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Band of Brothers

November 8, 2017 by Kristin Camiola

Let's give thanks for those who have served in the military and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

The following excerpt from devozine magazine, The Upper Room’s devotional magazine for teens, reminds us to be thankful for our men and women in uniform.

On the wall in my parents' front room hangs a picture of my grandpa and his three brothers in uniform. Tom, my grandpa, was a navigator in the Army Air Force. Larry served in the U.S. Army. Ed was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, and 17-year-old Paul served in the U.S. Navy. My great-grandmother proudly noted the date on the back of the photo: 1944.

All four of these brothers survived World War II. Today my brother serves in the Marine Corps. War is personal for my family. Maybe that's why I believe that war isn't about politics or generals or strategies. It's about people like you and me. "Smart" weapons and advanced technology don't fight wars—people do.

Whenever I hear of a fallen soldier, I think of my family's band of brothers and how different my life would be if even one of them had died. Sometimes war is necessary; but when I think about the people involved, I know God wants me to pray for peace. 

—from devozine (March/April 2005). Copyright © 2004 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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