Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving is a unique American holiday that brings all faiths and cultures of this great nation together around a common theme of thanks.

Traditionally, we stop for a moment in our busy schedules, gather with family and friends to reflect on the year past, give thanks for our blessings and freedoms and share bounty, food and fellowship. And then there is 2020… sigh…

Regardless of that, many of our Military are away from home on Thanksgiving Day. Please keep them in mind as we gather around the table (not more than 6 or 10 depending) on Thursday and include a thought of gratitude for the freedoms they defend and those we enjoy as a result of their dedication and sacrifice.

We also need to be mindful that for many Americans, it has been another tough year. Hard times can serve as a reminder to be more thankful; if you have the opportunity, reach out to someone less fortunate this week…


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?’

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’

Author Unknown~

Remember, it’s the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It’s the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It’s the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom…



Happy Thanksgiving!!! — 19 Comments

  1. As a lifetime Military man,
    I’ve heard it often said:
    “If you wish to Honor those in the Military
    and those who have given their ALL,
    Be the kind of American worthy of that service and sacrifice.”

    In this most terrible of years,
    When Abusive Public Servants assume the throne is theirs,
    And our Political Royalty declares that laws
    only apply to the peasants.
    We The People can stand up for our Freedom,
    We will kneel and serve those who hate America.

    Our Forefathers gave their ALL to forge this country,
    Be the kind of American that would have them give

    MSG Grumpy

  2. Hey Old NFO;

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers from me and my house.

  3. Go read Matthew 23:23-31. Our soldier has no worries — but the one’s who think they are going there just might.

  4. Thank you for the reminder, my friend. And may your Thanksgiving be as fulsome, merry and joyous as any you’ve had.

  5. Have a great turkey day, NFO, thank you for the words, and thank you for the blog.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving!
    We all have much to be thankful for, today and every day. Even if we all to often forget.

  7. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t eat too much! Out of twenty Xmas’s an TG. holidays, made it home four times for Xmas and three for TG. So I know what these present guys are feeling today, and I really appreciate what they are doing right now, to preserve what appear to be very tenuous threads keeping us free to practice those God given rights! HOORA, guys!!!

  8. One more comment I forgot to add to the above one: Thank, you Jim for all the time and effort you put in to keep this blog going! You are my first stop every day, and then on to Knuckledragger. Between both of you, is where most of my online time is spent! Thanks again