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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Tribute: Veterans Day 2016

Tribute: Veterans Day 2016 By Jerome Krejcha

Deployed on foreign shores in some ancient biblical lands I found myself setting up equipment…

…on a radio communications team when our generator decided to quit working. All attempts to revive it failed. Switching to plan “B” next found myself searching for a place to plug in a very long extension cord so as to provide much needed power to accomplish my team’s mission. A chaplain walked up and asked if he could help. Jokingly I said, “Padre, I’m looking for power.” He replied, “You’ve come to the right place. God has all the power we need! God says through the psalmist that we should cast our burdens upon the LORD as He will always sustain us” (Psalm 55:22). We both joyfully laughed at the various meanings we were playing with, but then the chaplain offered to allow me to plug my extension cord into his tent/chapel’s power source which, in turn, provided uninterrupted reliable power for the duration of the deployment. Mission accomplishment occurred and together we were able to be a part of a heritage of providing freedoms both for those at home and abroad.

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In light of that heritage I am reminded that in 1954, November 11th was officially named Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signing HR7786 which changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, called upon all citizens to join hands in a common purpose to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.” [1]

As winter rolls in upon us and as families draw together in this seasonal time of change, I am reminded of how that chaplain came alongside me and became a part of the support network and extended family that the military often needs and thrives upon in the pursuit of mission accomplishment. This also reminds me that there are many resources and places we can go to reach out and find help to meet our various needs.  Liberty University is one such place that I have found as I pursue a new mission with education. Liberty University respects and honors veterans and is dedicated to offering a military friendly, supportive family throughout every season of a service member’s educational pursuits. There is encouragement in God’s Word which says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

Our armed forces have continually served America with dedication.

They have made sacrifices in major conflicts and other actions throughout the world to include World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Grenada, Somalia, Bosnia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as humanitarian efforts across the globe. Our veterans deserve our thanks and prayers on Veterans Day as on every day of the year.

My hands are therefore joined in gratitude and prayer for the women and men of the armed forces who continue to provide a heritage of freedom that Americans enjoy. I would encourage you to plug into the right place and be strengthened by God’s uninterrupted reliable power so that your journey, your mission, your life and educational goals meet with success. 

[1]   U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, “History of Veteran’s Day,” accessed October 15, 2016, http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/docs/proclamation_1954.pdf.

About the Author:

Jerome Krejcha is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps who currently serves as a member of the Military Affairs team at Liberty University. He has a heart for encouraging, enabling, and helping military members and veterans achieve success with their educational goals. He is currently working toward a Master of Divinity in Theology at the Rawlings School of Divinity. 

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