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July 3, 2010

Faith and patriotism on the Fourth

CLAREMORE — Love of country is an emotion that is hard for many of us to put into words.  In this family, only the bunkmate has traveled abroad.  It was January 1, 1953 that he boarded the train headed for New Brunswick,New Jersey, where he would join his crew and sail for Germany.  That was all we knew at the moment.  Snail mail was the only source of communication.  Gradually the unknowns fell into place.  He was with the 293rd Engineering Unit in Baumholder, Germany.   This camp was where Rommel (the Desert Fox, so named by General Patton)  trained his Panzer tank division. His stay was vastly different than those who went to Korea.


It was a long eighteen months, and twenty-three days before he came home.  Vaguely knowing that he might be in Ft. Chaffee by a certain day, I arrived a day early, checked into the guest house, and began my search by visiting with the desk clerk.  She suggested I just drive, and look for public pay phones, which were everywhere…so I did just that.  I was looking at incredible numbers of soldiers, standing in pay telephone lines, all identically dressed on this June day.  It was an overwhelming sight, I still remember.  I would know only one …O Lord please! After about 15 minutes I saw him on a pay phone…and about that time he saw me…sky blue pickups were not that common back then!  This was not a coincidence, but a divine intervention!


 July 4th  is a very special day to all red-blooded Americans.  Consider the real meaning of response and respect for our flag. “Hats off!  The flag is passing by!  Blue and crimson and white it shines…but more than the flag is passing by.  .  That which has preceded this present state of celebration included real war…Sea fights, land fights, grim and great, fought to make and save the nation.  Weary marches, sinking ships, cheers of victory on dying lips…equal justice, right and law…Stately honor and reverend awe; Sign of a nation, great and strong…pride and glory and honor—all live in the colors to stand or fall.  Hats off!  The flag is passing by!”(The Flag Goes By). “God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause Your face to shine upon us."(Ps 67:1NIV).

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