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  1. Tim Gunnells
    November 14, 2017

    Very thoughtful. Thank you.

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  2. Amanda Carter
    November 15, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject. My husband is a retired Marine, and I am very proud of his service. However, I was always uncomfortable when the church with which I worshipped celebrated military service on every one of the three military holidays and whenever young people enlisted in the service, left for bootcamp, returned from bootcamp, or simply visited while on leave (though I did appreciate the increased need to pray for those young people). I was particulary uncomfortable with the church’s tradition of using the worship service to applaud while the veterans or new recruits stood at attention in their pews. I never could quite put into words the source of my discomfort, though, until I read your article, so thank you.

    I have recently begun worshipping with a new church and was pleased when ”Veterans Day Sunday” passed with no mention of the holiday and without singing “God Bless America.”

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