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Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day in several countries including Canada. It’s Veteran’s Day in the United States. A day designed to remember and perpetuate peace through good will between nations. A day to remember those who gave some and those who gave all for their country and countrymen.
I want to be sensitive to the Mennonite Communities position of Pacifism. As many of you know I am the one “Mennonite Girl” who is not a Mennonite. I do not come from a background of Pacifism. I have relatives who fought in WWII, Vietnam, and our son in law Andrew is serving in Afghanistan as a Marine right now. Many Mennonites have served in other capacities during war times and their work is appreciated. We are united in our love for the Lord and our love for our fellow man. I would appreciate your prayers when you remember our Andrew that God will bring him home safe and sound. Today is a good day to pray for our men and women who have suffered much while serving our countries.
John 15:13 ~ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
How grateful we can be to live in lands where freedom reigns. How grateful we should be to God who reigns over all.
Looking forward to that day when all wars will cease…


  1. I shall add Andrew to my prayer list. Ellen please thank him for me for his service to our country.

    You have written a lovely and heartfelt piece here. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Ellen, thank you for such a tender post, and Andrew is in my prayers consistently.I lost my grandfather, and uncles fighting in world war II and our family was torn apart and separated and experienced extreme horrors of war and never do I forget the sacrifice of so many for my freedom.

  3. We all around the world are joined by this day and a smiple poppy....I too remember a lost family! Lee-Ann

  4. Thank you for remembering the valor, duty and sacrifice of our Veteran's on this day.

  5. Thank you for this thoughtful post. God bless you and your son Andrew.

  6. Thanks Ellen, My Dad is a ww2 veteran , we remember and will add Andrew to our prayers.

  7. Dear Ellen . .as always remembering your Andrew in prayer. ..asking the Lord to bring him home safely.
    Thank you for this beautiful post.

  8. Thank you for your thoughtful post Ellen...I am so glad you are a "Mennonite Girl" who is not Mennonite. We Mennonites must never forget the profound sacrifices of those who have died and those who are serving...Today I wear the poppy and I remember....

  9. Amen, Ellen. Bless you for today's most heartfelt post. As I rub this poppy upon my lapel, I feel the utmost respect to both the men and women who sacrificed so, so much. I shall say a prayer for Andrew...

    Lest we forget,
    Anna (Toronto)

  10. Ellen , thank you for this hearfelt post. I am also praying for your Andrew and for all the men and women who have felt strongly enough about freedom and love for country to rsik their lives.

  11. Very well written! I felt like saying Amen to the last statement! I am very humble and thankful today. ♥

  12. Only the heart of a mother, could of written this post so well.
    Thank you Ellen for your sharing your strong belief and being sensitive to the Pacifists. True Patriotism!!!

  13. David's dad did the CCC camps first until the Army came looking for help in non-combat positions. He then became a dental assistant in Texas. But I do believe he had other brothers who served...they were raised in a pretty traditional Mennonite home. I have had family in the past who served in the military, yet I know so little about that life as it was in WW1. The little I know, we have much to be thankful for and I know I can not imagine what life is like for the military families. I'm also thankful that God is our judge and will look at the hearts of everyone whether they served or not...His peace is often not the peace that humans can grasp. Praying for Andrew and Katie....


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