Monday, December 24, 2012


Pastor Gene A. Dasher, Sr.
One Ole Veteran’s Christmas Message
Barry Rice
Barry is the State President for Vietnam Veterans in Tennessee, enjoy his writing.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Whatever you call him, however you celebrate him, Santa Claus is the Spirit of Giving that lives in all of us. As a most proud Vietnam veteran, with our Founding Principle being “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another”, Vietnam veterans all have much to give thanks for and much to give back.

Christmas! I sit here thinking and trying to remember Christmas' past. It surprises me that I remember, in an out-of-focus way, last Christmas. I don't remember the specifics, but I remember the joy of having our family and grandchildren here with Ann and I, and the joy of celebrating the real meaning of Christmas.

One of the best parts of Christmas is that it comes with the closeness and memory of people we love. And, this Christmas season is the ideal time to rededicate ourselves to the principals that will define us and our place in the hearts of our wives, husbands, children, grandchildren and fellow veterans . . . our Brothers and Sisters.

We are proud Vietnam veterans, spurred on by the common belief that we are here for one another, and our wonderful country, in the ongoing defense of freedom and our trust in the Almighty God. What a meaningful time in history to be a veteran in the United States of America, requiring our dedication and commitment of spirit as never before.

As we move through the twelve-days of Christmas, let us all take time to remember veterans at eternal rest in our private and National Cemeteries. We also should hasten to thank the 495,800 Tennessee Veterans we are blessed to have amongst us. Remembering those who fought for freedom is a windowpane into our own future because we, too, will be remembered for what we did for others in this life.

Our Christmas season is a sign of timelessness, symbolizing hope and renewal. It’s a time to remember fellow veterans, renew our traditions and give thanks to God. As proud veterans, our traditions show us who we are and what we must do to maintain our watchfulness. We are all veterans, Brothers and Sisters, standing guard together and giving back until our Almighty Commander-in-Chief calls our assigned mission fulfilled. But, until then . . .

Merry Christmas and thanks be to God for my Brother and Sister veterans and my most sincere wishes that all enjoy a safe and joyful Christmas season!


“If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9

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