Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Greatest Generation

Something of an introspective posting, I'm currently "reading" a book I picked up from our local used book store, it's the Congressional Medal of Honor Library, World War 2, Volume 2 M-Z.

The world war two generation has often been called America's greatest generation, reading through this book is a strong testament to this fact. Now I don't want to cheapen the deeds by our military personal who served, or are serving in other times, but reading this book literally chokes me up. Most of the entries in it end in the phrase "He gallantly gave his life for his country."

The scripture in John goes something like "No greater love than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." I've read where men threw themselves on grenades knowing they would die to protect their squads, I've read where men would run out alone under severe fire to grab a man left behind, I've read where a pilot stayed at the controls to make sure his crew had enough time to escape a burning plane only have it explode before they themselves could make it out.

A part of me can't help but wonder what's going on now with our men and women waging a war against on terror on foreign soil so that we don't have to face one on our own. And I wonder why the deeds of selfless courage that are doubtless happening don't get reported, or what the real story behind some of what does get reported is.

It doesn't help that I've been watching band of brothers lately.

It's Christmas morning and I hope everyone stateside has a chance to spend it with family and friends. And when you see someone in uniform, thank them, because they are why you can. In fact, between the presents and the food, and whatever traditions you have, say a prayer thank God that you live in a country where you can freely celebrate his son's birthday, then ask him to protect the men and women who are keeping it that way.

To our armed service personal, I offer my thanks and gratitude and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Safe return,

God Bless.
Matthew Furukawa,
Christmas 2007

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