Service for God and Country

America has been the shining light to the world since its inception.  Her veterans, the men and women of service, have proven over and over their love of God and country.  The American veteran has served through disasters; through earthquake, storms and flood.  They have laid down sweat, blood and even their lives to help those in dire need.  Americans are known for their compassion in a time of hardship.  We have given financially and materially to other nations worldwide.  America’s generosity is recognized and the American Legion is a leader in the area of giving and helping others.  As Legionaries we must continue to stand at the forefront, fighting for our veterans and for others.  One of the most important things we can do for each veteran who has served this nation is to offer them hope.  To help them to find the hope necessary to carry on.  Each of us has a longing to find that one thing missing from our lives.  The desire to find out why we are here and what makes our lives matter.  This is where hope must rise up!  We can raise that standard of hope for our fellow veterans by reaching out to meet their needs.  We can listen to them when they speak, and let them know that we hear them and we care.

     Freedom is not free, as we all know.  However, the price of freedom is worth the sacrifices.  Our forefathers, who founded this great country, knew what service and sacrifice cost.  Most of them lost everything they owned and many gave the ultimate sacrifice as they laid down their lives.  The one thing that kept them going was hope.  A strong hope in God and country established this nation, a nation where men and women would be free.  Free to believe and have faith in the God of Heaven who empowered them to complete the tasks He gave them in founding the United States of America.  Freedom was contagious, it burned a path across this land and igniting the hearts and minds of individuals.  Our nation was not born by chance.  It was sewn together with threads of duty, commitment and sacrifice.  It was a deep dedication to freedom that brought people of differing opinions together in one mind to write such weighty words as:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

     America needs true patriots again to stand up and serve their country.  Our beloved country is once more struggling with division, hostility and acts of violence. The American Legion is again called upon to serve as they served in the past.  Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  Let us take our stand and do something for the United States of America.  Let us serve her and give back to her for all she has given to us.  Let us serve the American veteran and give back to them for all they have done for America.

      I am looking forward to serving the patriots of the American Legion this year and hopefully many years ahead.

Chaplain Vandivort
Rom 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.