Veterans Day – Tuesday, November 11th


     On our way home this summer, after helping our son relocate to another military base, my hero and I drove through Washington, D.C.  Though we were on a tight schedule, neither of us had ever been there so we decided to squeeze in a little time for sightseeing.


     What a joke.  The Capitol city is not meant to be squeezed in.  It’s rife with sensory overload.  When you’re in a place that rich in history, where do you begin?  We didn’t even try to decide; we just took our son’s advice and headed for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.


     The planes, space suits, spaceships, moon rock, and elaborate displays were mind boggling.  But the highlight for me was when we came upon a group of people jockeying for position around a table with a stack of books.  Behind the table sat an elderly black man wearing a baseball cap, a bright red blazer, and an infectious smile.


Curtis Christopher Robinson


     I quickly learned that I was in the presence of none other than 89-year-old Curtis Christopher Robinson, a former fighter pilot with the 99th squadron and one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black air combat unit, who flew with distinction during WW II.


     To write about Mr. Robinson, his history, character, and all his achievements, would take a book.  That book has already been written, by George Norfleet, and I was blessed to happen upon one of their signings.


     Don’t even get me started about what we owe to United States servicemen and women.  It’s beyond telling.  Please go out of your way to thank some of them this week.  What a great opportunity to instill in our children true virtue, and teach them about real-life heroes.  God has graced us with historic-but-still-living examples.  Let us cherish them while they are among us.


4 Responses

  1. How neat was that! The servicemen and women of the U.S. and the peacekeepers of Canada truly are the real heroes.

  2. Looks like an awesome experience.

    It s the modern current church today that I have concerns with. I wonder if God is even involved in any way. At least the church that I went to was not following the bible. The new testament talks about false teachers so there must be false teacher, right?

    and as far as the 10 commandments- well, it says Thou shalt not kill. So I wonder why we as a people think that abortion is so evil and not the killing of innocent babies with bombs. murder is murder. I am not for abortion. I am not for war. but it’s not about me.

    The hypocracy that I see in some churches feels evil. What old testament laws do we keep? There were many besides the 10. Our church taught us that the levitical laws were old testament and that Jesus fullfilled the law. So the old laws no longer applied (ie like jewish dietary rituals) except tithing.

    so we tithed. and gave more than tenth.
    as the pastor sent his teens to private highschool at over $6,000 a year…while we struggled to pay bills…and things of that nature.

    It isn’t God that I am disillusioned with. It is this evil thing that some are doing in His name.

  3. Such a great reminder!
    -sandy toes

  4. Got your reply,, yes I know Jeff Vs book! thanks.
    I think I misunderstood your first reply…

    got it now.

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