Memorial Day is the observance of those who died defending our country, but during this holiday Weekend, think about and pray for our men and women who serve in the armed forces and are deployed or returning home for a bit and will be returning soon to complete their deployment or facing another deployment. Pray for their wives, husbands and children.
Pray for those in military service, because those who we see on TV surprising their children on leave could be the last time for them with their families. They could lose their lives after they return to their deployments. That happen to a young man last year in the Philadelphia area. Local TV news reported the soldier on leave returning to Philly. I watched him on TV meet his mother at the airport. About a month and a half later after he returned to Afghanistan, he was killed in action. Let us pray for the Lord’s protection over those serving in combat to return home physically and mentally unharmed.
The outer images below are of soldiers returning to their families. In one image, a father is seeing his baby daughter for the first time. The middle image is one of a deploying soldier.
On this Veterans Day, let us pause to give honor to those who have served our country in the armed forces. I am a great admirer of wounded veteran J. R. Martinez, who was on the defunct soap opera, All My Children and still dancing as of this post, on Dancing with the Stars. Mr. Martinez at 19 years of age suffered burns over 40% of his body when the Humvee he was driving hit a landmine in Iraq. The burns have altered his physical appearance, but, his facial scarring seems to evaporate after seeing him in action. He has such a contagious smile and an upbeat personality. God bless him.
Here are the veteran and burn causes that he supports:
Operation Finally Home
Rise and Honor Veterans Day 11-11-11
Please click on the photo of actor of Gary Sinise (CSI-New York) to get info on American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
Also go here for the Wounded Warrior Project’s benefit services for veterans.
Go here for my 2010 veteran salute
A military veteran speaks to a college audience and gets mocked and jeered. Well, I saw this unbelievable reaction to folks in the military and veterans, in 2007/2008, when people mocked Sen. John McCain’s military service when he was a running for President of this country. That was abominable. Those courageous people in the armed forces use to be supported, respected and loved by most people regardless of political outlook. Now those in the armed forces are almost hated by those on those gathering on the extreme leftist side.
This latest abominable behavior towards someone who has fought for our protection happened to Anthony Maschek, a former army staff sergeant who received the Purple Heart. He suffers from being shot 11 times in a firefight in Iraq. As a student there, he spoke at Columbia University to promote a possible return of ROTC ( Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) on the campus. Students against the return came to protest, which in itself is not wrong, because we have that right to do so. But the name calling and jeering directed at this veteran of valor in wheel chair with loss of limb is so loathsome! State your objections in a respectful and professional way. Why get personal with nasty attacks?
Just think, these ivy league students who jeered and insulted this wounded veteran for his service to our country are future leaders. Hopefully, when some of them mature and experience the ups and downs of life, they will come to regret their behavior towards Anthony Maschek. Listen to a little of what happened here. Read about it here.
Let’s take a little trip back in history to see a few events that took place on this date.
- 1817 – Simon Bolivar established the independent government of Venezuela.
I learned this fact in the 5th grade. Is this type of history taught anymore?
- 1831 – Escaped slave Nat Turner apprehended in Southampton County, VA, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history.
I first heard of Nat Turner near the end of high school in the late 60s.
- 1938 – Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.
Can you imagine how people got a few things together and started running and hiding! Where could they go for safety!
- 1954 – The last All-Negro unit abolished in the desegregation of the Army in 1954.
My father served during World War II when the armed forces were completely segregated. He talked often about his returns to his unit in the south from Philly and having to go to the ragged, dusty “colored” coaches when the train pulled in to Washington, D. C.. Just think, our country’s capital was the boundary for where you could travel into legal segregation!
- 1972 – U.S. President Richard Nixon approved legislation to increase Social Security spending by $5.3 billion.
Yes, Republican Presidents have contributed their share in increasing entitlement spending.
- 1975 – The New York Daily News ran the headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” The headline came a day after U.S. President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
I did not like Gerald R. Ford, but I liked his wife, Betty. When I saw his record of voting against government programs for blacks and the poor, I was reacting from a liberal perspective. Due to my growing conservatism, I no longer dislike Gerald R. Ford.
- 1976 – Joseph H. Evans became the first black leader of the United Church of Christ.
In true Christianity, people will come under Christ centered leadership regardless of human leaders’ race or ethnicity.
- 1979 – Richard Arrington elected as the first black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
Remember 20 years earlier, Birmingham, Alabama was legally racially segregated and KKK dominated.
- 1991 – While still black owned (Robert Johnson) Black Entertainment becomes the first black-controlled company on the New York Stock Exchange selling 4.2 million shares.
BET was easier to watch back then. I watched the news discussion programs, which were liberal,left bent. Now remember, I was on the liberal side in 1991. BET programing really declined in quality. The channel has grown up the raunchy meter. The news programing regardless of ideology should still be a part of the channel. Currently, I occasionally catch an award show or a movie on the channel.
I am for restoring voting rights to most convicted felons after they have served their time and are positively contributing to society in some way. I think of Charles Colson convicted of crimes connected to Watergate back in the 70s and who now presides over a successful prison ministry and is a syndicated columnist as an example. I am against voting rights for all felons while serving prison sentences. The fact that those serving time in Cook County, Illinois prisons received hand delivered voting ballots, while it looks like some of our men and women serving in the armed forces overseas may not receive voting ballots in time for the November 2nd election is unconscionable.