‘Tis the Season to Vote, Remember, Be Thankful, Be Kind and Pray
By Dian Moore
Perhaps November should be set aside as a month of contemplation – a time of reflection, thanksgiving and prayer. During November, people worldwide celebrate freedom, recognize their country’s military men and women, pray for the persecuted church and give thanks to God for bountiful harvests and blessings. World Kindness Day challenges citizens to outdo each other in acts of kindness. And a week is set aside in the U.S. to promote God’s guide to life, the Bible.
One of the observances in November brings the opportunity to remember and honor military veterans in the United States, Canada, Australia, England and other countries. Called Veteran’s Day in the U.S. and Remembrance or Armistice Day elsewhere, this time is set aside to pay tribute to those who have chosen to protect our freedoms, like the young man in this Coast Guard story …
Two non-commissioned officers (NCO) on a Coast Guard ship were determined to learn what a young, 20-year-old guardsman said every time he walked up the gangway to board the ship. They repeatedly saw him say something after he saluted the American flag flying at the front and rear of the cutter, but they could never clearly hear his words. Finally, one day, the young man passed an NCO who was standing on the dock – and that NCO followed behind the young guardsman as close as possible, determined to solve the mystery. After the guardsman saluted, the NCO heard the young man say, "Let’s Roll."
Now, the NCO knew this simple statement, "Let’s Roll," was the battle cry of the passengers on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, as they rushed the terrorists holding their plane hostage. Their unselfish act prevented their plane from being used by the terrorists as a bomb to take more
Later, the NCO on the Coast Guard Cutter asked the young man why he said, "Let’s Roll," each time he boarded.
The young man said he was only honoring the passengers of Flight 93 who chose to fight that day. He explained that he could have been home attending college and having a good time, but he could not ignore the passengers on Flight 93 who volunteered to fight for their country, and so must he. That everyone in the Coast Guard is a volunteer.
On November 11, 2004, worldwide, citizens will be honoring past and present military men and women, like the guardsman in the story, who have sacrificed a normal life to protect the freedoms and rights of people around the world.
"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
With the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We shall remember them."
~ From "The Fallen" by Laurence Binyon – Used in Australia
and New Zealand as the Ode to Servicemen and Women killed in action ~
More November Happenings …
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FAMILY STORIES MONTH
NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH
NATIONAL HOSPICE MONTH
PEANUT BUTTER LOVERS' MONTH
NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY
UNITED STATES ELECTION DAY
NATIONAL YOUNG READER'S DAY
VETERANS DAY or REMEMBRANCE or ARMISTICE DAY
United States, Canada, Australia, England
NATIONAL DONOR SABBATH
WORLD KINDNESS DAY
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK
THANKSGIVING - United States
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