MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --
the Price of Freedom”
May 2017 Chaplain Reflection
Lt Col Brian Bohlman
these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave
the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these
dead shall not have died in vain-- that this nation, under God, shall have a
new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Gettysburg Address (Nov 19, 1863)
During the height of the troop surge during Operation Iraqi
Freedom, I deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany where I
cared for the emotional and spiritual needs of thousands of wounded warriors
fresh off the battle field. It was a very challenging environment which
reminded me daily of the true price of freedom.
During my tour of duty, I had an opportunity to travel
to nearby Luxembourg to visit the American Cemetery and Memorial. Spread out
across 50 acres near a beautiful wooded area, this hallowed ground became the
final resting place for 5,076 of our military dead, many who lost their lives
in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
As I walked past row after row of fallen American
heroes, I stopped when I came to the cross at the grave of a soldier from South
Carolina. Private 1st Class William C. Faile of the 54th Infantry Battalion,
10th Army Division died on March 1, 1945. After I bowed my head to offer a
prayer for this soldier’s sacrifice and for his living relatives, I felt
compelled to leave a dog tag on his cross engraved with John 15:13. “Greater
love has no one than this, that they lay down their life for their friends.”
These words of Christ are very true of this present
generation of warriors. As you prepare for Memorial Day at the end of this
month, please remember that freedom is never free. Remember the great
sacrifices of our men and women serving at home and abroad. Especially remember
the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The month of May promises to be very busy for all of
us with our S.C. Guard Air & Ground Expo followed by Mother’s Day, children
finishing school, and ending with the Memorial Day observance. As guardsmen, we
are constantly being pulled in different directions with our civilian employer,
family and service obligation. Sacrifice has always been a prerequisite to
military service and I want to thank you and your families for the ongoing
sacrifices each of you make as a Swamp Fox!
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