Peanut butter jars - I like that!
Today is veterans day. Originally, this was Armistice Day, the official end of WWI, which was then known as the end of the war to end all wars. This proved to be false, and the name of this day was changed in 1954 to Veterans day, the day to honor veterans and active members of all branches of the service.
When you meet a veteran today, active or inactive, give them a “Thank you!” for their service to our country.
There are times when this is not practical or even possible, however, due to intervening crowds or circumstances. For those times, there is a “Thank you!” that started in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and is spreading across the country. It is based upon a hand gesture devised in the 1700's in a school for the deaf in France which meant “Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”.
Place your right hand, palm in, on your heart. Now lower your hand to just above waist level with your hand flat and palm up. Scott Truitt, the originator of this gesture, said “If you don't like the war, complain to the politicians!” I agree. The absolute national shame that came out in the Vietnam era where our fine young people who were serving our country were demonized by college kids who, through some sleight-of-hand, turned their cowardice into a moral high-ground, was a horror I never want to see repeated.
For God and Country is a song done by the Smashing Pumpkins. It is the title of a Dolly Parton Album. It is a book by James Yee. It is a feature in the American Legion magazine from February of 2010. It is a 1943 movie starring Ronald Ragean, and a 1994 German movie. It is a website, www.godandcountry.org
, that seems to be one of dozens of cookie-cutter sites owned by one George H. Russell and called the Patriot Network www.patriotnetwork.org
. It is a CBN article about the actions of Seal Team six. And it is MUCH more than just these. God and Country are intertwined together as the uppermost motives in the hearts, minds and lives of Christian Patriots. The two concepts are almost inseparable.
1 Chronicles 19:13 (KJV);
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.
Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our country -
May God bless each one of you, especially on this day.