Remembering our military on Veterans Day
It was the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when I visited with retired U.S. Army Col. Scott McChrystal, head of military chaplaincy for the Assemblies of God, about the importance of Veterans Day.
He told me, “We have a heritage as a nation and people need to know that in this country men and women have put their lives on the line for more than two centuries for the freedoms we have.”
I was glad to hear Scott feels our country’s patriotism is strong. “Anytime I’m in uniform or with somebody in uniform,” he said, “people go out of their way to come up and pay their respects.”
Our men and women in uniform today are important, but so are our veterans. They must not be forgotten.
Scott is a veteran of an unpopular war (Vietnam), and he knows our military personnel can be unappreciated — even scorned.
He suggests prayer is what is needed most, but beyond that, we need to take some tangible action, like sending mail, packages, gifts and supplies to soldiers. Scott knows what he’s talking about; he has a son in Afghanistan.
“There are a thousand different ways to help,” Scott says. “The important thing is to take one or two of those and do it.”
We are providing one way. Log on to AGmilitary.blogspot.com. It is a special Military Personnel Appreciation site where anyone can leave words of appreciation in general, or for specific individuals.
Let’s tell our brave men and women we recognize their courage and sacrifice, and that we are praying for them. Your words can make a difference.
The military chaplaincy department provides literature and other supplies that help our chaplains and military personnel. Log on to tpe.podbean.com for two special podcasts with Col. McChrystal.
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