“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means….” John Adams.
Brave men and women have fought to keep our nation free. Loved ones display the American flag or hold in their hand the identification tag of a cherished son or daughter who gave the ultimate sacrifice. One such solider was Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe.
A “Shield of Strength” hung on the chain around Captain Rippetoe’s neck when the Army Ranger and two other soldiers were killed in a car bomb explosion at an Iraqi checkpoint. The 1-by-2-inch shield, which Rippetoe wore along with his military dog tags and a Christian cross, displayed a U.S. flag on one side and a quote from Joshua 1:9 on the other: “I will be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified, or discouraged, for the Lord my God is with me where I go.” He was the first soldier from the Iraq war laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Thank you solider and God bless you!