Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14th - Part II: Why I Love Our Flag

My grandmother wrote the following letter to her mother back home in Minnesota while she was stationed overseas as a nurse in WWII. She was somewhere in either North Africa or Italy.

‘Old glory’ is flying here on our post for the first time and oh is it a beautiful sight to see her
waving in the breeze, with the small red cross flag beneath it. Honestly, you never know
how much that symbol can mean until you’re away from home. It certainly is a beautiful
sight and is impressive. Just to think that each star stands for a state and there are 48 of
them all working hard to get us back home in a hurry. Next time you see it be sure and
take another look at it and think of all it stands for. At 4:45 pm we’re going to have formal
retreat nightly. We’ll all stand at attention, face the flag and salute. It undoubtedly will be a
very impressive sight.

We had church services this morning on the hillside, and the message was very good. An
older pastor spoke from Galatians 6:7. It hit home for all of us. They had an alter fixed up
and it really was attractive. They took a box, covered it with a piece of blue paper and had a
white cross in the front. On the top there was a cross, our flag and a little silk red cross flag.
We had another super dinner today. Roast veal, rice, gravy, sweet pickles, bread, butter
and jam and pineapple rings. This morning we had pancakes and were they good. They
couldn’t even compare with the light fluffy ones you make mom, but it’s a long time since we
had them, so these tasted very good.

Last night they had a show for us on the hillside. It was an old picture, but a good one.
‘Hudson Bay’. The pictures are shown outside and we sit on the ground and watch them.
Last night we had quite a bit of excitement outside our tent. The guards killed a snake, so of
course we were all plenty worried. Don’t know what we would have done if we found one.
I suppose we would have called ‘Corporal of the guard – Tent Number 2’.
Thanks for taking care of my insurance for me.

Lots of love,

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:7 (NIV)