72 Words

Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath. The oath of enlistment into the United States Armed Forces is administered by any commissioned officer to any person enlisting or re-enlisting for a term of service into any branch of the military. The officer asks the person, or persons, to raise their right hand and repeat the oath after him. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States Flag and other flags, such as the state flag, military branch flag, and unit guidon may be present.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

This simple oath has been taken by millions of men and women over the course of our nation’s history, and, by doing so, have offered their lives, their futures to protect and defend the United States of America. Some have been asked to forfeit their lives because they chose to take that oath. Still others carry physical scars because they chose to take that oath. All carry memories of friends, enemies, and events because they chose to take that oath. That oath takes but a few moments to say. Most who take that oath the first time do not realize the magnitude or the potential ramifications of that oath. I took that oath on entry to the US Army, and I took a similar oath when I became a law enforcement officer. I have been released from neither, nor do I wish to be.

Simply put, taking the oath means you have made it your personal responsibility to “Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic…”. You are telling the whole world “This is my Country, and I will defend her. I will not allow you to do her harm!” You have given your country a blank check with your name on it. You have stood straight and said with clear voice standing before your fellow citizens “My Country will be Free, even if it costs me my life!”

72 words. Takes less than one minute to recite. Its meaning? Almost unfathomable to those who have not spoken those words with their right hand held high, and have worn a uniform of the United States military. Short answer to what it means: You are a Patriot.


Prayer Request for America

I received this as an email from my wife this morning and thought it appropriate to post for all to see, reflect upon and pray.

Our nation is/has been on the slippery slope for a long  time. If you look
around you will find corruption, greed, moral decay, and  a steady move away
from the things that made us great. The principles upon  which this nation
was founded are no longer our backbone. However, we can reverse this trend.

2 Chron. 7:14 in God’s word he states, “If my  people who are called by my
name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and
heal their Land.”

I am convinced that we must pray for our nation and its leaders and ask for
forgiveness So I ask you to join me in this plea to our Lord.
If you do and they comply, we will lift up millions and millions of prayers
a  day to our Creator. He will hear, and will answer.

Let me just add a quote from Ronald Reagan “If we ever forget that we are
one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”  I truly
believe this is why the United States of America is in the shape we are in
today.  Most people have forgotten that we are one nation under God!  Let us
as Christians stand up and remind people of this.

I ask for God’s Blessing of America & for our Troops especially those in Harm’s Way!

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