The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat the soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on life’s parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread;
But glory guards with solemn dignity the bivouac of the dead.”
~Theodore O’Hara, 1847~
Can anything be more ironic than the lives of our nation’s military? They love America, so they spend long years in foreign lands far from her shores. They revere freedom, yet they sacrifice their own so that others may be free. They defend their own right to live as individuals, yet yield their individuality in that cause. Perhaps, most paradoxically of all, they value life, yet so bravely they ready themselves to die in the service of their country.
Lord God, Remember those who have fought so bravely. Keep their families and loved ones in You're loving care. Bring Your people the peace in our hearts and minds we so desire as we await Your destined return. Give those of us still living the eyes to see our horizon and the tongues to speak Your truth. Thank You for Your unconditional love, Father. Amen