Last week I posted that our church would be honoring military,firefighters, rescue personnel and police officers in our Sunday service.
Our pastor's thought is that youth living in this generation and
especially in the area where we live,
are not given ample opportunity to thank those who make sacrifices
necessary to secure the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S.
I did not mention in that post that a replica
of the Vietnam Memorial Wall would be on display all weekend at our church.
|Much bigger than I imagined|
|over 53,000 names inscribed|
|The American Legion was there to |
assist finding familiar names
and provide paper and pencil to
trace the names of loved ones.
The American Veterans Travel Tribute
brought in the Wall and put it together.
They guarded it day and night.
What a wonderful tribute this weekend as our church
gave "honor to whom honor is due." Romans 13:7.
The Honor Guard from the Plano West High School ROTC
presented the colors,
We sang the National Anthem.
Congressman Sam Johnson
(a former POW at Hanoi Hilton for 7 years)
led all of us in saying the Pledge to our flag.
We cheered and applauded those who had gone forward to be honored.
We prayed for them.
It was an outstanding tribute to the people who make sacrifices for us daily.
I wanted to cry out somewhere (where??)
"People! Don't forget how much has been given and
how much blood has been shed
so that you can have freedom to even be here,
to live the standard of life you have,
to learn, to work, to vote.
Let's don't lose it!"
Most appropriate especially this week
as we remembered the tragedies of 9/11,
the victims, the heroes, and the families and friends of both.