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    The Salute

    Exodus 17:15
    "Moses built an altar and named it 'God My Banner.' He said, Salute God's rule!" MSG (Bible Paraphrase)

    It was raining "cats and dogs" and I was late for physical training. Traffic was backed up at Fort Campbell, Kentucky about an hour's drive northwest of Nashville. And it was moving way to slow.

    I was probably going to be late and I was growing more and more impatient.

    The traffic slowed almost to a standstill as I passed Memorial Grove, the site built to honor the soldiers who died in the Gander, Canada, airplane crash. It was the worst redeployment accident in the history of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

    Because it was close to Memorial Day, a small American flag had been placed in the ground next to each soldier's commemorative plaque. My concern at the time, however, was moving past the bottleneck, getting out of the rain and arriving at physical training on time.

    Suddenly, infuriatingly, just as the traffic was getting started again, the car in front of me stopped. A soldier, a private of course, jumped out in the pouring rain and ran toward the Memorial Grove.

    I couldn't believe it! This knucklehead was holding up everyone for who knows what kind of Army prank. Horns were honking. I waited to see the butt-chewing that I wanted him to get for making me late.

    He was getting soaked to the skin. I watched as he ran up to one of the commemorative plaques. He picked up the small American flag that had fallen to the ground in the wind and the rain and set it up right again.

    Then, ever so slowly, he came to attention, saluted, ran back to his car, and drove off.

    I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures.

    That simple salute --- that single act of honoring his fallen brother and his flag -- encapsulated all the Army values in one gesture for me. It said, "I will never forget. In God we trust. I will keep the faith and We will finish the mission. I AM, AN AMERICAN SOLDIER."

    I thank God for examples like that. And on this Memorial Day, I will remember all those who paid the ultimate price for my freedom, and one private, soaked to the skin, who I witnessed honoring them all. (Written by Army Captain John Rasmussen --- edited)

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    Pastor Bill / Cyber Daily Devotion
    Last edited by Magnumguy; 05-27-2019, 09:28 AM.

    bringin' em back ~ to the Dodge Mahal !!....

    Where old Magnums can find a home.. :angel:




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