A Heritage to All
Around the world, military personnel are deployed in distant lands apart from families and friends. Their cathedrals of worship are canvas tents, temporary buildings or open air churches. Dinner is served in a chow line instead of the family table. Finally, the means of contact with the world back home might be a letter read so often it is wrinkled and torn. These serve not for a career but the commitment to share the blessings of freedom to those under oppression.
Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.
Abraham Lincoln September 11th, 1858 in Edwardsville, Illinois
While some believe our nation has alternative motives, these men and women surrender the comforts of home and hearth to bring this heritage of liberty to the world.
A Hope in the Heart
Hope is not a feeling because there abides an expectation for a desire result. For the Christian who celebrates Christmas, Hope is one of the candles seen in the Advent ring. The candle of hope reminds believers of Christ’s victory over Death and Sin. Likewise, military personnel hope for the end of the mission and this mission in not without cost. Over 1 million Americans have died since the Revolutionary War. Seeking freedom from the British crown, our own Civil War and to the present, Americans have died here and on distant shores. Crosses, Stars of David, and other designations can be found in cemeteries on almost all continents for the hope of bringing peace and freedom. The mission hopefully will continue till all are free.
John F. Kennedy was injured during World War II and the rest of his life dealt with back pains which debilitated the president. Knowing the cost in his own life, President Kennedy reminds us the commitment of the American military is never surrender or submit. The adversity on the field of battle, the absence from family, and the assault to the body has never been a deterrent for the American Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airmen or Coast Guardsman. They serve when others refuse to accept these costs. This Christmas, thank them for your freedom.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. John F. Kennedy