Christmas in the Military
This Christmas season, may we remember the men and women who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much to defend the freedoms of this great nation.
Throughout our nation’s history, American military members have forfeited celebrating Christmas to defend their families and their homes. In fact, in 1776, the American troops took advantage of the Hessians’ Christmas celebration to cross the Delaware River and attack the surprised Hessian troops, providing America with a badly needed victory.
165 years later, American soldiers were once again forced to defend their families and their country on Christmas Day. On December 7, 1941,
the “date which will live in infamy,” Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, effectively declaring war on America. As December 7th approaches, remember Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives, as well as those who continued to fight for our freedom – the men whose stories still inspire us decades later.
As this Christmas season begins, let us take time to reflect on and thank God for the greatest sacrifice given by the Savior of the world, and to also remember to thank the men and women in uniform today who continue to sacrifice and put their lives on the line for this great nation. Reach out to those veterans and servicemen and women around you and take time to share the love of God. Here are some simple ways you can be “salt and light” to those who have willingly sacrificed so much to defend America:
- Contact a local nursing home to “Adopt a Veteran” who may not have any family this Christmas
- Find other ways to help our Veterans throughout the year (Wounded Warrior Project, Kingdom Warriors, Face the Fire, Operation Gratitude, Disabled American Veterans, etc.)
- Pray for our troops and their families
- Send a care package to those overseas or help out their family back home
- Continue to find ways to help the troops and their families throughout the year