Veterans Day is that one special day when all America pauses in gratitude for and honor of those living men and women who have taken an oath to ” … support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
While the young men and women who make this affirmation come from varied nationalities, differing socio-economic backgrounds, and religious experiences, but they all come together in this common oath. The basic training provided by each branch of the United States military, the length of training, and certainly the MOS (military occupational service) training all vary, but all towards the fulfillment of a singular goal—the support and defense of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Although a growing number of politicians, from the president to congress, seems to have forgotten either the constitution or the oath they swore when taking office, the vast majority of the men and women of our armed forces—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps—put their very lives on the line daily. These who have so seriously taken their oaths deserve the utmost of respect from all Americans.
BTW, do you pray? If so, here are a couple of things about which you can pray. First, after thinking quietly about whom these men and women are and what they do to make our freedom possible, thank God for them—from the young recruits to the most elderly veterans. Second, ask God to sustain these troops and their families.
And to my own veteran son, USMC Sgt. Joshua D Peterson—you will never know how proud you and your older brother USMC Capt. Justin D Peterson have made your father, even at great cost. Semper Fidelis! The same can be said of my son-in-law USN Lt. Brandon Geddes!
Brother Dale, may God bless you and your family, especially during this special time.
Dale, thank you so much for your kind and articulate comments, your family’s service and especially the ultimate tremendous sacrifice. May Almighty God bless and encourage you and your family always. May God continue to protect all of America’s military service members, past, present, and future, as they endeavor to protect Her citizens and further our freedoms in defense of our US Constitution. Dave Wilson, MSgt, USAF (Ret.), FBC Courageous Men’s Ministry Leader.