God and Country
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Posted: February 24th, 2017:
Greetings Legionnaires and Post 290 Family,
In preparation for this year’s Four Chaplains Memorial Service I read the novel, Sea of Glory, authored by one of the Chaplain’s nephews. If you are not familiar with the story it is about four WWII Army Chaplains who laid down their lives for the sake of others. Reading this book helped bring this story to life and gave me better understanding of the significance of the Four Chaplains legacy, especially as it pertains to the American Legion’s call upon its membership to serve “God and Country.”
In order to make this calling a real practice the founders of our organization blessed us with The Preamble to the American Legion Constitution. The purpose of this preamble is to lay before us the ideals that govern everything we do as a group and to direct our conduct as individuals. We begin every Post Meeting by reciting these ideals as a reminder that we are bound by our honor to do our best to live by these principles.
The humble and sacrificial attitude of these lofty goals has continued to guide the American Legion through the years at the local and national level. The selfless acts of the Four Chaplains serve as an example of how we should live as Legionnaires, while our Preamble serves as a mirror to examine how we are doing. Like the 10 commandments in the Bible, as I consider the 10 points of the Preamble I know I have much room for improvement, yet I am grateful to belong to a tradition that holds me to such a high standard.
May God help us all in this Service,
Chaplain Ken Rambo