This day is set aside to remember our veterans with gratitude and appreciation. Can you imagine where our country would be without them? Their dedication, hard work, and sacrifice provides us with our freedom. To simply say thank you seems so small compared to what so many have given.
The most beloved veteran in my heart and mind is my dad. He bravely served in WW2 in the South Pacific arena. He was in the Army serving as a medic and cook. He was a truly wonderful man and it was a tremendous blessing to have him as my father.
Many of Daddy’s belongings from that era of his life survived and made their way back home. I have numerous photos, his trunk [which now serves as my coffee table], his trench shovel, and one of my most prized possessions, a military issued New Testament Bible.
The Bible has a metal front specifically made that way as a bullet shield intended to be carried in the soldier’s breast pocket. How awesome is that? Using God’s Word as a shield! I wonder if the military still does those sort of things.
Although the rust makes it hard to read, the metal is engraved in Old English script saying,
“May the Lord be with You.”
The foreword in the Bible has a message and signature from FDR.
So on this special day, I will say a simple prayer of gratitude for our veterans. Comparitively, it is a very humble offering but sincerely heartfelt.
May God always bless our veterans and our active service military members and their loved ones. They are appreciated and loved.