Worth Fighting For
My Mom and Dad both served in the US Army in World War II. My Mother graduated from nursing school in May of 1942 and dutifully went down a day or so after graduation and enlisted. She was shipped off and worked in a E-Vac hospital near London. My Father was a career military officer and was a Captain serving with General Patton in North Africa. He later landed in Italy with the forces that liberated Rome. He was decorated several times over. Most notably: 2 Purple Hearts, A Bronze Star and Silver Star for bravery.
Over the last few years, I have “binge watched” Band of Brothers a few times. This is a mini series detailing the exploits of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne. I am moved by their determination, courage and dedication. These were members of the Greatest Generation, ordinary men (and women) doing extraordinary things saved the world.
I grew up in the shadow of World War II. My mom and dad’s friends, all of my uncles, people at church and in the community were all engaged in this conflict in one way or another. They all did what they needed to do, most often without complaint.
Why do I share these comments with you? It’s because home is something worth fighting for. The country you were born and raised in is called your “homeland.” Homes need to be guarded and protected. The honor, the memories, the love, the values-all the things we’ve been talking about for the past few weeks-are precious and work risking our very lives to preserve. The people I know from that “greatest generation” had the characteristics of honor, courage, integrity, humility and loyalty. They were brave, selfless, faithful, and dutiful. They possessed a strength that sustained them.
This group of folks emerged from the Great Depression where many had suffered want, lost their homes and savings. The combination of experiences between the Great Depression and World War II forged in them a posture that in later years built the nation and world. They brought us the space program and a long standing prosperity.
They knew the value of home. Because of that, they signed up and went across the world to defend not just a concept but a real entity. They were willing to lay down their lives for others and many did. Home was a place of true community and family. It was a safe haven in what at times was a brutal and difficult world. Home was worth fighting for. What are we willing to do to protect, build and cultivate a home in this world?
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