“One who has been long exercised in any service or art, particularly in war; one who has grown old in service and has had much experience.”
Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language
“Ensigns that pierc’ed the foe’s remotest lines,
The hardy veteran with tears resigns.”
Joseph Addison – 1672-1719
English Essayist, poet, playright, and politician
On May 18, 1965, I entered the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” to begin Navy flight training. After two tours to Vietnam serving onboard the USS Hancock (CVA 19), I was released from active duty July 23rd, 1969.
Both my father and uncle served in the Marine Corp in World War II. My uncle Veral survived the Bataan Death March and spent the entire war in a Japanese work camp. He weighed 70 lbs when recovered by Navy Seaman on the West Coast of Japan after the Japanese guards walked away from the camp after the Japanese surrender.
Years later, as my son Taylor (below photo) and I were in Washington D.C., I found Mike Webb’s name on the Vietnam Memorial. Mike was 18 when he graduated from Springfield High School, my alma mater. He went into the Army and was killed in Vietnam at the age of 20. Broken hearted after his mother committed suicide when he was 17, he placed his trust in Christ. I look forward to seeing Mike in Heaven along with many other friends who gave up their lives that we might remain free.
With Taylor at Vietnam War Memorial
My Son Taylor
As those who served in Vietnam returned home, before, and after the war ended, thousands were spat upon and cursed by the deluded same self-righteous and troubled joiner types we see protesting Israel’s right to eradicate a barbarous terrorist organization who have refused every effort to placate their hatred, to no avail, murdering hundreds if not thousands of Jews over the decades since Israel was founded in 1948.
War is hell, not just for those who fight, but for those who came home maimed and disabled for life. It has left 100’s of thousands of families behind with memories of sons and daughters, husbands and fellow service men lost, who try to recover from their personal grief and loss.
Young Woman Mourning
How soon we forget in just a few generations the men who served and gave their lives at Pearl Harbor, Iwa Jima, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, the Coral Sea, Corregidor, Midway, Bataan, the Chosin Reservoir, and Inchon ,… 32 in all, in the Pacific; not to speak of Normandy, Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and many more in Europe.
Iwa Jima Memorial
Am Cem at Epinal, France
The anti-Christian “Cancel culture crowd who seek to ‘transform’ America into their historically failed Marxist vision, is determined to rid us of anything ‘offensive’ to them, including our support for the Nation of Israel since its formation as a Nation in 1948.
Nothing seems ‘dear’ to them except what is ‘approved’ by the godless tenured, secular elites in our major universities, radicalized ‘think tanks’, new world order, and one world government solutionists; and of course, the Islamic Imams in IRAN who maniacally chant “death to Israel” and “death to America” while they await the appearance of their supreme Imam … Imadi.
With the help of our Biblically illiterate academics, political leaders, and the Jew hating proxies, the Iranian Imams have strategically penetrated our Universities, deceived our elites and brain washed our children, including the ‘Left’ in America, that Israel is the “Oppressor” of the Palestinians, and “Occupiers” of what they claim is theirs, i.e. The ‘land of Palestine.
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
“Then He said to him, “I am The LORD, who brought you out of UR of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
“On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates.”
The current Attack on Israel and the worldwide support of the ‘Palestinians’ effort to exterminate the Jews and invalidate the nation of Israel, is one of a coming series of “last gasp” efforts” by Satan, the Prince of the power of the air, to destroy the nation of Israel and God’s people, Who will soon come to know their Messiah.
Blessed by Him Who Was, and Is, and is to Come!
Click this link and watch it to the end. It is of utmost importance to understand what looms on the horizon if we fail to awaken and Engage
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