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A Memorial Day message to be at the Kalkaska cemetery



Bob Hall is the VFW Chaplin of Kalkaska, Michigan. He is my very good friend and fellow combat veteran, seeing front-line combat in Korea, during the same time frame as myself in an infantry outfit. We both were wounded in action and have both received the “Purple Heart” “Combat Infantry Badge” and other similar military acknowledgements. We also both belong to a VA group that helps us deal with our individual PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder, acquired through the rigors of war and having seen and been a part of, too much of the death and destruction of other human-beings made in the image and likeness of God. Bob, as the VFW Chaplin, has occasion to speak out at different veteran’s events. He has asked me to help him prepare a short message for him to give on Memorial Day, at the Kalkaska cemetery, on May 29, 2017. I have listed a copy of it below.


Leith Lyman Cunningham www.thetruthstandsout.com


Chaplin Bob Halls Memorial Day message at Kalkaska


We find ourselves here at the Kalkaska cemetery on this Memorial Day, in 2017, to individually, collectively and as a grateful nation; to honor, give thanks to God and to all of the brave men and women who gave their own last measure of life, that the rest of us may live on, in peace, safety and plenty.

Memorial Day is an important day in America. It’s a day to give thanks, to pay tribute and to remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. In reality, we should be thankful every single day of the year, but the third Monday of May is the official day where we all come together to honor our fallen soldiers.


While Plato has said, (pause) “Only the dead have seen the end of war” We all yearn for the day; when the living sees the end of war as well.


And as sure and certain as the sun comes up tomorrow, we shall all know in our hearts and inner being; that the time is coming when mankind will no longer war among ourselves.


We can know this to be true, because our Almighty God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, tells us that in Micah chapter 4 and verse 3 and again in Isaiah chapter 2 verse 4. (Where it says)


And He (Christ) will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.


At the return of Jesus Christ, (pause) He, will usher in the kingdom of God here upon this earth that we live on. To be administered by Jesus Christ Himself, along with the chosen few elect, (pause) His saints, that have been selected and set aside to rule and to govern with and under Him for the next one thousand years, known as the millennium.

General George S. Patton was a great military leader, both of WW1 and WW11. General Patton arrived upon the scene at the precise and exact moment in the history of our nation; to be a large part of our victory over hostile enemies, and to fend off those intent upon taking away our freedom, and to enslave our peoples. As he fearlessly, with purpose and with tireless, unbounded energy, led our soldiers into battle, against the well-trained German and other enemy troops.


General Patton was a unique high ranking soldier that knew well, how to motivate those under his command. Quotations from General Patton instill in mankind yet today; courage, tenacity, bravery, dedication and the will to fight and to win for a great cause. General Patton has said, “better to fight for something, then live for nothing”. Saying as well, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived”.

But in the future here on earth, under the rule of Jesus Christ, it will never include the killing and maiming of others made in the image and likeness of God. Only the peace of God will exist. Bloody men of war such as General Patton or King David will no longer be needed to lead armies into war, to litter, and to leave the battlefields strewn with broken and mangled bodies, (pause) choking and gurgling out their last breath of life as the vision of home and of their loved ones, slowly slips from their consciousness, heart and mind into the sleep of death and into oblivion.


However, those of great leadership skills will always be mightily used of God, for organizational Godly governing positions, within the kingdom of God. King David in spite of being a bloody man, a man of war, was also a man after Gods own heart. In Ezekiel 34:20-24 it clarifies that Christ will be Lord and under Him will be David as prince… My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd . . . And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them.


We all have so much to be thankful and grateful for. God has placed us here in a nation filled to the brim with milk and honey, where freedom yet reigns among our diverse peoples of many different cultures. Freedom is a wonderful thing; to be treasured and valued beyond measure. Other cultures and nations, if left to themselves, would take it all away. Let us not become complacent and take it all for granted. “What we have been given, can also be taken away”. Suppose God should decide to examine us, how are we doing in His eyes, are we as a nation believing, practicing, accepting and following after His Word and His way, or do we need a correction? Are we beginning to lose our way as a Christian nation? These are things we need to reflect upon.


I would like to thank you all for coming here to give thanks to God, to pay tribute and to honor all of those before us and those that will come after us, with the courage, the bravery, the patriotism and love for country, those that have stepped up, (pause) and those that will again when and if needed and asked to do so, to defend our right to live as a free and strong nation under God, whose great and mighty name; we ask for His blessing upon our nation, a nation so badly in need; of your loving guidance and Godly direction, that we may turn to you and continue to receive your wonderful blessings. We give thanks and ask this all in the name of Your Son; Jesus Christ; Amen!


Please stand for a moment longer in silent reflection, honor and dedication to duty, to God and to country, As I conclude this day’s memorial celebration of thanksgiving and gratefulness, by closing now with a taps bugle piece.


Leith Lyman Cunningham www.thetruthstandsout.com