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Yesterday, Saturday, I was privileged to attend a special ceremony with friends at a local Church. The occasion was the dedication and setting aside of a new flagpole in front of the Church that sits on one of the major highways coming into our little town.

We began the service with words from Scripture and were exhorted by the pastor to guard the freedoms we have, freedoms that are not really granted or ensured by government, but rather which are inalienable rights we have as humans because we are God's creation. He reminded us that our Christian forefathers had included these rights in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution because of their foundation in faith. Our pastor also cautioned us that today those who would like to remove recognition of God and the symbols of Christianity from every public forum weaken the protection of those rights in our society.

We concluded our service with the hoisting of the Stars and Strips and the Christian Flag, recitation of the Pledge, and singing the National Anthem. Finally a plaque was unveiled revealing the name of the Senior Elder of the Church who was honored that day by his family and friends - a man of faith and a patriot who had served in the Army Air Corps in World War II rising to the rank of Sergeant. A Christian Soldier who continues to faithfully serve his God and Country. Thanks be to God for people who treasure their freedoms and honor those who stand in harms way to protect them.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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