Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lest We Forget!

 This week prior to Remembrance Day is to honour Veterans together with all members  of the military forces aiding other countries and protecting our shores.  The media has been paying special tribute to these men and women; also, much material (including experiences ) has crossed my desk from ardent friends and readers...which I share with all.  Thank you , Tom for:

 Love and Peace in 2013

The article opens with the picture of our Canadian Flag.  Our symbolic Leaf in the center is bordered with two pictures on each side...a glorious sunset...a duck lazily paddling on cool waters...the Skylon Tower with the plummeting Niagara Falls...a fisherman casting his line in a misty shrouded river.
Did you know that the UCLU in United States has filed a suit to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed?  (American Civil Liberty Union).  And another suit to end prayer completely.  They're making great progress.  The Navy chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name in prayer ~ thanks to the wretched ACLU and new administration. 
(The foregoing facts I have not confirmed.)

The next photo depicts Canadian military men carrying a flag-draped coffin...plus three other draped coffins in military fashion behind.  Our Canadian flag is at half-mast; shown also are the soldiers' helmets positioned in a line above their rifles. Military forces stand at ease with heads bowed as our flag ripples in the morning breeze...during this solemn ceremony. 
Pray for our soldiers in all forces:
Lord Jesus, hold our troops in your loving hands;
Protect them...as they protect us;
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
they perform for us in our time of need.
They died for us!  Can't we at least stand up for them?

The article closes with our prominent red and white Maple Leaf Flag
and beneath it, this quote:  These Colours Don't Run!

It Is The Veteran...
(Thank you, Sydney for sending me this several months ago)

                                         It is the VETERAN, not the preacher
                                         who has given us freedom of religion.

                                         It is the VETERAN, not the reporter
                                         who has given us freedom of the press.

                                          It is the VETERAN, not the poet
                                          who has given us freedom of speech.

                                          It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer
                                          who has given us freedom to assemble.

                                          It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer
                                          who has given us the right to a fair trial.

                                          It is the VETERAN, not the politicians                                      
                                          who has given us the right to vote.

                                          It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag!
                                          It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag!

Sage Words from Black Elk, a Native American:

The soldiers did go away...and their towns were torn down
and in the Moon of Falling Leaves (November)
they made a treaty with Red Cloud that said,
“Our country will be ours
as long as the grass should grow and water flow.

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr … November 5, 2013
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