Celebrating Peace

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

The entire world was at war in 1918. World War I, known as “The Great War” was a terrible blight on the human race. Death tolls were staggering and destruction played out in a never before seen scale of violence. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 an armistice went into effect, for all practical purposes ending the first world-wide conflict.

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

There were parades, public celebrations, and a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.

Originally set aside to celebrate the end of the hostilities of World War I, the day was re-named in 1954 to recognize the service and sacrifice of military personnel of both World Wars and other actions including Korea. The word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans.”

There have been government attempts to move the Veterans Day celebration to a Monday to give a three day weekend holiday but citizens, cities, and states strongly resisted and in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford officially returned the observance to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – an action reflecting an overwhelming majority of state legislatures, veterans service organizations, and the American people.

This year Veterans Day is celebrated on Tuesday, November 11th. Please join with me in stopping for a moment’s reflection on all who have served their country with love of country, willingness to sacrifice, and even die for the common good.

I’m setting my alarm. Join me in a moment of prayer for our veterans and the service they have rendered.

Peace will never come through conflict but only from the mighty hand of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”      John 14:27

In the meantime, we must appreciate those who stand in the gap and serve with distinction to keep us free and able to publicly tell of that peace found only in Christ.

Think about it…

3 Comments

  • Dear Len

    I always enjoy your blogs in fact, Mark and I both recognise the fact you know what you are talking about. I do feel very privileged that you would continue to make contact with me for always on my heart is to get things right as far as the Word of God is concerned.

    I have to be honest with you in that I must say I never ever pray for any of the veterans who have taken part in any war.

    My own dad was in the Royal Navy, ran away to sea when he was only 15 years of age and served on HMS Malaya in the battle of Jutland and like so many kids on the guns. Eventually he became a Physical Training Instructor and Gunnery Instructor. His whole life was the Royal Navy and we were brought up Royal Navy fashion but more importantly my brother and I bore the scars of my dad’s suffering. We were battered babies and I suffered 8 and a half years of horrendous abuse.

    We were victims, like so many others, of my dad’s wartime experiences of which I have a very limited knowledge.

    So I hate war. The experiences in Ukraine at the moment are as a result of men trying to change other peoples minds for them and instead agreeing to divide the
    land along ethnic lines they have slaughtered their own people.

    My dad died very young of meisothelioma – lung cancer – aged 53.

    I do hope my dad believed. I know my beautiful mum did. Their married life must have been very difficult due to his wartime service.

    She died when she was 42 years of age.

    As for witnessing I always pray for people to witness to and I will always share the Gospel to whom God provides. He provides the words.

    May God bless you always and thank you for your thought provoking blog.

    • Len Allen says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I ask my readers to “think about it…” at the end of every blog and obviously you did. I appreciate that and your comments. In my blog, I was not suggesting that we pray for those veterans who have already died. It is too late – Their eternity is settled by whether they were believers in Christ. I was suggesting we thank God for their efforts on our behalves and for the freedoms those efforts were used by God to insure. I would suggest that we do pray for those in the services right now and take every opportunity to thank them. I was recently blessed when I saw a very young man in uniform sitting by himself at the counter in a local restaurant. I walked up to him, excused myself, and thanked him for his service. I then reached over and took his bill and, smiling, said I wanted to show a small blessing to him in the Lord’s name. I then walked away and paid his bill. Just saying thank you in Christ’s name may have got him thinking about the Lord. That brings me to my last prayer suggestion. Pray for the chaplains and those ministries specifically bringing the Gospel to our military men and women. Ministries like the Navigators and many others. Pray for Christ to reach our service men and women and change their lives, their futures in eternity, and the lives of their families.
      Thanks again for our comments. AND for your faithful reading of “I’ve Been Thinking…”

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