During World War II, families with sons in military service dreaded the Western Union “boy on his bicycle” to arrive at their home with a telegram from the War Department or the Navy Department. The message began: The Secretary of War (for soldiers and airmen) or Secretary of Navy (for sailors and marines), regrets to inform you that [name, rank, and serial number of the man in the military service] was killed in action (or missing in action).
In both world wars, families were issued a “Blue Star” flag for each member in military service to be placed in a front window of their home. Western Union had “Delivery Boys on Bikes” to carry telegrams in those days. In wartime, the entire neighborhood held its breath as the uniformed youngster on a bike rode down the street to inform families of their sacrifice. Each blue star was then changed to a gold one. A gold star in that window told of the ultimate sacrifice each family had made.
The ‘Gold Star’ is in the news again. Terrorism has raised its ugly head and families continue to pay the price for heroism in the field of battle. What with ‘war games’ and violence depicted so prominently, we simply shrug it off. We have become insensitive to just what makes America great. There is a reason so many are determined to come to our shores. We ARE the last frontier of Freedom and there are those who wish to change that. Some were born here and that is tragic. It is a shame that our children grow into adults without the truth of what it cost to do so. The “Disrespect Club” has a lot of members, donchaknow. Really.
By the Way, just over 1000 illegal immigrants entered Texas at El Paso this week. Outmanned and outnumbered, our Border Patrol couldn’t stop it! If this isn’t an emergency situation, please tell me what is?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN