Thank You - 18 Million Veterans

On this Veteran's Day 2021, we have millions of reminders of why we are thankful for this day! That is right, there are 18 million veterans in the United States all around us.

Veteran's Day was formally known as Armistice Day. World War I ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” (

Veteran's Day is more than a day off of work. It is a great day of thanksgiving and gratitude. As author Jon Bloom states, "It is right and wise to remember the great price some have paid to preserve the historically unprecedented civil and religious freedoms we Americans have the luxury to take largely for granted." The real importance of this day is found in giving thanks. We thank God for the blessing of freedom and gracing us with the men and women of our armed forces.

It is a chance to thank God for the past and look ahead to the future. We thank God today for the graces of how he has blessed our country in the past and we pray that He graces us with these unprecedented freedoms to unashamedly proclaim the gospel in the years ahead in the United States of America and beyond. What a reminder we have today that we are soldiers as well. This is how the bible refers to us.

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. - 2 Timothy 2:3-4

We thank our veterans for giving us examples of courage, honor, and dedication. These are qualities we need every day to fulfill the mission we have been given by Jesus.

This coming Sunday, we will have a chance to thank our Veterans as we do every year and even more, we will thank our great sovereign God for how He blesses us in so many ways because of Christ Jesus as we do every single day. We cannot wait to see you as we worship our great God and Lord Jesus Christ!

Thank you Veteran's past and present for your service and sacrifice. I pray that God would bless you, heal wounds, and protect those actively serving today!

Thank you!

- Pastor Brad Kirby