Independence Day will soon be here. A chance to celebrate America and all of the freedoms living in this sovereign country has to offer. While many may remember, on July 4th, the Revolutionary War that bought us that freedom, it is possible that some don’t think about all the other wars, conflicts, protection and aid our military has given not only to the citizens of the United States, but to many of our allies, so that we could continue to enjoy our freedoms.
Most people have been impacted in some way by wars or national or international conflicts throughout their lives in one way or another. Many people themselves have sacrificed years of their lives to the military. Maybe a grandfather, dad, mom, sister, brother or good friend served in the military. It is agonizing to cope with loved ones being far away and often times in danger. It might, we must remember, be most complicated for those who have served or are currently serving, having seen some of the most awful things that can happen in war.
More soldiers than we realize return from oversees with physical and emotional scars that make it arduous to assimilate back into civilian life and keep a job to support their families. Some even lose their families. Those of us who haven’t served can’t possibly imagine the sacrifice during and after a time fighting for our country. Certainly all have benefited from the service of our military. And yet, these brave men and women return to a life where they don’t feel supported and cared for. Unfortunately in our country, we haven’t often paid respect to our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to protect ours.
While there are a few days to celebrate various military groups throughout the year (Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Marine Corp Birthday, etc.), this weekend is not one of those holidays or remembrances. That is, unless you plan on attending the Good Shepherd Community Church Patriotic Services this weekend. As Good Shepherd puts it, “Join us as we thank God and give honor to the Men and Women of our Armed Forces! Their sacrifice has blessed us all.”
If you or someone you know has served or is serving in the military and is available to attend, please invite them this weekend. They will leave feeling honored for their service and sacrifices.
Services are at the following times:
Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 5:00pm in the North Auditorium with special guest speaker: Blake Peterson.
Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 5:00pm in the South Auditorium with special guest speaker: Congressman Bob McEwen.
Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 9:00 & 11:00am in the South Auditorium with special guest speaker: Congressman Bob McEwen.
Good Shepherd Community Church is located at: 28986 SE Haley RD., Boring, OR 97009 503.663.5050