Day by Day

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

History of Veteran's Day can be found here.

As for me, Veteran's Day is the day for me to reflect on all the men and women who have died for something greater than themselves. Whether it was to free themselves from tyranny, defend this country in it's early years, to right the horror of slavery, to defeat evil in it's many forms, or stand the wall facing our various enemies over the years, brave men and women have given their last full measure for this country and all who inhabit it. I personally don't think that one day to remember their sacrifice is enough. So make the most of it.

Thank a veteran. Volunteer at a local cemetery during the year. See if the VFW or American Legion need any help. Do just one small thing to recognize local vets. Because if everyone did just one small thing, the end result would be massive.

We enjoy the freedoms we have today because of those vet's sacrifices throughout the years.

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