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November 10, 2012

For the love of God and country

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On this day we need to comfort and console those families and friends and neighbors of the veteran who gave his or her life for us who remain to continue to live in this great country of ours.

We will gather together to watch parades of veterans past and in some areas we will see servicemen and women in uniform marching with their heads held high in respect and honor of those who died in battle and service of our country. Those men and women were family to us all and what makes us so is that we are Americans, and as Americans when the call came for us to join together in time of war or disaster, we did not remain seated, but we arose to the task. For many of us learned as youngsters that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.

Along with those words we learned to love our neighbors as ourselves. These words come from the Scriptures, which teach us of the unconditional love God has for His people and we are to put that love into practice with our fellow Americans. Let us never forget that God has blessed our great nation and will continue to so as long as we do not forget Him.

Americans throughout this land will call upon God to thank Him for carrying us through our times of grief and sorrow and He has never abandoned us and the Lord God has uplifted us and He has given us the capability to never lose our resolve; thus He allows to stand with love, respect, honor and pride as we remember those Americans who gave their lives so that we can live in the land of the free.

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The Rev. Aram T. Marashlian is chaplain emeritus of the Newburyport Fire Department.

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