“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, regard one another as more important than yourselves;” Philippians 2:3
Today, we honor our war veterans. (Something we should do every day for their sacrificial service to our country.)
While we honor all of our war veterans, if you visit the mall in Washington, D.C., you will see the most recent memorial remembers World War II. It’s expansive and features marble, fountains, columns, and beautiful landscaping. It’s a grand celebration of the greatest generation America has ever produced.
While the Second World War occurred before the Korean and Vietnam wars, monuments for their veterans had already been built. Years before this generation was honored, more recent events had been memorialized. How appropriate. You see, this was the generation raised during the depression. It was a time when neighbors personally sacrificed to keep friends from starving. Just as that crisis was ending, the men left to fight evil on foreign soil, while the women laced up their boots and went to work. After the war, they brought America to historical levels of prosperity, while saving the economies of the very people they had just defeated. They raised a new generation and all the while, stayed quiet about the price they had paid in order to accomplish these great achievements.
Even though many of the World War II honorees never lived to see the memorial’s completion, the timeline seems so appropriate. Just like the memorial they inspired, this amazing generation always put others first. Thankfully, Jesus taught that in the end, “the last shall be first.”
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