Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veteran's Day Salute

Today is Veteran's Day. We forgot to fly our flag. Sorry, Dad. All our country's veterans deserve at least that small show of appreciation.

I did attend the Veteran's Day ceremony at our grade school on Wednesday and found it quite moving. The whole school gathered outside by the flagpole It was a gloomy, foggy morning. They began by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then a navy veteran (in uniform) lowered the flag to half mast and we observed a moment of silence. Thinking of the sacrifice men and women in our armed forces have made and continue to make was choking me up. The dark skies only heightened that sense of sorrow and gratitude. But, get this: as the flag was being raised back up the pole, the sun burst through the fog in a long gleam of light. It was a stunning moment. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed it or even considered the symbolism in it.

So, to all the veterans who have served this country of ours, "thank you"! God bless you (I hope you feel the light of His face shining on you today).

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