Stephen’s trip to Parris Island, SC began long ago.
I believe it was love for God and country, passed down from his family, which caused him to arrive at his decision to serve. I believe it was his dedication to serving the Lord for freedom and liberty that causes our freedom and liberty to remain strong.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the family gathering, as I had wrenched my back on Friday night – while helping to pitch batting practice to my son’s baseball team. There are times when I’m convinced I am a young man in an older man’s body – a body that refuses to move as quickly as the mind tells it to. In avoiding a line drive up the middle, I turned a little too quickly.
Because I couldn’t attend, I called to speak with Gene and Stephen. It was a very important for me to speak with Stephen – and to express my appreciation for his decision to serve.
More importantly, it was important for me to lift up Stephen and his family in prayer.
Because Stephen decided to serve, we are a stronger country.
I have not had the honor of meeting Stephen yet. I also have not met thousands of young Americans who have decided to join the USMC, as well as the other service branches.
However, I know freedom intimately. I appreciate liberty, and I honor sacrifice.
So to Stephen and many other young men and women who head off to serve, I say thank you.
My family and I lift you up in prayer for all that you do, and we appreciate and admire the sacrifice your families have made, as well.
Without your service, and the service of all who have gone before you, the strength of our country would be in peril. Freedom and liberty would hang in the balance.
Like the back of this American, there are times when our country seems a bit hobbled and a little worse for wear.
But like the back of this American, we know that the pain, while inconvenient, is temporary because our people are strong.
There is no greater show of strength then when we see a young person decide to serve our country.
God Bless Stephen, his family, and all of the others I cannot possibly name.
Our family salutes you.