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Courage is often talked about, but seldom witnessed. The courage of our brave soldiers inspires all of us. May is National Military Appreciation Month, a month set aside by Congress in 1999 to re-energize patriotism in America, and recognize the men and women of our armed services for their courage on and off the battlefield. It is a time for each generation to reflect on the sacrifices of their forefathers.

 

Many of the men and women serving in our armed forces come from first and second generation American families, creating a diverse fighting force that proves patriotism is not exclusive to a few ethnic groups.

 

America has faced many fearful enemies, and will undoubtedly face many more as we progress through history. Every generation answers the call to duty. This has been evident throughout the history of Calhoun County. The branches of the Armed Services include Air Force, Army, Army Reserves, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, Navy and Public Health Service.

 

Our history collections will show that the response has always been overwhelming. The Chronicle series about Amie Sexton Silcott and the letters of Michael Ayers give an understanding of the patriotism shown during the Civil War, our first involvement as a state. The histories of individuals need to be recorded from more recent wars to inspire patriotism and honor those who defend our nation.

 

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For Mother’s Day, “A Mother’s Words of Wisdom” from Kathryn Hillen:

 

“‘Don’t ever become so busy that you fail to realize how very happy you are.’

 

“The statement meant much to me as I have raised our family. Whenever I have felt overly busy to the point of neglecting the little joys, the expressions of appreciation, the realization of how happy we are--whenever play with the children seemed more of a duty than a privilege, I have thought of Mother’s words. They have been a warning beacon that has changed my attitude toward life and toward what is valuable.”

 

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National Day of Prayer will be celebrated at noon on Thursday, May 7, in front of the courthouse. Take time to pray for our service people, mothers and nation.

 

2009 PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

by Beth Moore, honorary chairman of National Day of Prayer

Father in Heaven,

We lift our eyes toward Your Throne, where You reign in righteousness

Your Word assures us that when Your people cry out

        in sincerity and humility, You will never turn a deaf ear to us.

We call upon You now, seeking Your forgiveness and favor.

Look over this fevered landscape and heal us, Lord.

Drop knees to the floor and raise eyes to the sky,

        for we know where our help comes from.

Unite these States again in devotion to You, and blur every dividing line.

Do not give us over to our sins.

Give us, instead, over to passionate prayer that moves Your heart.

“May Your unfailing love rest upon us,

O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”

In the name of our Lord and Savior, Amen.

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