Dear Men and Women of the Armed Forces,
Today is Memorial Day and Ed and I were listening to a speech given by President Ronald Reagan many years ago on Memorial Day. In this speech he mentioned the word "sacrifice" many times and it made us remember the sacrifice that so many of you have given over the years to protect our country so that we can live a free and prosperous life. Some of you have given the ultimate sacrifice of your lives and others have sacrificed by being away from your families for many years and by existing under unspeakable conditions. Some of you may have physically survived the horror of wars without being injured but I don't think there are many of you who have served without some type of emotional impact. I think about this word "sacrifice" and realize that it is an "active" word and a word that requires "complete commitment". Those of you who are in the military do not "sacrifice" for our nation by sitting on the sidelines, or participating when you feel like it or when it is convenient. Your "sacrifice" is a 100 percent, a complete and a total commitment of your bodies, spirits and minds. I know that during your time in service there are many, many times you would rather be any place else other than where they are. When I think of the word "sacrifice" I can't help but think of the word "inspiration" because your SACRIFICE to our country inspires me! You inspire me to keep going when it is hard. You inspire me to keep serving when there is something else I would rather be doing. You inspire me to dig deep for that last ounce of strength when I am bone tired. You inspire me to hope when it the task at hand seems impossible. You inspire me to given 100 percent of my body, mind and spirit to a cause that I think is worth my all. Today Ed and I remember and give honor to all of you who have served and who are currently serving our country. From the bottom of our hearts we thank-you for your service and your "sacrifice" and we also thank-you for your inspiration to us in our development of Soaring Wings Ministries. May God bless and guide each and everyone of you and may you know the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
With deepest respect,
Anita and Ed Rennells
Anita Rennells is the author of this blog. She and her husband have moved to Colorado when Ed retired and are in the process of opening a ranch to help homeless young adults.
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