Pledge to the Christian Flag: I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all in one brotherhood uniting all Christians, in service, and in love.
Pledge to the Bible: I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.
Every year, we take time on November 11 to honor our veterans and all who serve in the United States military. Whether they are serving in a forward area or guarding the homefires on American shores, their work is essential to our safety and freedom. On this day, let us find ways to thank those who have served or are presently serving including their families who, truly, are serving along with them. Keeping them in prayer is our first-line response to their generosity, but there are other things we can do - beyond remembering them in church and everyday life.
There are numerous programs and agencies serving the needs of veterans, whether they have returned home or are actively serving. Supporting families is critical and there are specific organizations focused on their needs as well. One thing to always do when planning to volunteer with a group or to donate funds, goods, or services, is to check with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the organization is appropriately targeting veterans and their families for their assistance. Visit the USDVA at their official website at http://www.va.gov/; there is much good information there that will be of help to veterans, their families, and all who wish to honor them.
Our Christian faith teaches us to honor all who serve in the cause of peace. May we do so this Veterans Day - and always.