A Veterans Day Salute

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Nov 9, 2009 2 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

A Veterans Day Salute

The brutal murder of 12 servicemen and one civilian, coupled with the wounding of more than 20 others, by an American major with apparent ties to Islamic terrorism, is proof that the Islamic jihad against the West is far from over. There are allegations that the Administration knew of Major Hasan’s terrorist convictions and connections but did not forward this information to Army officials for fear of being accused of anti-Muslim prejudice. It is too early to draw definite conclusions about what happened, but we must never allow political correctness to be given priority over the defense of the nation and the safety of our troops.

A year ago at this time I asked the question, “What is a veteran (http://morallaw NULL.org/blog/?p=468)“? There are many definitions, but the one that seems most fitting is that “A veteran is a person who has written a personal check, made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for ‘any amount up to and including my life.’”

That definition is especially appropriate today.

The following hymn, composed after World War I and often sung to the tune of  “God of Our Fathers Whose Almighty Hand” or “Savior Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise,” is fitting for this occasion:

O Valiant Hearts
By John Stanhope Arkwright

O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your mem’ry hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
As who had heard God’s message from afar;
All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
Into the light that nevermore shall fade;
Deep your contentment in that blest abode,
Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,
Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,
While in the frailty of our human clay,
Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self-same way.

Still stands His Cross from that dread hour to this,
Like some bright star above the dark abyss;
Still, through the veil, the Victor’s pitying eyes
Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

These were His servants, in His steps they trod,
Following through death the martyred Son of God:
Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise
They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.

O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
Whose cross has bought them and Whose staff has led,
In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.

To all who have served honorably: we salute you on Veterans Day!

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  1. James E. Reeves says:

    Anno Domini

    No new words or doctrines done
    Can explain away God’s only Son!
    His prayer to those that crucified
    Was mercy and forgiveness before He died!
    A prayer for His disciples was understood
    His Kingdom would come and spread the good.
    And as in Heaven it will be on earth
    He came to give Jews a second birth!
    From the time that Adam became so vile
    He was cast out as a commoner among the gentile.
    So Jesus was found worthy to become our King
    In the realm of Heaven to a manger bring!
    Over 35 miracles would let Jews know
    Their Messiah had come to let them go!
    Out from Jerusalem this salvation would run
    The disciples were the remnant of Jesus God’s Son!
    No more need to follow a strict Jewish tradition
    Christ overcame death to seal the petition.
    Over two thousand years of His mighty reign
    Even with persecutions by Jews we don’t complain.
    The Kingdom of Heaven is now among men
    Over one third of the world freely proclaims Him.

    James E Reeves- Author

  2. James E. Reeves says:

    The poem “Anno Domini” should set Christians attitude of freedom, free from apathy or any postponement of His rule.
    It is a fact that the founding fathers believed in Jesus as the anno Domini. It is also a fact that no mention of Islamic belief is noted as an honorable religion of any of the founders.
    If Jesus promotes love and complete fulfillment through His sacrifice and example then ” What did Mohammed’s deeds include?”

    No kingdom divided against itself can stand.

    James E. Reeves

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