“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13, NIV)
Originally formed to protect the first thirteen colonies in 1775, our military has evolved and grown. These brave men and women commit to a great responsibility, hopeful to protect liberty and security not only through wars, but also through rescue operations; natural disaster relief; medical assistance in impoverished areas; food and humanitarian relief; security at embassies and other locations; piracy and drug interdiction; and keeping watch over volatile areas.
And some have made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their last breath to protect people they would never know. From the beginning of the revolutionary war in 1775 until now, over 1.3 million men and women have given their lives, enabling us to: play in our yards without the fear of landmines; live in our homes without the worry of invasion; choose our own careers; and speak out for what we believe.
Instill gratitude in the minds of our youth by taking time to help your child gain perspective and understanding that many of the freedoms and securities we enjoy today have been bought by blood. And in some countries, these freedoms only exist in the dreams of their citizens.
Pause and reflect with me, taking time to really consider the sacrifice made by these brave men and women. And let us not forget the sacrifice of their loved ones. Join me in prayer for God to pour out his loving comfort upon the families who do not get to hug their brave soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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