All Gave Some…

At the ripe old age of 19, I stood with a bunch of other similarly mature guys in a room with an American flag in the corner. An Army officer came into the room, told us to raise our right hands, and repeat after him…words to the effect that we would defend the country, the Constitution, and the President of the United Sates.

At that time in history, we were preparing for war in Iran, who held 52 of our US diplomats hostage for 444 days, eventually releasing them just after Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency.

During my short 4 years in the US Air Force, we were involved in a few conflicts. Most notably was Operation Urgent Fury; the rescue of students on the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983.
The closest your correspondent ever got to live combat was M-16 training in San Antonio during basic training.

However, I am a patriot. I have before and would again answer my county’s call. My chest swells and my throat tightens when the flag passes, and the national anthem plays. Words fail to convey the mix of feelings that arose when I was at Arlington with my girls witnessing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns….

Members of the US military past and present hold a special place of honor in my heart, and I hold it as a sacred honor that I am counted among them.

Today as we look forward to the celebration of our nation’s independence from the British crown,
I thought it especially timely that I discovered a ministry called Operation Worship, who has the goal of putting 100,000 Bibles into the hands of the men and women of our military.

You can participate if you feel led, by stopping in at your local Family Christian Bookstore, or visiting the Operation Worship website at For just under $5 you can put a Bible into a service person’s hands, and you get to inscribe a message to them in the front of the Bible.

So skip the Starbucks, or put 1 gallon of gas less in your tank this week, and use that dough to put the real words of freedom in the hands of those who put it all on the line to preserve your freedoms. No matter your political leanings, these folks deserve no less.

Long may she wave….


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6 Responses to All Gave Some…

  1. Mark- Let’s announce this Sunday morning and take up a collection. We can pass out paper for people to write notes on to the soldiers and then send a bunch of them over at the same time. I think this is awesome and hopefully, because of the holiday, people will be more inspired to participate. What do you think?

  2. We could. I actually tried to get the store let me take a handful of the notes to do that, but they can’t because each page is bar-coded, so they have to be purchased before leaving the store. I’ll show you mine so you can see what I mean

  3. Ahhh, okay. I see. Well, we’ll figure something out.

  4. Another really good thing that “New Life” does is “Every soldiers battle”. It’s just like “Every man’s battle. So that’s another option but not as cheap as the one you wrote of.

  5. Can they take up a torah collection too? Just teasing – what a great thing to do! Beautiful words you wrote too.

  6. What a great post, Mark!
    I was honored to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns when I was just 13, and I was trembling with anticipation. I, too, get choked up when I sing the National Anthem.
    I pray that I can instill this patriotism in my children.
    Hey, Steph alerted me to your blog, so glad she did!!!

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