Today I, along with our Redemption Hill Church family, express sincere appreciation to all men and women who have served in our armed forces. We are blessed beyond measure to have some of these men and women as active members of our church family! We so appreciate their service to our country!
For those of you who would like background information, Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is a federal holiday in the US observed annually on November 11 to honor military veterans, those who have served in the United States Armed forces.
The United States Congress officially passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far-reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
Let me encourage you today to pause to pray and give thanks to GOD for the service of our veterans. When you see a veteran today, be sure to express your gratitude for his/her service to our country!