A Few Thoughts on Veteran's Day
By: Jonathan Harris
Remember when you were a kid? Perhaps you were in boy scouts or girl scouts and you participated in different patriotic events with your troop or family. I do. My family has always attended patriotic events on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and sometimes the 4th of July. Since my father is a pastor, many times he gives the invocation for local town events to commemorate our soldiers living and dead. I remember the crowds being a bit larger when I was young. I remember seeing more children present. I remember men taking off their hats during the prayers and national anthem. Perhaps it's just the nostalgic perspective of a child, but I feel like something is missing from these events currently. I just got back from a Veteran's day ceremony 10 minutes ago, and I can't help but compare what I use to see and what I see now. Perhaps this is a stream consciousness with no bearing on reality at all, but on the other hand, perhaps it's not. Maybe, just maybe, others out there can relate to what I'm saying and confirm its truth.
I couldn't help but wondering as I stood in the audience today, "Will my children ever see anything like this?" As a mosque loomed in the background just beyond the ceremonial activities and as the congregation sang "God Bless America" in a funeral like fashion I stood motionless without a tear. America has fallen and only God can save her now.