Gratitude Means a Lot
As a new chaplain to the U.S. Air Force I appreciated the discussion on ministry in the military. ['Holston members weigh in on war,' Feb. 28 issue] In the midst of clinging to our political viewpoints, we often forget some of the most important individuals in this debate: the men and women of our armed services. As I am daily in ministry to these individuals and their families, I am not sure that as civilians, one can fully appreciate their sacrifice and service. These persons face stress, separation from loved ones, and uncertainty all in the cause of defending our freedom. Somehow, they manage to disregard personal agendas, conveniences, and political viewpoints so that we as a nation can rest secure.
As I have been in active duty for the past year I have grown to value them and their commitment on my behalf. Let us not ever lose sight of the men and women in our armed forces. May we commit ourselves to pray for them and their families during the uncertain days ahead. Perhaps as we see a person in the military we might take the opportunity to say Òthank you.Ó As someone who now wears the uniform, I can honestly say that gratitude from the citizens we serve means more than you could ever imagine.
Capt. David B. Knight Jr.
Eglin Air Force Base
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
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