It was a great honor to serve in the United States Navy. My service spanned 20 years and 4 continents. I served in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. I’ve sailed in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. It was an honor and privilege to serve, and I praise and honor my Lord that I never had to make the ultimate sacrifice – to die for my country. Many others have died, either through war, training accidents or inadvertent deaths while serving in our military. Today I want to thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Many people around the world hate our country and our military, but please don’t. Please remember that in war, the soldiers and sailors are weapons being wheeled by our government. All wars are the same, a few lead many. I’m not saying this to condemn any government, but only to refocus your attention to those that wield the weapons. Those precious lives that governments employ as weapons do not deserve hate, they deserve honor and admiration for their dedicate service. Military service in the United States is voluntary. Our soldiers and sailors serve because they love our country and choose to defend it with their lives.
On this Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, please honor the soldiers and sailors that have given their lives in service to our great nation. They deserve our admiration.