In this week’s Veterans Day Chapel, Dr. Brian Bohlman (Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Georgia Air National Guard) shares four characteristics of our military veterans to honor the past and present members of our Armed Forces who have sacrificed so much.
Discussion Questions from Chaplain Brian Bohlman:
When World War I ended on November 11, 1918, the day was declared Armistice Day and celebrated throughout the world each year. However, in the United States in the 1950s, there was a push to have this day renamed Veterans Day in honor of all who served in the nation’s armed services throughout history. This day is the designated holiday to honor all veterans (living or deceased) of the United States military.
- When you think about U.S. military veterans, what do the words ‘’service” and “sacrifice” mean to you? In what ways have our military veterans served and sacrificed for others?
- How have you personally been impacted by someone’s service in the military? Feel free to share a personal story. What does the Bible say about serving others?
- What do you think about how service members have been treated and perceived throughout our country’s history? What do you think about this?
- Name some reasons why Christians should consider military service as a high and honorable calling from God. Note: For any student who wants to learn more, this topic was discussed in detail on the Officer’s Christian Fellowship podcast: https://www.ocfusa.org/2009/06/christian-serve-military-2/.
- Discuss some of the unique challenges that military veterans face in society today. Name some contributions that military veterans have made during their service to our nation and the world at large.
- What are some ways that churches can minister to veterans and current service members? Note: For more info, see article for 12 practical ways churches can minister to those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: https://www.namb.net/news/12-ways-churches-can-minister-to-veterans-and-soldiers/.