"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may ovenvhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever." Thomas Jefferson
Let us pray for this country each and every day. We can recover but it will take God to do it!
"In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements....All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness--and all created Power Vanity”. John Hancock
Memorial Day Notes
Well, another Memorial Day has past. I hope you were able to devote at least a little time in remembrance of those who died in the service of this country.
Although the services are done, our job at Focus on Veterans is still far from over. Once again we put flags out at the local cemeteries in the Brookfield area. As I have said before, this is the most time consuming and labor intensive of all our projects but at the same time it is the most rewarding! When I think of the sacrifices made by our veterans, a few hours a year to place a flag on their graves is the very least I can do to show my appreciation.
Now, in a day or two we will go back out to retrieve those flags so they can be counted, sorted and put away for use again next year. So as you can see, we still have several hours of work left to us before we can call “Mission Complete” on another Memorial Day.
As I have said before, we pick up these flags so they will stay in good condition and will last several years. If we pick up a flag that you wanted left on a grave please give me a call and we will make sure it gets put back.
Speaking of our Cemetery Flag Project, I really look forward to doing this each year. I have to admit that I am not as young as I used to be and after several rows of placing flags I really start to feel my age!
Yet, I am very particular about this project and will continue to do this as long as God allows me to!
We have been doing this since May 2000. After years of reading the names and inscriptions on the stones and markers, these have become more than just a name on a stone.
I see them for who they really are. They were sons, fathers and brothers. They were folks we knew and loved. Some gave their lives in defense of this country. Others served then came home to live out their lives raising a family or whatever God may have led them to.
They deserve to be honored and remembered not one day a year but everyday! My children help with this project and each year I explain to them that they should look at this as an honor and a privilege.
My goal, my prayer is that our youth will learn as much as they can about our veterans and thus gain a great appreciation for what they have done.
Pray for our country and our leaders. May God give them wisdom...they sure need it! Remember those who made our freedoms possible. Have you hugged a veteran today?
As always, I am for God, duty, honor and country.
Ok, I have been off-line for awhile now but I think I will try to get back on track again. A lot of things have happened since my last entry. The so-called stimulis bill is being muscled through congress, the economy is going through a rough time, bad weather,etc. Even the Chiefs have been making news around her with the change of Head Coaches!
Personally, I believe with the track record of our congress, we would be better off if they leave the economy alone and just continue to get paid for doing nothing. it's a shame, but when they finally decide to do something, it's too late and they screw it up anyway!
INNOCENCE IS PRICELESS
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood b eside the little boy, and said quietly, 'Good morning Alex.'
'Good morning Pastor,' he replied, still focused on the plaque. 'Pastor, what is this? '
The pastor said, 'Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.'
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked,
'Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:30?'
Today marks the 7th anniversary of the tragedy of 11 September 2001. I think it is important that we remember this day. I think it is important that we also teach our children what really happened on that day.
We were attacked by radical muslim extremist terrorists. Many innocent people died that day as the attacks were carried out against unsuspected Americans just starting our about to start their day. The Pentagon was of course targeted as well.
Sadly since that day we have lost many more as we waged our war on terrorism. The cost was high and the war is long but we must continue to fight and defend this country.Terrorism must never succeed in changing us.
We must also teach our children about what really happened. It seems as though some schools have taken the course to teach our children that perhaps we were to blame.We must ensure that our children know the truth and not the watered down, revisionist junk that some would have them believe!
Now, please also pray that God will continue to watch over us and guide us in this difficult time!