National POW|MIA Recognition Day

58,318.

That is a big number.

That number represents how many names are on the Moving Wall, a smaller rendition of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

58,318 soldiers that lost their lives in the Vietnam War listed on the Moving Wall. That is a lot of blood and a lot of lives, my friend. They sacrificed their very breath, hopes, dreams, and futures for the sake of the entire United States of America. They didn’t even know who I was, and many didn’t know you. But that did not matter to them. They wanted you to live in freedom, so they died for it. They wanted to give you the opportunity to live out your hopes, dreams, and future.

That is 58,318 reasons to be thankful.

And that doesn’t even cover how many others have given their lives for us, those lost, and those still alive today. You can look for names on the wall at this website.

I had never even heard of this wall until yesterday. My brother, who is in the Civil Air Patrol {CAP} was able to be a part of the Color Guard, honoring those soldiers who have gone on, and the veterans that are still here today.

*This wall is 252.83 feet long, and the tallest panels are 6 feet tall. It is a little bit longer tan half of the original wall in D.C.*

Almost every time I looked at that wall, I choked up. I kept thinking how many sisters lost a brother, how many mothers lost their sons, how many daughters lost their daddy, how many wives lost their husbands, how many ladies lost their lovers.

And I realized I never properly appreciated just what those soldiers did. I don’t think I can ever fully appreciate their service, because I wasn’t there to experience what they went through. I can hear and read stories, and I can imagine. But that doesn’t compare to what they actually saw, heard, touched, tasted and smelt. It doesn’t help me to understand their emotions of fear, homesickness, bravery, and loss.

Today is set aside to remember the POW {prisoners of war} and MIA {missing in action}.

I honestly can’t imagine the horrors of being a POW. I knew a man who was a prisoner of war for WWII. He was in his 90’s when he passed away. But he showed us pictures of skin-covered skeletons, his dogtags, and some items he carved while in the clutches of the enemy. He told us of the tiny amount of food they were given to be shared among 6 men, I believe.

It is a sad thing to have a loved one MIA. I have never experienced it, but I sympathize with those who have. Not knowing where they are, if they are dead or alive, or what! May the Lord send comfort to those still grieving.

Things like that help me realize how good I have it, and I am ever so thankful for what these brave men and women have done for our country.

I would like to give an honorary paragraph to our veterans. Thank you for your bravery and service. Not only have you been through an actual war, you have seen so much misery, and I am sure you still carry many painful memories. I cannot express how grateful I am for you.

I can’t help but think of Jesus. Just like these soldiers gave their lives for your natural freedom, Jesus gave His life for your spiritual freedom, from sin, and bondage of the devil. He gave all of Himself so you could go free. But the grand news is, He is no longer dead, and He wants to GIVE YOU Salvation! It is a free gift. There is nothing you can do to earn it, for it is already paid for with Christ’s Blood!

Thank you for reading.

The comments are open to recognize a Veteran/POW/MIA in your life.

*The Moving Wall pamphlet presented by VVnW Post 52 page 6*

4 thoughts on “National POW|MIA Recognition Day

  1. Thanks just isn’t enough to properly express our appreciation for the sacrifice these men & women have given. They gave there all. The Lord Jesus did too. All because of His love for us… A Love like no other!πŸ’œ

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