There are many ways to serve a nation. So often, when we think of what it means to serve our great nation, our hearts and minds are filled with familiar images.... of soldiers in airports leaving loved ones to fight for freedom abroad... of historic moments in military history such as the planting of the American flag at Iwo Jima... of scratchy black and white film depicting soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day... and the list goes on.
All of these are precious and sacred images that must remain in our hearts as Americans, and we must never forget the sacrifices made by the men and women who have worn our nation's uniforms and carried our nation's beauty into the heat of battle.
Today, however, we enter a new era of service to our nation, an era that will be defined by the union of our civil leaders and armed forces with the men and women who wear the mantle of the King of kings and carry in their hearts the original intent and heavenly destiny of our nation. We enter an era when prophet and president are invited to co-labor toward our nation's ultimate destiny, which is framed so eloquently and precisely by our former President Ronald Reagan:
"A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill."
So when I think of what it means to serve our nation in this hour, next to the civil ruler and the armed services, my mind paints a picture of men, spiritual statesmen, like Hope Taylor, and the ILE company, and I see the necessity of their role in the preservation of this calling upon our great land.