Just Say Thank You (Veterans Day 2020)

Today is Veterans Day. Once again, all of the festivities that usually take place in my hometown have been cancelled due to a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate for those 69 and under (taking the average), and a 94.6% survival rate for those 70 and older (1). Would you like to know something else? The 2018 survival rate for the common flu was 99.98%…a number not so different from the “COVID Pandemic” virus (2). And yet every other year we dealt with the flu, just fine. 

While it is a very real virus, it is about as deadly as the common flu. A majority of the country has given themselves over to this fear, and that alone, is sad. It seems people don’t take the time to research the facts anymore – they just take whatever the media feeds them and accepts it as truth. This 2020 election alone has shown how corrupt the media is – whether it’s CNN or FOX.

This fear, over practically nothing, has kept us from celebrating all of our patriotic holidays this year – Memorial Day, D-Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, 9/11, and now, Veterans Day. These holidays usually bring us all together as Americans, instill deep feelings of patriotism, and help us remember the sacrifices made for this great country. Instead, all that’s being spread is hate for America and what it stands for. 

Regardless of your political views, today is Veterans Day, the day when we pay tribute to all American veterans. That includes the veterans who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the War Between the States (the Civil War), World War 1 & 2, Vietnam, Korea, the Gulf Wars, and the War on Terror. Unlike Memorial Day, which remembers the veterans we have lost, Veterans Day pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead.

Every single veteran was willing to give something for America’s freedom – whether it be a limb, their mind, or their life. Do not let their sacrifices go unnoticed and unthanked. Today, if you know a veteran, or someone who is still serving, give them a call and thank them for their sacrifice. If you’re both brave enough, give them a hug, bake them cookies or brownies – just show them your appreciation. Imagine everything they have seen while protecting America…the least you can do is say thank you.

The Bible says that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). Our veterans were willing to lay down their lives for us. But they’re not the only one who sacrificed for our freedom. God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay our sin debt and save us from an eternity in Hell – ensuring our freedom from sin. If you are not 100% sure that you’ll go to Heaven when you die, now is the time to repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ. If you have any doubts or questions about your salvation, click here to learn how you can be saved.

References:

  1. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/25/cdc-data-shows-high-virus-survival-rate-99-plus-for-ages-69-and-younger-94-6-for-older/  
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/flu.htm 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.

9 thoughts on “Just Say Thank You (Veterans Day 2020)

  1. Thank you for this post. My father was a veteran of the Korean War and my father-in-law of Vietnam and my brother-in-law of the War on Terror. It is important we remember them and other veterans. God bless!

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  2. I read your thoughts as a UK vet who attended our war memorial to honor the fallen.
    Those who were unknown and those who were known to me.
    Although less than many attended, wreaths were placed, words were spoken, a silent vigil, and tears were shed.

    We who are left, be that few or many, will remember.
    Our memories refreshed every year.
    And while one person somewhere remembers, the honor will continue, and we shall never forget.

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    1. Thank you for your service as well. I have grown up around veterans and am a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Something that hasn’t been lost on me: Freedom has a cost. That cost is high. I once heard a veteran describe the military as signing a blank check. You’re not sure how much it will be for (your life, a limb, etc.), but it’s a price you’re willing to pay to protect freedom. Thank you for being willing to sacrifice so much. I truly appreciate it – and I will never forget.

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