Winston Churchill once said, “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”Those same simple words are deeply rooted in our hearts as we pause to honor our military personnel this coming Veterans Day. In celebration, and with a heart of gratitude, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Iowa held their 3rd Annual Veterans Event on Monday, November 9.
If you take the two minutes to watch the adjacent embedded YouTube link you will catch some of the solemn spirit that was in the room that night. With an emphasis on World War II the audience heard heartfelt stories from Iowa veterans. For some stories it was the first time they ever were shared due to the horrific nature of the memory. This type of initiate story telling intoxicated the room with a patriotic spirit of both pride and mourning.
While having my boys shake the hands of many veterans was a highlight, the most memorable moment for me occurred when a former European resident, now silver-haired women took the microphone from her seat and thanked the veterans for saving her life.
Tamara Scott, State Director for CWA of Iowa, says, “In Iowa we are so thankful that we have individuals who understand that there are evils far greater than war. And unfortunately sometimes it takes war to stop them. We are grateful for our men and women, our sons and daughters, and our brothers and sisters who have offered themselves in the most sacrificial way to protect us from those who would destroy us.”
“We take time to remember the fallen, we honor those who have served, and we take time to support and encourage those who have family members serving now,” Scott recalls about the occasion. “We will display photos, honor family members, and hear stories that have never been told before. The sacrifice is not just being made by the soldier across the sea; it is also being made by the family who has trusted their beloved into the hand of God.”
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