My dearest SONS
This past month, has been one of loss and reflection and thankfulness in small victories.
Throughout the summer, we sat a drought conditions across our great state. Unfortunately it was only a matter of time, before an unprecedented maelstrom of wildfire the scale of which had never been seen struck. And as our states wildlands burned, brave men and women from across the state and nation rushed into harm’s way to save lives and preserve the property of their neighbors and countrymen.
National Guardsmen were activated and in a move unseen since 2004 Active Duty troops from JBLM’s 17th Field Artillery Brigade joined the fight on the fire lines as well.
Unfortunately during this unprecedented call to arms against Mother Nature, three of our Public Servants were lost outside of Twisp Washington. Fire fighters Andrew Zajac, Richard Wheeler and Tom Zbyszewski gave their lives in support of their neighbors and fellow firefighters, a noble and underappreciated sacrifice.
Despite the uncertainty that continues to hang over our state and communities the Lords grace gleams through.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “
I would be remiss to not mention the upcoming 14 year anniversary of the Terror attacks on September 11th 2001. Soon across our state and nation, service organizations along with civic groups, schools, churches, and Americans of all ages, races and creeds will pause in meaningful reflection.
As we the Detachment of Washington Sons of the American Legion, gather across the state in our squadron meetings or daily walks of life I urge each of you to take time out to honor those lost on 9-11 and those that remain in their stead. I also ask that you reflect on the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families since then, from the Gold Star families to those suffering mental or physical anguish as a result of their service. Many of our family members and fellow Americans still suffer with results of the actions of terrorists on that fateful September day 14 years ago.
As always my dear SONS I remain humbled and honored to be your Chaplin and look forward to hearing from you soon.
May our Father in Heaven place a hedge of protection around you and May he bless you beyond measure!!!