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VETERANS DAY 2017

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 by Roger Goins, Director of Ministries

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At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure (This Day in History, History.com, 2010).  World War I, The Great War, was known as “the war to end all wars.”  It obviously was not!  Men—and women—have been going off to war since Cain and Abel.  Today there are at least 58-armed conflicts worldwide.  These conflicts have cost 82,200 lives in 2017 alone.

This world is—and has always been—a dangerous place.  Even Nehemiah was forced to use half of his labor force to protect the rebuilders of the wall (Nehemiah 4). This Saturday is a special day.  This is a day set aside to remember our veterans.  We thank God that there are men and women willing to stand in the line of fire to protect our nation and our freedoms.  We thank our veterans; without their courage and without their sacrifice we would not be free!

Roger Goins



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