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Veterans Day

November 11, 2017

Whatever else you do for Veterans Day, consider this —

Armistice Day became Veterans’ Day by an act of Congress in 1954, changing its purpose and scope.

President Eisenhower called on the nation to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in all our nation’s wars, to celebrate the contributions of all veterans of military service, and to rededicate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace.

It is Eisenhower’s call that remains the three-fold purpose of Veterans’ Day: remembering those who fought and died, celebrating all veterans, and promoting an enduring peace.  — from

“…remembering…celebrating…and promoting an enduring peace.”

No argument here. All three sound resonate. 

But are we better at one, maybe two, of those than we are at all three?

Hear again the painfully familiar words of Christ Jesus from Luke 19:41, 42, As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, “If only you had known on this day what would bring peace!” 

Whatever else you do for Veterans Day, consider this. I sure am.


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