“Thank you for your service”

Happy Veteran’s Day.  And to all of you veterans, let us join in saying what has become a common refrain: “Thank you for your service.” Notice how the military’s emphasis on service ties right in to the doctrine of vocation.

Here is a fine meditation for the day by my sometimes-colleague Joe Carter:  What a Veteran Knows | What So Proudly We Hail.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Helen K.

    Happy Veterans Day, Dr. Veith. I enjoy reading much of what Joe Carter writes.

    Phil and I were both in the Air Force for a few years and the military still holds an important part of our hearts. May sound a little old-fashioned these days.

    I am still unabashadly an American Patriot. Long may our flag wave.

  • Helen K.

    Happy Veterans Day, Dr. Veith. I enjoy reading much of what Joe Carter writes.

    Phil and I were both in the Air Force for a few years and the military still holds an important part of our hearts. May sound a little old-fashioned these days.

    I am still unabashadly an American Patriot. Long may our flag wave.

  • Andrew

    I am thankful for all the people who gave up years of their lives, as well as their lives or health to defend others. I can only hope that if needed, i could assist where required in defence of neighbour and the weak.

    (I’m in australia). At our church there is a USAF pilot and his family (stationed to help train up our guys in a new model of plane we were sold), and they are the model of decency and chivalry in how they behave and how they do family. a few more people like these guys out in the international community and the global impression of americans and american service people would be raised considerably. wonderful ambassadors for both christ and the nation they serve.

  • Andrew

    I am thankful for all the people who gave up years of their lives, as well as their lives or health to defend others. I can only hope that if needed, i could assist where required in defence of neighbour and the weak.

    (I’m in australia). At our church there is a USAF pilot and his family (stationed to help train up our guys in a new model of plane we were sold), and they are the model of decency and chivalry in how they behave and how they do family. a few more people like these guys out in the international community and the global impression of americans and american service people would be raised considerably. wonderful ambassadors for both christ and the nation they serve.

  • Booklover

    A WWII veteran was being interviewed in church yesterday. He was asked if there were people there to welcome him home from the Pacific. He said not really, but there was one lady, and he married her. He had warned her of his malaria and other ailments, but she had said it was OK, she would take care of him. She did, and they’ve been married 65 years.

    Bless all who have given so much. Doubly bless all who have given so much with nothing in return.

  • Booklover

    A WWII veteran was being interviewed in church yesterday. He was asked if there were people there to welcome him home from the Pacific. He said not really, but there was one lady, and he married her. He had warned her of his malaria and other ailments, but she had said it was OK, she would take care of him. She did, and they’ve been married 65 years.

    Bless all who have given so much. Doubly bless all who have given so much with nothing in return.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    Affirmations of support for our troops are a bit controversial today with the popularity of gutting the services and the unpopularity of the wars we’ve most recently fought.

    However when war is inevitably required it is a blessing to be part of a nation that draws men of honor and skill to wield the sword. I hope we never throw that blessing away for passing reasons.

  • http://steadfastlutherans.org/ SAL

    Affirmations of support for our troops are a bit controversial today with the popularity of gutting the services and the unpopularity of the wars we’ve most recently fought.

    However when war is inevitably required it is a blessing to be part of a nation that draws men of honor and skill to wield the sword. I hope we never throw that blessing away for passing reasons.

  • P.C.

    Only four comments concerning veterans on Veterans Day. How sad!

  • P.C.

    Only four comments concerning veterans on Veterans Day. How sad!


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