THE AMERICAN SACRIFICE
The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass..“Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?”The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.”
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God."Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's Streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
~Author UnknownLet us never forget the sacrifices made by the armed forces of the United States. If it weren't for the United States military, there would be NO United States of America.
THE AMERICAN FLAG
One nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice for all
THE AMERICAN EAGLE
One of the most significant icons of freedom is our national bird, the majestic bald eagle. Make the connection of the eagle's strength to that of America, the land and its people.
OUR FOUNDING FATHERS
How do you plan to celebrate Presidents' Day? It is much, much more than simply the sales, sales, sales that are so widely advertised. What better time to pay tribute to America and our founding fathers than on this day!
It is not unusual for the sons and daughters of WWII veterans to know almost nothing of their fathers' wartime experiences. For the veterans who survived the ordeal, the memories are too painful. Most never talk about the battle(s) that haunt them to the grave. So, I invite you to share with me a time in the life of my dad filled with unspoken words: The Battle of Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945. View it now and on the days that follow but especially next Thursday on the 23rd of February.