Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, a day set aside to honor those who sacrifice for our freedoms. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on November 11, the same day as the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of our country.
There is much about the protective nature of the American Solider that reminds us of the nature of our Lord to protect His own:
2 Samuel 22:2-4
2 And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
4 I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Today, we pause to say thank you to every Veteran who has answered the call to protect the liberty and freedom that was given to us as a nation by a Holy God. We thank you for your service and we commit to train and educate the future generations to love God and to respect the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform that have served us all! May God Bless you and Happy Veterans Day!
Pastor Winston Parrish