Salute to vet­er­ans

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Dear ed­i­tor:

Re­spect and honor are right­fully due to the brave men and women who have worn and still wear the mil­i­tary uni­forms of the United States of Amer­ica.

Roanoke Bap­tist is par­tic­u­larly proud of our mil­i­tary mem­bers, re­tired and ac­tive: Air Force — James Wright; Army — Ed­die Brown, Bob­bie Hamp­ton, Eli­jah Har­ris, Lawrence Garner, Cur­tis Craft, Greg King, LaNiece King, James Hay­wood Jr., Billy Perkins, Jimmy Perkins, Oliver Thrist, Melvin Grimes, JoEllen Rober­son, Palmer Oliver, Lon­nie Tid­well, and James Hud­son, Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ent from ser­vice in the Korean War; Marines — James Stew­ard; and Navy — Leon Massey, corps­man, and Robert White.

Mark 3:24,25 reads: “And if a king­dom be di­vided against it­self, that king­dom can­not stand. And if a house be di­vided against it­self, that house can­not stand.” Abra­ham Lin­coln made ref­er­ence to these verses in his speech af­ter he ac­cepted the Illi­nois Repub­li­can Party’s nom­i­na­tion as that state’s U.S. sen­a­tor. He was re­fer­ring to the di­vi­sion re­gard­ing the is­sue of slav­ery.

Our na­tion is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing di­vi­sion, brought on in part by the down­ward spi­ral in the val­ues of re­spect and truth. We ques­tion whether our na­tion’s lead­ers are work­ing for all the peo­ple. We long for the days of Wal­ter Cronkite, when the facts of the news were re­ported and we were thought in­tel­li­gent enough to form our own opin­ions. We har­bor fear from some who are com­mis­sioned to pro­tect and serve, and on and on.

Per­haps this Vet­er­ans Day ob­ser­vance will put all of that on pause, al­low­ing re­flec­tion time on what we are priv­i­leged to en­joy at the ex­pense of our vet­er­ans’ sac­ri­fices on our be­half. Those whom we love donned the uni­forms of the United States mil­i­tary branches and saw their lives al­tered, their dreams de­ferred, but for a higher cause than self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Not to de­spair! Through the gloom of the present age, hope is our sal­va­tion. May we en­deavor to keep hope alive, to unite this na­tion’s house into a home of peace and trust, if not for our­selves and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, then as a trib­ute to our heroic vet­er­ans! Deloris Massey Hot Springs

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