Bear with me, you are going to see a lot or RED, white and blue. This may be the only post I do this week, and it's obviously not going to be wordless, but it will contain Ruby Red!
Sunday evening I was reminded why I like living in a small community. Our town is built on a square. At one time it looked very much like Mayberry, RFD. The city has grown to nearly 30,000, but the square is in tact and so is the small town feeling, for the most part. Sunday evening our church music ministry presented a tribute to freedom, and to those who have served this country. It was a wonderful evening.
By the time the performance began, over 5,000 people had gathered on the square to Celebrate America!In case you are wondering what the face of freedom looks like, I present the following images.
Born after WWI, children of the depression, they literally saved this world in WWII. The life that we enjoy today is only possible because of their service and sacrifice. They are indeed, "The Greatest Generation. We are losing 900 WWII veterans every day. When ever you see one, thank him/her.
Similar to Viet Nam, the Korean Vet fought a war that no one wanted to be involved in. In fact it was called a "conflict" not a war, for quite some time.
The Viet Nam vet came home to a country that had little use for his service, regardless of how honorable. Only now do some appreciate the fact that a soldier does not choose his battles, nor question the reason for the conflict. He merely serves his country with honor and is proud to have been a part of preserving the freedoms that we enjoy, even if one of those freedoms involves protesting his involvement in the fight.
The guest speaker was Viet Nam beteran, Lt. Clebe McCleary. Lt. McCleary lost an arm, a leg, and an eye while serving in Viet Nam. His testimony is one that all should hear.
Today the face of freedom looks much like it always has, young, proud, and ready to serve.