I debated whether to put this thread in the praise section or here, and obviously I decided here. We need to remember on this Memorial Day, to praise God for the many men and women who risk their lives daily so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have. We also, though, need to remember to pray for all of those currently serving and all of the veterans and their families. Without them, we, as Americans, might not be able to worship God and share his love with others without fear of persecution. I ask that we all remember to pray that those who are overseas return home safe and sound. I also ask that we all remember to pray for all of the families of those who have died defending our country. Finally, I ask that we all remember to pray for those veterans who are now civilians again, that their lives may be blessed for the sacrifices they have made.
I think this poem says it all:
Thanks to Them
by Roger W Hancock
Thanks to them who as young men,
Left family, loves, and friends.
Normal carefree lives now stay.
To learn a warrior’s way.
Thanks to them who’s lives begin,
Childhood cut short, adults become.
Responsibility in them begin,
For service to their fellow man
Thanks to them, our young ladies,
Who served as much as well.
All capacities to serve,
Honor earned, our honor owed
Thank you for your service boy,
Now in pride I call you man.
Discipline for your deploy,
To follow orders others plan.
Thanks to them on battlefield,
Youth long passed just yesterday.
Growing up in a moments time,
Strength of man inside revealed.
Thanks to them our armed forces,
Who enable peace at home.
Thanks to them that gave up youth,
To serve for those back home.
Thanks to them who gave their lives,
May God . . . grant long liberty.
Thanks to them with wounded lives,
May God, grant strength to live.
Thanks to them, now Veterans,
Honor we give, yet owe much more.
Honored segment of society,
Our duty to thank your duty served.
Thanks to them can never pay,
Sacrifice of life and limbs.
Nothing ever we can say,
cannot, their sacrifice, repay.
Thanks to them, our servicemen,
Backbone of America’s might.
Thanks to them, continued strength,
Thanks to them, yet owe much more.