“Saving Private Ryan,” dealt with the invasion of Normandy and visually shared the fear and anticipation of war. Young men huddled together, helmeted, bayonets fixed and a look of fear and terror written on their faces – sailing into certain death. As the doors came down, they swiftly spilled out in a stream of uncertainty . Bodies lined the beach and filled the water with blood. The movie graphically portrayed the gruesomeness of war, but it also showed the courage those boys enlisted into the core of their very being, to overcome an evil enemy.
More recently the movie “Fury” came out and I reluctantly joined my husband to see it. I felt not only a sense of pride for what our soldiers had to deal with in time of war, but was encouraged by the faith of the characters as they faced insurmountable odds and valiantly fought on. God does promise to be at our side in all adversity. Deuteronomy 31:6.
Men and women in the service of our country deserve special thanks today and everyday as they face fear, anxiety, apprehension and even death. The courage they exhibit is what constitutes a true hero – someone who is willing to lay down their life for their fellow man.
War is something our world will face until the end of time. When our young people set out on a career in the service of their country, they are giving up everything and many times return from war bruised emotionally as well. When we need protection – when we are in danger of terrorism – when our principles deem it necessary to intercede on behalf of others – we can depend on our Armed Forces to exhibit bravery and get the job done. Thank them today and every day for their service.