Joyce Livingston (Author) & Friends

Saturday, May 20, 2006

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TODAY IS? ARMED FORCES DAY!

Surprise! For those who aren't aware of it, or have forgotten, today is ARMED FORCES DAY! On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.

Isn't it amazing how many of our sons and daughers are serving in other countries - basically, to protect US from the turmoil that is going on over there? I have a grandson serving in our Army in Iraq--much too close to where the action is. He is a young man with a beautiful wife and three precious little girls. I can't even begin to imagine what it is like for him to be over there - where you never know what is going to happen the next minute - see your buddies maimed or killed - and know you could be next. My oldest son just returned from a National Guard tour in Germany (praise the Lord he was away from the fighting), and another grandson returned home several months ago from his tour in Iraq as a Guardsman. He, too, had to leave his family and go.

On this day, even if you don't have a loved one serving overseas, we, as a grateful nation, need to remember those who serve by praying God will protect them. As Americans - we are truly blessed - but as a nation, we are turning our backs on God. Most of us can't go and serve, but we can pray these men's sacrifice won't be in vain, and that our Lord will protect them.

I'm proud to be an American, aren't you? Leave your comment.

Joyce Livingston, author
THE WIDOWS' CLUB, a women's fiction novel, is out now.

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