Veteran’s Day is a time to honor, thank and celebrate our men and women in uniform. Over 25 million have served. Each person serving has my greatest respect, my admiration. I am pleased to honor each and every Veteran that has served or is serving our blessed Country so that I can enjoy my daily freedoms. Men and women have given up their lives to defend our country and the freedom it represents. The daily sacrifices our soldiers make are very real and tangible things. Families all over the state and our country currently have brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, and wives actively serving either home or abroad.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the guns of August fell silent across Europe. World War I had concluded. Each year since, European countries have celebrated Remembrance Day and we in this country celebrate Veterans’ Day.
In honor of Veterans’ Day, I want to share with you what the Obama administration will not. Below is the prayer that President Roosevelt delivered to the nation, on June 6, 1944.
My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.
And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.
Watchwoman: This is a compilation of very short excerpts from many of the items I received in my email inbox from conservative Christians and patriots from all over the U.S.A., including, Move America Forward, Americans for Limited Government, The Political Insider, Center for Individual Freedom, Gary Bauer, Daily Events, Patriot Action Network, Act for America, Congressman Joe Wilson, Governor John Kasish, Kevin DeWine, and if there is anyone I forgot to mention, please forgive me. ▬ Donna Calvin