N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Standing Alone

Recently I read about a young man named Jonathan Isaac, who was the only person who stood in respect of the flag and the National Anthem at one of the Orlando Magic games.

This made me wonder how much courage this took and if this young man would get any repercussions by teammates or others for having decided to do so. All the other team members and coaches, with the blessings of the owners, “took a knee” while some held a clinched fist in the air.

Jonathan Isaac stands alone for the National Anthem at Magic game Photo credit (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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How important is the National Anthem to the people of a country?

To not acknowledge the real purpose of the National Anthem flag could be seen as a form of disrespect. In today’s world, there are many who fervently espouse their cause, whatever it may be, by using the National Anthem of the United States as their rallying point.

Therefore, I ask again…how important is this anthem we sing? Let’s start with a definition:

national anthem (also state anthemnational hymn, national song, etc.) is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation’s government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. (Wikipedia)

If then, it evokes history, traditions and struggles of its people,” should it not be given great respect?

This song, our National Anthem, and our flag are part of a great American history. Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words as he observed the flag flying over Fort McHenry, after a battle with the British in the War of 1812.

The 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner” occurred in 2014 with various special events occurring throughout the United States. The men and women who died for freedom, under this flag, are great in number. To sing and honor the flag and our Anthem is, without question, one of our greatest privileges. Certainly, those in the battle for independence and battles since for world freedom have seen great struggles. Many had to stand alone.

1812 Flag that flew over Fort McHenry at National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute

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Is it really important to stand during the singing of the National Anthem?

Some may not realize that there was a federal law concerning the appropriate way to honor the singing of the National Anthem and the associated flag ceremony. I bet you didn’t know how many revisions there have been to that law and what is considered appropriate by most citizens when the Anthem is played. Here are the highlights of the law:

….When the U.S. national anthem was first recognized by law in 1931, there was no prescription as to behavior during its playing.

….On June 22, 1942, the law was revised indicating that those in uniform should salute during its playing, while others should simply stand at attention, men removing their hats. The same code also required that women should place their hands over their hearts when the flag is displayed during the playing of the national anthem, but not if the flag was not present.

….On December 23, 1942, the law was again revised …to stand at attention and face in the direction of the music when it was played…

On July 7, 1976, the law was simplified. Men and women were instructed to stand with their hands over their hearts, men removing their hats, irrespective of whether or not the flag was displayed and those in uniform saluting. ..

….Because of the changes in law over the years and confusion between instructions for the Pledge of Allegiance versus the National Anthem, throughout most of the 20th century many people simply stood at attention and they would hold their hand (or hat) over their heart.

****After 9/11, the custom of placing the hand over the heart during the playing of the national anthem became nearly universal. (Wikipedia)

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Peer pressure and the concern about NOT looking like a person who doesn’t stand with some worthy goal, people sometimes became more hesitant. Even people in leadership positions felt that they, too, had to made some kind of statement of “unity” with those who opposed respectfully standing. As leaders, who love our country, one would think that they would believe that HONOR and RESPECT was important.

This is the reason that I am writing this post to also honor the young man, Jonathan Isaac, who was willing to be his own person and to show his appreciation for his country. Standing alone for, especially for a young person, is not an easy matter.

Mike Bianchi wrote in the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper the following about Isaac:

“Jonathan Isaac certainly shouldn’t be vilified. He has nothing to apologize for, and doesn’t have to “knee” to show he cares about human kind. He won the Magic’s Community Service Award last year.”

Bianchi sent on to explain what Isaac is doing with his wealth and commitment to his Savior, Jesus Christ. He lists a few of this activities as feeding underprivileged children; raising money to fight for literacy; relief in the Bahamas and taking students to the African Art Gallery to learn about African American history.

Jonathan Isaac also made a statement to the press: “We are all sinners and the answers to all the world’s problems, not just racism, is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

May Jonathan be blessed with many years of serving humanity and his country in whatever way he will be lead in the future. With his faith and belief in America and his fellow countrymen and women, we will most likely hear more about him in the future.

Jonathan, you are NOT STANDING ALONE. There are many who happily stand with you.

Turn on your sound.

The National Anthem is for ALL AMERICANS. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.


Memorial Day Words by Gen. MacArthur…Relevant Today

In 2015, I posted this tribute to those who serve. I think it is good for another year and maybe many more to come….for we must not forget.

On this MEMORIAL DAY,  Boyer Writes honors all those who responded to the call of duty to country and all freedom stands for….especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

After viewing the slide presentation, you may want to look at the different wars throughout history where and when the United States has sent troops to fight.   We are just one country.  Multiply this country and all wars of all countries in the world ….to make us one big, warring globe.

There are reasons, of course.  Some fight for their independence.  Others fight to maintain their freedom.  Many fight to rule over the weak, sick, and impoverished.

There are those who fight and murder in the name of God…religious wars.   Read your history and you will not be surprised for it happened when Muslims fought Christians; Christians fought in the Crusades; nations have tried to rid the world of Jews.

The Holy Scriptures tell us that we will call for “Peace…Peace….but there is no peace…”    Those who make predictions believe that before the coming of Christ to the earth a second time, there will be the greatest of all wars….in the Middle East.   This is not something for optimism.   Nevertheless, we are also told to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”….and the world.   We cannot control governments, groups, or individuals who hate and destroy…but pray we can do.

General MacArthur, the great general of World War II made this statement about war.  

” I pray that an Omnipotent Providence will summon all persons of goodwill to the realization of the utter futility of war. We have known the bitterness of defeat, the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned that there is no turning back. We must preserve in peace, what we won in war. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery has in fact now reached a point that revises the traditional concept of war. War, the most malignant scourge, and greatest sin of mankind, can no longer be controlled, only ABOLISHED! We are in a new era. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable means of settling disputes between nations, Armageddon will be at our door…” 

 

 

A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE   

( Click on arrow; turn on sound and enlarge picture for best viewing.  Music by St. Olaf Choir) Warning: disturbing scenes of war wounded)

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 Choose and click on a war listed to read information.

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President George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II

George H.W. Bush as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

 

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You were a kind and gracious gentleman…a patriot…and our President.

In Honor of President George H.W. Bush 

From Retired Navy Chaplain, William J. Boyer, and his wife, Nancy of Boyer Writes

Slide Presentation: 

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The Christian service of President Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.   (Turn up sound)

 


In Honor of All Veterans

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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE

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Retired Chaplain William Boyer greets Veterans

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Our future veterans show respect and honor

 

This post is in honor of all veterans and their families who have given so much for the country they love, the United States of American.  God Bless You!

Funeral of John McCain, Washington DC, USA - 01 Sep 2018

A Military Honor Guard carries the casket of late Senator John McCain, a  prisoner of war, after a funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.   01 Sep 2018  Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9843284ac)

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VIDEO:   Passengers on an airline witness the bringing home one of our bravest and finest.  Thank you to all USA Veterans, for your service.

IN HONOR OF Green Beret WO1 Shawn Thomas


John McCain

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IN HONOR OF HIS MEMORY and SERVICE

Thank you for your service to the United States of America, Senator McCain

Boyer Writes

In case you missed the ceremony in Arizona, one of the speakers told a story about an incident in the Senator’s 5-year imprisonment in Vietnam:   At one point, John McCain was being tortured for hours with his hands tied tightly behind his back.  Left there to linger, a guard walked in late in the evening and loosened the ropes.  At about 4 am, the same guard returned and tightened them again.  Most likely so that it would not be known what he had done earlier.  Later, McCain saw the same man and recognized him.  This guard walked over to the sand…and with his foot drew a cross for McCain to see.  He smoothed over the sand and walked away.” 

  God never leaves us even in the worst of places.

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Mrs. McCain and the Secretary of Defense at the Vietnam Memorial

Funeral of John McCain, Washington DC, USA - 01 Sep 2018

 

 


Gold Star Wife Releases Phone Call from her U.S. President

gold starPerhaps we should all take a deep breath and listen to the real words of our President.  What a wonderful family this is, who has lost so much.  Natasha De Alencar’s husband of 15 years, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, was killed in Afghanistan in April during a firefight with jihadis from the Islamic State. He was a member of the 7th Special Forces Group. She felt it was important to release this phone call.

Respectful words from both sides of the phone…as it should be.    GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY and THEIR WIVES and CHILDREN.

CLICK ON THIS LINK and THEN ON THE PICTURE

 

 


Standing in Honor

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This speaks for itself

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U.S. Gymnastics Team in Rio

President Obama no honor

Surely he was just daydreaming! Do you think?

What does it mean to stand  or place our hand over the heart, with respect, when our National Anthem is played or sung? Perhaps Coach Buzz Williams said it best to his team at Virginia Tech, especially in the light that some, who have been blessed in this country, have chosen not to do so.

HONOR   RESPECT   SACRIFICE

Coach Buzz Williams talks to his Virginia Tech team:     View Video     Turn up sound.


The Heaviness of Commitment

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To those who gave it all for the sake of freedom…You and the heaviness of your commitment is what we honor today.  To those who have been laid to rest…to those who are trying to recover in body and mind…we give you honor.     You, the Veterans, are your brother’s keepers.  Thank you.

Video: Turn on volume


A Sworn Oath….Escort Them Home

Bringing them home

Bringing them home

It is a sworn oath that the military make to bring the fallen home…and according to a passenger,John E. DiScala on Delta flight 2255, they did just this.   What a solemn moment this must have been for all those who were part of the escort.   This is some of what Mr. DiScala had to say about the experience:

“This transcontinental flight turned out to be everything but ordinary. We later learned, when the captain got on the PA system about 45 minutes prior to landing, that we were transporting a fallen soldier. The plane went quiet as he explained that there was a military escort on-board and asked that everyone remain seated for a couple of minutes so the soldiers could get off first. He also warned us not to be alarmed if we see fire trucks since Los Angeles greets their fallen military with a water cannon salute….

I was on the left side of the plane and later realized that the family could be seen off to the right, standing with the United States Army Honor Guard. According to Wikipedia, each military branch has its own honor guard, usually military in nature, and is composed of volunteers who are carefully screened. One of the primary roles for honor guards is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades….

It only got more emotional when I deplaned. There was a large number of passengers, who are normally in a hurry to get home or make a connection, standing by the window to witness something truly moving. To see the Honor Guard and family waiting patiently, while LAX baggage handlers and a military loadmaster removed the flag covered casket first from the cargo hold, was humbling to say the least. I’m not sure if it was the fallen soldier’s mother or wife who I watched slowly walk up to the coffin while a few other family members, wrapped in blankets, stood near with a dozen or so of the Honor Guards standing in salute. As soon as I saw her reach out to put her hand on her baby’s casket, I walked away.”

2 Videos below:

  • The announcement about fallen soldier: (turn on sound)  “When the jet door opened, another military officer addressed the escort who was standing at attention. He then stepped on the plane and told us passengers “I just addressed the escort. It is a sworn oath to bring home, to the family, the fallen.” He paused and then said, “Today you all did that, you are all escorts, escorts of the heart.” And then thanked us for our time and walked off the plane.”

  • The moving video of a tribute to Marine 2nd Lieutenant  James Cathey,  just one of the many fallen.  Perhaps this more perfectly explains what the oath means to the families of the fallen.

Bringing them HOME:

Preparations to bringing the fallen home

Preparations to bringing the fallen home

Helmet, rifle and boots forming a battle cross for a fallen Marine.

Helmet, rifle and boots forming a battle cross for a fallen Marine.

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MEMORIALS of ALL KINDS REQUIRE RESPECT AND HONOR

FT HOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORING THOSE MURDERED

REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE, take a good look at this picture and those participating in this memorial  service.

It was a memorial  for the  American fallen soldiers murdered  at Ft. Hood by a fellow soldier and Muslim extremist.  This service, as in all memorial services,  was a time to show respect and honor. Our symbols and customs  of honor and respect for the fallen, our country, and our flag or national anthem is shown by a salute or a hand over the heart.   Boyer Writes can only say, “Mr. President, we believe you could have done better than this. You were these young  men’s Commander-in-Chief.  Your every move is noticed. The men and families, as well as your country,  deserve your full respect. “

Mourning their loss

Sunset Beach Cape May, NJ, USA Everynight!

Most people have trouble doing something, even religiously, every day…or every week…and especially EVERY NIGHT!?

You are going to meet a man, who has kept his promise to the man who sold him property, and to the service men and women of America who gave so much!   Every night, at sunset…on Sunset Beach…Cape May, NJ…the crowd gathers.   I am sure it goes on whether it rains or if it is cold.  If you were in your 80’s…if I were, I am wondering if the dedication would be so strong.  Take a look for yourself.  It is inspiring.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing this with Boyer Writes.

SUNSET BEACH