Posted by Peggy Utley

Patriotism is a good thing. It is healthy for a country. It is an honorable spirit. Patriotism goes hand in hand with citizenship, with belonging, with a sense of pride and admiration for your country, for who you are and what you stand for.  It demonstrates love for your country and for those who serve it faithfully.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially named Veterans Day in 1954, calling upon “all citizens to join hands in a common purpose – to solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.”

Veterans Day is proper recognition of our living soldiers, men and women who have fought in major conflicts on behalf of our country. It is not to be confused with Memorial Day when we honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. For both we have the most profound gratitude.

Just think about our armed forces. While we are enjoying parades, ball games, city, state and national parks, etc they are keeping us safe. While we are sleeping, they are risking their lives so that we can sleep in peace. While we are taking a walk in the woods, sitting beside a quiet pond or a bubbling stream enjoying the beauty of nature, they are dodging bullets, bombs and hidden minds trying to survive and advance against the enemy. While we are going about our normal daily activities, they are standing in harm’s way with deep resolve, determination and commitment.

On this Veterans day, November 11, 2016 and every day, for all veterans who have been there to defend us and protect us, we are grateful. God Bless our veterans. God Bless the United States of America.

In His Love,

Charles