I repeatedly checked the weather report Saturday, looking for improvement in the gloomy, cold, rainy weather we were experiencing at the campground. This was the first "big" weekend of the camping season. My sister Valarie, her husband Donald, and the rest of the family had been working diligently to have a good start for Val and Don's new venture; GrandView Camping.
A good weather report was not to be had. However, there was no real reason for concern about lowered attendance at our Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday afternoon. As I walked up the hill with the group of VFW Vets who had come to participate; to raise the flag and lead us in the Pledge of Alegiance, my eyes beheld a beautiful sight...The campers were all gathered around the flagpole. Front and center were a group of members of the US Air Force, camped by divine order around the flag pole. Among the campers were members of the Army, Navy and National Guard.
Everyone stood in the cold wind and drizzle, anticipating an opportunity to pause and remember those who paid the ultimate price for not only our freedom, but freedom for brothers and sisters around the world. They stood tall and proud as our flag was raised. Tears were wiped away as we recited the Pledge, were blessed by the sweet voice of Ann Breen singing the National Anthem, and watched our flag, the symbol of freedom waiving in the dark, gray sky.
It is easy to make excuses to NOT do the things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient, like standing in chilling wind and drizzle to honor fallen heroes from the past. The "false gods" or states of consciousness; carnality and materiality, try to woo us into the illusion that there is no price to pay for our thoughts, words and actions; that our personal wants come first. Nothing could be further from the Truth. Everything comes with a price. This is Spiritual Law; the law of sowing and reaping. Whenever we try to reap without sowing, we are breaking the law...the price we will pay is usually the most unpleasant price of regret, loss and suffering.
I do not believe that war is a part of God's plan for all that is good, yet at this time it is a fact of life on Planet Earth. And so now, we must fight for peace. Taking time to acknowledge the losses of the past strengthens our resolve for a better tomorrow. Love and appreciation sow seeds of peace and harmony.
And so, to all of those who have fallen...fighting for the highest good of the whole...and to those who bear the scars on their hearts, I salute you and thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul.