Please take time today to read a commentary by actor, Gary Sinise, “We can’t do enough for our veterans” on cnn.com. Mr. Sinise has made it his ‘ministry’ to encourage our men and women in the military around the world. Going thousands of miles a year, he brings a sincere handshake, some music, and messages of thanksgiving to those who made a choice to serve our country amid a huge personal sacrifice.
I admit, with no apology, to being a weepy patriot! I meet former military in my job and always shake their hand at the end of our interview and thank them for what they have done for my freedom. One of my first trips to Hungary, I was sitting in church and there in front of me was a ‘little grandma’ with a babushka covering her head and Jesus in her heart. She had an expression on her face which could reflect mine when I walk into a bakery! She was where she wanted to be! In my mind’s eye, I could see her as a young woman walking to a pre-dawn or late night service 50 years before. Going under the cover of darkness because she was not allowed to worship her Lord openly under a Communist rule. Now she can come to worship in the sunshine! She brings her children and her grandchildren.
What has that to do with our military? We are the #1 military force in our world. We do struggle to be what President Theordore Roosevelt suggested: “Walk softly and carry a big stick!” Today we have military stationed in dozens of countries that are each fulfilling vital checkpoints to insure our freedom in this country but also encourage and protect the developing freedom for so many people. Mr. Sinise hit the nail on the head!