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On Veterans Day...Thank You

This morning I stood with a group of veterans on the steps of our church to take a picture as part of a program honoring us on Veterans Day. In this group of 25 or so were veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and even a couple from Iraq. The oldest in the group was in his 90's. 

Later in the morning, I participated in another service where probably 50 or more Veterans were honored. We marched in as the song representing the branch of the military in which we served was played.

In a few moments at each of these events I surveyed these men and women and felt such honor to stand with them. It was obvious to me that all of them appreciated the idea that our churches and others would take a minute each year to say "thank you". 

In reality, none of them desired the honor, as each served our country at times when it needed them.  Most of them would do it again if they could. 

Today we have soldiers on the battlefield around the world serving to protect American interest. Even on this day we honor their service and pray for their safety. 

Let me say "thank you" to all who have served. Our cause was and still is worth fighting for, Freedom at home and abroad. May God Bless you all and May God continue to bless the United States of America.

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