Bible Commentary: “Veterans Day”November 11, 2015 at 6:59 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.” (2 Samuel 1:11-12)
For the benefit of our international readers today we celebrate Veterans Day in the United States. Veterans Day is a time for our nation and families to gather and honor all those, living and dead, who served in our armed forces.
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day”.
Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “the War to end all Wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.
Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. To honor our unknown soldiers from each war, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, The 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.
Child of God – Psalm 116:15 tells us, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints”. The valiant men and women who died defending our world will always be remembered. The valiant men and women who serve our countries in the respective armed services should be honored as they risk their lives to keep our world free as God intended. We here at Word of Encouragement salute all persons in all armed forces, living and deceased, on this day and all days. Thank you.
God is given us precious freedoms that are worth fighting and dying for to defend. Just like the way our veterans fought and died to defend us.
Let us take a moment to remember the conflict in the Middle East as Israel fights to defend herself from others that would take what is rightfully hers. Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem and our brethren over there.
Lord, we pray for the protection of your children in Israel and we ask you for the peace in Jerusalem. Lord bring peace to your land. Amen.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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