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November 9, 2013

TUCKER: Remembering Our Veterans

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Tonawanda News — And in the City of Tonawanda on Monday, the Tonawanda Free Methodist Church will host a Veterans Day spaghetti dinner 5 to 8 p.m., free to all veterans.

Special prayer

The following prayer was recited at the recent Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club meeting and bears repeating.

“Oh God, our heavenly Father, we come to you today to honor and thank the Veterans for the price that many paid. How can we repay them for the sacrifice they made? Many came home crippled and some went to their grave.

They built a marble monument in town the other day, they put it on the village green in permanent display. It’s a grand and noble symbol raised by a grateful land, but I remember a simpler one of steel, and wood and sand.

In war I walked with my rifle, the man in front went down. I saw how the bullets hit him and slammed him to the ground. I covered him with a poncho and then, to be sure he’d be found, I took his rifle and bayonet and jabbed it into the ground.

There wasn’t much more I could do, my tribute seemed a trifle. So I took a battered helmet and placed it on the rifle. Years have passed since that fateful night, and now I read his name, carved on a marble monument enshrined on a wall of fame.

Yet that helmet on a rifle was a much more fitting shrine. For the rifle was my brother’s, and the helmet there was mine. He was one of the many sacrificed in war, yet we enjoy the freedoms he was fighting for.

Please God, hold the Veteran in the palm of your great hand. Grant us peace, bring our soldiers home with love from a grateful land.”

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