Honor, Re­mem­ber Na­tion’s Veter­ans

Escalon Times - - PERSPECTIVE - By HUEY P. O’NEAL Guest Columnist

On Veter­ans Day, Amer­i­cans honor all Amer­i­can veter­ans, both liv­ing and dead for their sac­ri­fices in pro­tect­ing the great­est coun­try in the world.

At ex­actly 11 a.m., each Novem­ber 11th, a color guard, made up of mem­bers from each of the mil­i­tary branches, ren­ders hon­ors to Amer­ica’s war dead dur­ing a heart-mov­ing cer­e­mony at the Tomb of the Un­knowns in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

The Pres­i­dent or his rep­re­sen­ta­tive places a wreath at the Tomb and a bu­gler sounds Taps. The balance of the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing a “Pa­rade of Flags” by nu­mer­ous veter­ans’ ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, takes place in­side the Me­mo­rial Am­phithe­ater, ad­ja­cent to the Tomb.

The blood­shed and sac­ri­fice for our free­dom be­gan in 1776 when the Bri­tish colonies on the east coast of the United States signed the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence to ob­tain free­dom from the Bri­tish. Many of the 56 sign­ers were cap­tured, tor­tured and killed by the Bri­tish. The sign­ers were men of wealth, ed­u­ca­tion and faith in God who were will­ing to sac­ri­fice ev­ery­thing for our free­dom to wor­ship God and to achieve God given goals.

Amer­i­can veter­ans have met ma­jor chal­lenges for the past 241 years to pro­tect our free­doms. The United States Con­sti­tu­tion is based on bib­li­cal prin­ci­ples and the veter­ans have sworn an oath to de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion at all costs.

With God’s prov­i­dence, the veter­ans have saved not only the United States but the world from tyranny. God has blessed the United States be­cause of our faith. U.S. Supreme Court Justice An­tonin Scalia told some Louisiana high school stu­dents that God has blessed the United States be­cause we have hon­ored God. To be a great coun­try, we must rec­og­nize God in our daily lives, our gov­ern­men­tal func­tions and in our churches on Sun­days.

Veter­ans and their fam­i­lies must be hon­ored for their sac­ri­fices and blood­shed in pro­tect­ing the great­est coun­try in the world in God’s prov­i­dence. Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln said, “Amer­ica will never be de­stroyed from the out­side. If we fal­ter and lose our free­dom, it will be be­cause we de­stroyed our­selves.”

Peo­ple of faith must con­tinue to be ac­tive in hon­or­ing God, and our veter­ans who pro­tect us from evil around the world.

Free­dom is costly but it is worth it. There will be con­tin­ued chal­lenges by evil forces. We must show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our veter­ans and thank them for their ser­vice.

Huey P. O’Neal grew up in West Car­roll Par­ish, Louisiana. He earned his grad­u­ate de­gree in Engi­neer­ing from the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa. In 1970, Huey re­tired from the United States Air Force af­ter serv­ing 20 years as a Jet Fighter Pi­lot and En­gi­neer. He now lives in West Mon­roe, LA. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor and not nec­es­sar­ily those of this paper or its cor­po­rate own­er­ship.

Huey P. O’Neal

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