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Honor to Whom Honor is Due

DSC01427_SnapseedToday in the United States we do what people of every nation do. We honor those who have given their lives for our own.

As we do, we answer one of the most important questions ever asked: What do we owe those who paid the ultimate price for their own land and people?

In the process, we also raise questions far beyond our ability to answer: What right do some of us have to live at the expense of what others have lost? Just as importantly, what right do we have to live without the hellish memories of those who came home to friends and family wounded in body and soul by the war they often wish they hadn’t survived? How can we begin to due justice not only to those who gave their lives, but to those who returned with wounds that seem–  worse than death?

(Romans 13:7)

To be continued…


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    “What do we owe to those who paid the ultimate price for their own land and people?”

    “What right do some of us have to live at the expense of what others have lost?”

    “What right do we have to live without the hellish memories of those who came home to friends and family wounded in body and soul by the war they often wish they hadn’t survived?”

    “How can we begin to do justice not only to those who gave their lives, but to those who returned with wounds that seem worse than death?”

    It is small wonder that Mart has shortened his questions for further comment as these 4 questions are quite a lot to ponder.

    As for the first question, we owe it to the dead to use their sacrifice as a means to make life better and fuller for their loved ones and ours, in essence to live on, but not forget their sacrifice.

    As for the second question, their sacrifice is just that a sacrifice for us, for all of us so that we can live on. Our right to do so is offered there in that sacrifice, to not do so is to dishonor their sacrifice.

    As for the third question, their love for family and friends is why they absorbed the horrors of war so that those they love do not have to. Once again our right to enjoy life without the nightmares of war is the gift the veteran offers.

    As to the fourth question, we begin to do justice by accepting their gift honoring their sacrifice and realizing that we all benefit from that sacrifice so we should treat the survivors as well as each other with mutual respect.

    Steve

  • BruceC says:

    They gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country they loved and the principles it was founded upon. To honor them I feel that we too must adhere to those same principles and defend them and live by them day by day.
    Just as the Church was built upon the sacrifice of Christ and then those who died for their faith; our nation was founded upon the sacrifice of those that fought to establish it, defend it and preserve it.
    But I long for that day when God will wipe away every tear and man shall learn war no more. I am sure that many in the Armed Services look forward to that day also. Pray for those who returned wounded in body and spirit; and for families who will never see their loved one come home.
    May God bless them all!

    TinStar
    Soli Deo Gloria!