Today is Veteran’s Day.
We honor our Veterans on this day and rightly so, as they have lived and died for our freedom.
We honor our Veterans from all walks of Military Service.
Our Twin boys both served in the Navy, just as their father and their grandfather and two Uncles.
Another of their Uncles served in the Air Force and was killed in action.
On my side of the family, My own father, grandfather and one Uncle served in the Army.
One Brother-in-law served in the Air Force and another Brother-in-law served in the Navy.
I have always been proud of all of their Military time.
I was fortunate, that all but one, returned home alive.
We honor them all on this Veteran’s Day.
“THE SOLDIER ABOVE ALL OTHERS PRAYS FOR PEACE. FOR IT IS THE SOLDIER WHO MUST SUFFER AND BEAR THE DEEPEST WOUNDS AND SCARS OF WAR.”
But I also want to honor the other veterans.
Let’s not forget the POWs/MIAs.
The ones who didn’t make it home with a flag draped over their coffin.
The Missing Men and Women.
There is a special memorial for the Missing.
We would like this table setting to be in honor of them.
Like many other people, We don’t want them to be forgotten.
I have obtained a protocol (program for the ways) to honor our Missing and the suggested words are below.:
The Army, The Air Force, The Marines and The Navy are remembered at this particular table.
- “This table is reserved and is set-up to honor our missing comrades in arms.”
- “The table is round – to show our everlasting concern for our missing soldiers.”
- “The tablecloth/placemats is/are white – symbolizing their motives when answering the call to duty.”
- “The single red rose, displayed in a vase – reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith awaiting answers.”
- “The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon – symbol for our continued determination to account for our missing.”
- “A slice of lemon – is to remind of us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.”
- “A pinch of salt – symbolize the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.”
- “The Bible – represents the strength gained through Faith to sustain those lost from our country founded as one nation under God.”
- “The lit candle – to symbolize a light of hope that lives in hearts to illuminate the missing’s way home.”
- “The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast.”
- “The chair is empty – they are missing.”
“THE VETERANS OF OUR MILITARY SERVICES HAVE PUT THEIR LIIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT THE FREEDOMS THAT WE ENJOY. THEY HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO THEIR COUNTRY AND DESERVE TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR COMMITMENT.”
“THE TRUE SOLDIER FIGHTS NOT BECAUSE HE HATES WHAT IS IN FRONT OF HIM, BUT BECAUSE HE LOVES WHAT IS BEHIND HIM.”
A Soldier’s Prayer:
Dear Lord; please listen as I pray to you
and proudly defend the red, white and blue
I will always serve you and my country,
And be the best person that I can be.
Let us all raise a glass or cup on this day in a toast to honor America’s POWs/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them.
Blessings to all the families and friends
And Blessings to all who have served in our Military Services.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. In God, whose Word I praise-in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”