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At this time, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918  (now 98 years ago), the biggest and bloodiest war the world had ever seen came to an evective end as the Armistice took hold.  And Armistice Day, what we now call Veterans Day, was born.  People called it then the "War To End All Wars".  Unfortunately, 25 years later the world was unbelievably embroiled in the middle of an even bigger, even bloodier war.  And 25 years after that, many of us were being consumed with still another war -- much smaller than the other two, but still one which indelibly changed both us as individuals and as a nation.

God has seen fit to see us through all of that to this day.  So on this day we pause and once again thank our grand-fathers, fathers, brothers, sons, and daughters for defending us and helping to preserve us.  I pray that we also will remember to thank the Creator who has brought us safely this far, and who will undoubtably continue to do so if we will only rely on Him.

May we always remember Ben Franklin's words to the Constitutional Convention:
.  In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. ”Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor.
.  To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it."
.  I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

Tim Deaton
11 Nov 2016
The Man In The Doorway
A Tribute to the Helicopter Door Gunners in Vietnam