My Veteran’s Day Tribute

I wanted to honor our Veterans today. What better way than to share what they had to say? Be their voices, stand with them, and honor them with our words and actions. Thank you to all who have served.

“I realized that if I don’t just respect and remember and honor the boys who were there with me, nobody’s going to.”
Richard R. DeLeon, Tayninh, Vietnam.

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As a medic in Vietnam, Richard DeLeon, who had prided himself as a street-tough New Yorker, saw things he would never see in Manhattan. What impressed him most was the camaraderie the men felt for him and one another, the kind of fierce loyalty that drove his best buddy to rescue the lone survivor of a copter crash at the risk of his own life. DeLeon had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life, especially when he saw how cavalier his co-workers on Wall Street were about the casualties of war.

“Every soldier learns in time that war is a lonely business,” wrote Matthew Ridgway, one of America’s great generals, who served in World War II and Korea. In the face of Ridgway’s accurate observation is any soldier’s sense that in battle, the man on your right or the man on your left could be the man who saves your life. Here are the stories of veterans who came to understand that, as lonely a business as war can be, the camaraderie planted in basic training and nurtured through the hardships of the battlefield is a powerful weapon against fear.”

quoted from “Experiencing War” the Library of Congress Veterans History Project site, as are the other quotes below. Go visit the site Forever A Soldier book highlight

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Aushwitz 70th Anniversary of Liberation

Please honor the memories of those who suffered and those who gave to free the suffering. Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the largest concentration camp being liberated. Here are some articles that are a good way to contemplate this day in history:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30996555

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/auschwitz-survivor-gena-turgel-walked-out-gas-chamber-alive-n293496

http://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/online-features/special-focus/liberation-of-auschwitz

http://time.com/3683841/auschwitz-anniversary-seventy/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11371755/Auschwitz-70th-anniversary-of-concentration-camps-liberation-in-pictures.html?frame=3177689

What do you Stand for?

Yes, this is my second ‘political’ post in a row. Uh-oh. That might label me as a fanatic. That might stop some of you from reading my blog anymore. But I feel very strongly about what I am supposed to Stand for.

People stand for so many things – to applaud a great show, to greet people when they walk in the room, in the middle of a discussion when things start to get heated, when the national anthem plays, etc. Taking a stand can have a lot of meaning.

What do you stand for?

I’ve been signing a lot of petitions lately. Like ACLJ‘s petitions against the IRS scandals and their fight for pro-life. And Susana Martinez petition for New Mexico residents to stand for our gun rights. And also, I’m taking a stand with the citizens of Murrieta (this hits close to home for me as I spent one year living in Murrieta as a kid) and signed Grassfire’s petition in their current fight for their city (you can read more about that on Liberty News.) In this kind of Standing, I’m choosing to associate myself with the political beliefs I say I have. I’m doing a little something about that, and saying, yes, I will stand next to these people who are standing up for rights, and standing against those who want to take away those rights.

Another way to stand is to speak. Share with your friends the information you get about what is going on. And say something! I’m not afraid to speak, it’s my God-given right. That is why I posted my thoughts in We the People earlier this week. And that’s why I’m saying something now. A fellow blogger of mine, Grace for Elle, is speaking out with her husband in a huge way, with a film about standing for our freedoms coming out on July 18th called Persecuted. Please take the time to watch the trailer for this movie HERE.

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I have to add to this one more thing. I had a verse in my head all day after writing this post about standing. Yes, it’s important to take a stand in these political things. It’s of much more importance to take a stand for believing in God, and to stand against attacks on that belief – and we do so in God’s power and might that was exemplified in sacrifice and love. Ephesians 6:10-13 says,

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

 

 

We the People

As we celebrated 4th of July yesterday, it was a

very special time. The base here in Germany did

a great job. But I have one thing that I have to say

that didn’t go so very well:
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When the fireworks started for the end of the celebration, the music did not reflect the reason. Instead of patriotic songs that embody the celebration of our Independence day, the tunes varied from latin pop to electra to a couple instrumental American melodies, but then back to “I’m sexy and I know it.” I was angered, disappointed, and even spoke out about it at first. As did two of the ladies who were with me. When the inappropriate  songs started, we  sang over it at the top of our lungs, “God bless America” and then “Your’e a grand Ol’ Flag.” At first it seemed to have an effect. That’s when about 9 minutes of songs meant for a 4th of July fireworks began. But then the music took a turn again – we just sat and shook our heads.

 

Why does this matter, you may wonder? I’ll tell you why it is important: because when we allow even small be-littlings such as these to taint the sacredness of the value of our freedoms, our justice and our liberty that was fought for and died for by so many, we are leaving room for someone else to speak for us and take those rights away. It’s just an example of what is happening in our country as people continue to be silent and be willing to suffer unnecessary abolishment to our liberty and freedom.

33-1196545384 There are many strong words that can be said, and have been said, concerning this important day in American History, and how we should celebrate it. I ran across a blog though that I feel already says it so well, so please go visit Holly’s site and read her post in it’s entirety. But I’ll quote a few things she had to say about the 4th of July here:

“…as the tide of radical Islam spreads rapidly and our government continues to fail our trust, this year is as good as any to remember “We the People.”…We the People can do anything.  In this so-called information age, the common person is as uninformed as ever….We the People have grown accustomed to a government that grows more tyrannical every day.  We accept overreaches of our government, breaches of the Constitution, and the decaying of our values because they are not gross in comparison to the last overreach, breach, or decay…. The “He” we face today is that bulbous, stinking, out of control federal mass that recreates and mutates into an uglier, more sinister cancer all the time.  Wake up.  Talk with your family and friends.  Get informed.  This is the only way to reverse our course in a prudent and peaceful way.”

Looking back on yesterday’s Memorial Day…

Soldier's Memories

Have a Memorial Day…

                                Remember the Fallen…

                                                                                Remember their Families…

I was speaking with my dad at the end of the day; my husband, kids, and I had finished our day with a few tribute videos, standing to the National Anthem, and praying for the families who have lost loved ones. My husband can number friends among those fallen in the recent years, as can I. My dad almost said “Happy Memorial Day” then said, no that is not fitting. We talked about how it should be said: Respectful Memorial Day, Appreciate Memorial Day, Consider Memorial Day… and then we came to a thought at the same time. Have a Memorial Day. If you took time to consider the fallen, show respect for those who gave all, and made your gratitude and appreciation visible by either wearing a patriotic symbol, having a moment of silence, saying a prayer, or visiting a cemetery, you did just that.

We also need to remember what those men and women gave their lives for: Freedom. And I’ll warn you that this is a moment where I will speak ‘un-politically correct’ for a second. There are people who want to give up those freedoms for nothing. There are people in power that want you to de-value the things men and women have fought and given all for – don’t sit back and let it happen. I read an article this morning that spoke out about this. Scott Greer wrote very well about not giving in to the control that some want to exercise over a people who have been free for over 200 years, so I won’t re-iterate what he said, go read it for yourself.

The bottom line is, don’t ever forget. Don’t ever stop standing. And thank you to the men and women who continue to do just that.