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The holiday that hurts
« on: November 09, 2015, 05:08:17 PM »
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The holiday that hurts
2015/10/06/in Newsletter, WELS Nurses news

Written by Rev. Paul C. Ziemer, National Civilian Chaplain to the Military, Armed Forces Liaison of WELS

Veterans Day hurts. It doesn’t cause a sharp pain. It’s more like a series of dull aches that remind one of earlier injuries. Veterans Day makes us think of war, and the pain that war brings. It tells us that a generation of our forefathers was greatly mistaken.

America did not so much jump into World War One as it was pushed in. But once engaged, the country responded with great enthusiasm. Posters were made, songs were written, and laws were passed in support of the war. This is when many Lutheran churches stopped using the German language in worship services and schools.

They said it would be, “The war to end all wars.” So, when the armistice was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1918, there were those who believed they were seeing the last generation of military veterans. There would be no more war veterans after this, they thought, because there would be no more wars.

It pains us to think how naďve they were. The sons of these same troops would march off to fight over some of the same ground their fathers had once fought for. Sons of World War Two veterans would fly off to battle in some rice paddies in Southeast Asia. Sons and daughters of those veterans would head off to combat in two wars in the Middle East. And, it is not over yet.

One Veterans Day ache makes us recall that thousands upon thousands of young Americans have gone to distant and dangerous places to keep death and danger from our shores. Veterans serve as a reminder of the failure of mankind to end war. It’s a sign of our weakness. This ache comes from disappointment.

Another ache is felt. This one prompts us to realize how rarely many of us think about the sacrifices that others have made to defend our country. It hurts to think that some of our fellow citizens have invested years of their lives; some have sacrificed limbs; some have sacrificed lives—and we seldom appreciate it. We seldom thank those veterans who live among us. This ache comes from regret.

The deepest ache is caused by shame. Beyond everything else, and everyone else, we have neglected to give adequate credit to the One who shields our country from above and beyond. It is he who provided America with the necessary arms and Armed Forces. It is he who gave us the victories (those battles could have so easily been lost). It is he who blessed the efforts of the defenders of freedom. It is shameful for us to boast of our strength.

In the end, the Lord of the Nations is the only source of peace. His armistice was announced over the fields of Bethlehem when he sent the Prince of Peace into the world. The warfare between God and mankind is over. That peace stands forever.

The Veterans Day hurt is a good hurt, however. It prompts us to appreciate those that have served in the Armed Forces of America—and to thank the Lord our God for providing them.

This hurt makes us ache for peace.

 


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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2015, 05:14:58 PM »
Thankful for each of you reading who may have served.  Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2015, 05:16:48 PM »
Thankful for each of you reading who may have served.  Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your service and Thanks to all the Veterans here at ALPB...

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2015, 05:49:59 PM »
Well done!

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2015, 06:01:09 PM »
Talk is cheap!  If our nation were serious about honoring those who serve in the military, we would commit to the principles of just war.  Too often we have failed them by failing in that commitment.  Too often, the church has been silent or, worse, complicit, when the nation has gone to war for unjust reasons.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2015, 06:19:22 PM »
Talk isn't quite that cheap.  Two simple words, "Thank you," can mean the world to someone - making one feel affirmed and appreciated.   In one of Bonhoeffer's books and I believe it is Letters and Papers from Prison, I recall him writing that there is hardly anything that can make us happier than to know we count for something [with another] (paraphrasing here). 

A number of years ago, when we first sent troops to the Mideast after 9/11, one of our MNYS pastors was deployed (he was in the National Guard).  He was sent somewhere in the South (can't quite remember where) and his work was to counsel soldiers returning home and trying to pick up where they left off with their families, their jobs, friends…  He also was the one who would be part of a contingent to bring the news of the death of a loved one.  This pastor wrote letters to his congregation and, though not a member of this congregation, I was privileged to receive these letters.  He told stories of his ministry in such a beautiful way.  Though he was the one who counseled and brought devastating news, he faded into the background of each story and we vividly presented the stories of those to whom he ministered -- so vividly that one felt part of the story and could do nothing but pray for these people.  It occurred to me that he was actually extending his congregation by connecting these men and women to his congregation through prayer.  What a beautiful way to honor their service to our country.

As the daughter of a Marine and wife of a Marine - Semper Fi and thank you. 

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2015, 06:32:40 PM »
let us not forget

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOpnRAOxpLE

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2015, 07:37:55 PM »
Thank you for the post.
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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2015, 07:51:31 PM »
Thank you to all who have served our nation and put your lives on the line for freedom.

May we also remember the unsung heroes who did not wear a uniform but waited and prayed at home - the families of our Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn06ruxh2pA

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2015, 08:24:21 PM »
Thank you to all who have served our nation and put your lives on the line for freedom.

May we also remember the unsung heroes who did not wear a uniform but waited and prayed at home - the families of our Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn06ruxh2pA

Well stated, Admiral Gard.

And may God save us from aging hippies who cannot comprehend what this thread is about.

As my father who walked away from Ishimi Ridge in the Battle of Okinawa often said, "The real heroes are those who didn't come home." May those who made the ultimate sacrifice rest safely in His arms.

http://alpb.org/Forum/index.php?topic=5237.msg320488#msg320488
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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2015, 08:33:03 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn06ruxh2pA


And may God save us from aging hippies who cannot comprehend what this thread is about.
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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2015, 08:43:21 PM »
Remember also, on the 11th day of November, the veteran soldier-saints of antiquity, especially Martin of Tours.

In the Orthodox Church we remember these soldier-saints at every Orthros:  George the trophy-bearer, Demetrios the mhyrr-streaming, Theodore the recruit and Theodore the General.   And at the most solemn point of the Divine Liturgy, we pray for "the President of the United States and all civil authorities, and for our Armed Forces everywhere [and their families]....may the Lord our God remember them in His Heavenly Kingdom, now and ever and unto ages of ages."
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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2015, 09:09:38 PM »
Thank you to all the veterans on the forum.  I am not a veteran.  I am one who is thankful for your service.

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2015, 09:20:30 PM »
Thank you to all the veterans on the forum.  I am not a veteran.  I am one who is thankful for your service.

Brian J. Bergs
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+1

I had a very large "number" and thus missed being called for Vietnam.  My grandfathers were both WWI vets, my father was a WWII vet who was wounded severely in Sicily but survived ... thus I was given life when he returned safely.  My uncles also all proudly served in WWII.

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Re: The holiday that hurts
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2015, 08:50:03 AM »
Thank you to all who have served our nation and put your lives on the line for freedom.

May we also remember the unsung heroes who did not wear a uniform but waited and prayed at home - the families of our Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn06ruxh2pA

Well stated, Admiral Gard.

And may God save us from aging hippies who cannot comprehend what this thread is about.

As my father who walked away from Ishimi Ridge in the Battle of Okinawa often said, "The real heroes are those who didn't come home." May those who made the ultimate sacrifice rest safely in His arms.

http://alpb.org/Forum/index.php?topic=5237.msg320488#msg320488

Thank you for sharing this memory of your father.  You bring to mind a very loving memory of my dad.  He wrote a short paragraph on WWII in response to an invitation from PBS to WWII veterans.  My dad wrote about coming onshore in Saipan and witnessing so many men dying around him.  He wanted their families to know that they were the real heroes.  These veterans gave such selfless service and many the ultimate sacrifice.