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Thoughts on This Veterans Day

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War came to an end.

The Armistice was signed for the War to End All Wars, but peace was built on a shoddy foundation, and war returned, nastier than ever. The end of the Second World War brought the United Nations and the promise of rational negotiation and eternal peace. Instead the nuclear era introduced the tense decades of the Cold War, flaring up in brutal regional wars in Korea, Vietnam, and throughout Africa and Central and South America. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall brought optimism for a peaceful, democratic world. This was shattered by the terrorist tactics of a new enemy without borders to attack or a government to negotiate with. A cowardly enemy that cheers when children blow up children or when unarmed soldiers are murdered on their home base.

The human heart yearns for peace but is drawn to war. We can argue about it and say it shouldn’t be this way, but it is.

That’s why our armed services are vital. Our veterans have repelled the forces of Fascism, Totalitarianism, and Communism, and for this we owe them our eternal gratitude. Our active servicemen and servicewomen are currently fighting the forces of Terrorism, and for this we owe them our active support and appreciation.

On this 11th day of the 11th month, we thank the members of our armed services, past and present, for protecting our lives, our homes, and our freedom. May God bless you in your efforts.

5 Responses to “Thoughts on This Veterans Day”

  1. Noelle the dreamer

    Lest we forget, Freedom is not cheap! Thank you Sarah for expressing what many of us feels particularly today! As a Soldier’s Angel I know many of our servicemen/women appreciate thoughts and prayers whilst being deployed.
    Blessings to you and yours,

  2. Sarah Sundin

    Thank you, Noelle! My thoughts and prayers are with them – and I’m thankful the Lord is always with them.

  3. Kathy Fellure

    Thank you for recognizing our troops, Sarah. My husband retired from the USAF after serving in the Gulf War and 20 years of service. My oldest son is in his 19th year serving as a USAF special forces Combat Controller and has been deployed to war 16 times since he first served in the Iraq War. Freedom isn’t free. Chris’s oldest daughter, Meckennah will be signing delayed enlistment into tthe US Coast Guard on November 17th. Please keep Kennah Bear in your prayers. My dad would have been so proud, he was A WWII Coast Guard vet. The Lord will keep my granddaughter under the protection of His wing as He has the men in our family. She knows the cost. Blessings, Kathy

  4. Sarah Sundin

    Kathy – that is so wonderful! I love the legacy of service in your family. Your Kennah will be in my prayers.