December 7, 1941.
This day transformed thousands of ordinary citizens into extraordinary soldiers. Or perhaps they were already extraordinary, for my father was one of them many years before I entered the world.
He was drafted at age 20 and earned the following in the war: Bronze Star with 3 stars – European, African, Middle East Campaign; Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign; World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Rifle, and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.
My father told a few stories of his time in the Army, but he played it down, and I never heard him mention the medals. He went on to marry, teach school (plus work at a host of other occupations to make ends meet), and raise a family of six children born in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He laughed often, loved to make others laugh, and genuinely enjoyed life, as one who knows the price that was paid for it.
Dad passed away in May of 2001 so was spared the agony of September 11, that day when evil snuffed out lives and toppled buildings, and the cost of freedom rose once again.
My dad loved our country and considered it his duty to serve. Thank you to all who served to trample evil during World War II, and thank you to all those who continue to serve today. As English philosopher Edmund Burke stated:
The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.
Christ followers, let us stand up for what’s right and refuse to tolerate evil in any form. And let us always remember that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world! In Him, we have victory.
Janice Powell 2013