John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” What does that mean, exactly? It means something very special. Just as Jesus Christ laid down His life so that we could have eternal life with Him, you, dear Veteran, were willing to lay down your life for your countrymen and women. You signed your name on a document that said that you would die for me. You were willing to put yourself in harm’s way, and to possibly die, so that my family and I could continue to live with the freedoms and liberties this nation holds so dear. And that makes you very special in my eyes. I know, I know, you don’t want the glory. You don’t want the medals. You didn’t do it so you could become a hero. All the same, dear Veteran, I hold you in the highest esteem.
The Oath of Enlistment reads: “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Not only were you willing to die in order to help others, you were willing to uproot your life, sacrifice modern conveniences, deploy to hostile lands, and follow the orders you were given, all to advance righteousness, and freedom and liberty for all.
So we salute you, dear Veteran. We sincerely thank you for your service, we recognize your sacrifice, and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May you be treated honorably and with respect, may your needs be fully met and your burdens light, and may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ guide your path, always, as He has guided so many.
by Kristy Lonestar
Dad: U.S. Navy Veteran
Son: U.S. Marine Veteran