My Great...Grandfather Marselan Terrance Cryer Sr. fought in the Civil War and was killed at Gettysberg. Being wounded on July 3rd just one day after his 27th birthday; he died July 4th 1863 from the wounds he received in the battle at Little Round Top under the command of General Hood. Marselan left a wife and 2 young children. Do I love him for his sacrifice? Yes, he has become dear to my heart.
My Dad was a B-17 Bomber Co-pilot during WWII. His plane was shot down over Germany. They just barely made it over the Switzerland border before crash landing. The pilot was killed and my dad suffered sever concussion and head wounds. Years later, my Dad and Mom returned to the town where his plane crashed. The towns people held several celebrations and ceremonies honoring my dad and his fellow crewmen. They expressed their gratitude for the American soldiers that protected them during the war. I am very proud of my father and his desire to fight for what is right. He is my hero!
My heart is so full of gratitude and pride for these people that shaped my future. From the 1500's to now, freedom from oppression and injustice still governs many of the decissions that my family makes. I have a son that has volunteered to help defend the freedoms and rights of others. He is currently in a far away place. He is also my hero!
These are 2 of my nephews that are also serving in the military!
I am so grateful to belong to a Church that upholds the religious freedom of everyone. The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote Thirteen Articles of Faith. This is what the 11th Article of Faith says:
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according
to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
In church yesterday, we sang several patriotic hymns. My eyes swelled with tears as I contemplated the freedoms I enjoy and the price paid by other for that freedom. When was the last time you sang the National Anthem and were able to feel the pride that comes from belonging to this great nation....I hope it has been recently!