Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day

Special Thanks to all who gave their lives or are giving their lives so that we may live free...

In celebration of our armed forces here is an excerpt from my grandfather's journal as he left New York harbor on his way to serve as a Chaplin to an Army Battalion in France in 1918.

What mingled emotions come as the great drama of life unfolds! Here we are on board the U.S. President Grant bound for "somewhere in France..."

We have left old New York far behind. How hard it is to see the glorious harbor for the last time- for perhaps years! How one does love one's country when leaving it under such conditions as these. It stands for life as each one delights to live it, for happiness which comes through the great normal channels of divine ordination; for service unto others as God gives us opportunity. The men have been silent, thoughtful and serious. They realize also what it means. Yet not one of us would be elsewhere.