November 22, 2013 Leave a comment
November 22, 2013 Leave a comment
It was my hope not to write this article yet sometimes unless a thing is brought to the eye of the public important issues are quickly brushed to the side as though they were mere flies on a hot Summer’s day. My experience with several Subway stores was less than honorable on Veteran’s Day. Because of that I though it reasonable to send a nice professional letter to Subway via their website. Well, you don’t know the story so let me explain.
I joined the United States Marine Corps as a young man. At the age of eighteen I entered boot camp on Parris Island. I was honored to do what I did and would do it again today. I served honorably and was discharged as such. With that I mind I thought I would enjoy some Veteran’s Day festivities in the Baltimore area. So first grabbed my Starbucks coffee cup and laptop and headed for a local Starbucks where I enjoyed the promised free cup of coffee while doing some light work on my computer. After finishing the enjoyable cup of joe I returned my cup and laptop to the house and ventured to the Washington Monument area to watch the parade honoring veterans.
Following the parade I found myself near the War Memorial where speeches were made in respect to the occasion. By this time I sensed a slight hunger so I thought I would take Subway up on their word of a free six inch sandwich. I journeyed a couple blocks away to the Lexington Street Subway. I was denied the sandwich. Somewhat disappointed I would not be deterred so I walked to the VA Medical Center which is adjoined to the University of Maryland Hospital. The VA hospital was all but dead. However the University of Maryland was its usual bustling self. Now, inside the food court of the University of Maryland is a Subway store. I was denied the sandwich a second time.
It was widely reported that veterans would be entitled to a free six inch sandwich from Subway. So far I was denied twice. The denial caused my curiosity to rise as to the matter as related to the promise made by the cooperate office of Subway. So I thought I would take a little more time to determine if any Subway location would honour the promise made. Subsequently I visited eight Subway stores in the downtown Baltimore area. Not one of them honored the promise made by Subway Corporate office. So, I thought I would contact Subway and did so via their website. To date the only response I received is the following:
Dear William ,
Thank you for contacting SUBWAY® Restaurants. Your feedback is important
to the SUBWAY® brand and your recent inquiry has been forwarded to the
appropriate areas for further review.
Note: This e-mail message is automatically generated as part of our automated e-mail system. Please do not reply to this e-mail address as this mailbox account is not monitored.
Now, subway did not have to offer veterans the sandwich. Additionally, I would not normally go seeking free things from anyone. However I thought since the promise was made I would take advantage of the gift in honour of those of us that served this nation by defending it in arms. Promises are promises and should be kept no matter what. To that end I say shame Subway for making me feel like a common beggar of alms when all I was doing was seeking what was promised to me without solicitation. Shame on Subway!
November 19, 2013 4 Comments
Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words "under God" from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.
Burns had filmed all living presidents as well as various Hollywood personalities and luminaries to pay homage to the speech which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, today.
November 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Executive Mansion, Washington, , 186 . Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal” Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow, this ground– The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here. It is rather for us, the living, to stand here, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, 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.
November 15, 2013 2 Comments
A former co-worker reminded me of this song. I had to share because I find in it the heart of the Gospel.
November 13, 2013 3 Comments
I should say at the forefront that this post forces me into certain transparency that I normally do not present. Yet I find it necessary to encourage many that find themselves fighting discouragement and dismay during this upcoming holiday season and other times throughout the year. There are many heavy hearts out there and many that are not certain if they should stay in the fight. I argue that those who are heavy hearted need not only stay in the fight but also fight a bit harder.
Sometimes I reflect to November of 1981. I was a young Marine and not long graduated from Admin School. I was assigned to 3rd Recon in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. My plans for Thanksgiving were to go to church but my supervisors thought otherwise. Being of low rank and the newest member of the unit I was assigned the “duty” for the weekend. It was the first time that I was to celebrate with an M16 strapped across my shoulders while I donned my freshly pressed camouflage uniform. It was all I could do to keep back the tears welling up. I had to stand post and nothing was to change that. So, I kept post. It was just me and an occasional Marine passing by. The hurt and pain seemed insurmountable but I was not allowed to give up. I was not allowed to give in. I had a job to do so I remained and did what was required of me.
The interesting thing is that there came a time when that duty was over. I was no longer to stand that post. Yes, I have had other duties since but never again did I have duty on Thanksgiving Day. The occasion of loneliness also subsided for a time. The sorrow did not last. With this I can say boldly that those of you that may be feeling loneliness and despair that this too will pass. Do not let the occasion of temporary setbacks set the stage for the rest of your life. Jesus has promised that He will be with us that serve Him and that promise has continued from the time He spoke it until now. So, be of good courage! God has not forgotten you and will reward you for your faithfulness.
Regrettably that was not the last time I would be overtaken with loneliness, hurt and pain. You see, I married the wife of my youth and had every intention of being married to her until the end of my life. Unfortunately the woman I adored did not feel the same way. Many things transpired that I still do not understand. Even worse my thirteen year marriage was deemed over after a twenty minute hearing by a judge in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The divorce was unwanted and undeserved yet I was caught in the middle of troubles, hurt and pain that I did not seek. In fact I fought with everything I had to dispel the overtures of our enemy. Alas, my fight was not enough. Even so, God has been good to me in that I have grown in ways that I cannot articulate in this missive.
My point is that I know that many are going through trouble not of their making. Many of you look around your homes and see no one there. The phone does not ring and no one knocks on the door unless you are needed for something. I also know what is like not to watch certain movies because they cause tears to stream down because of the desire to have someone but there is no one. There is no one to talk with and to play with. There is no point in buying a lot of food; it will only go to waste. Going to the movie theatre is just another reminder that you are alone and it is the same reason that restaurants are avoided; it is just too painful to be surrounded by people who are loved by someone and you sit alone.
Be of good cheer my brother. Be of good cheer my sister. God has not forgotten you and he sees you crying in the midnight hour. He knows that you have need of someone in your life and has someone out there just for you. However that person is still being prepared for you and you are being prepared for that person. Meanwhile, keep doing a good work. Hold on to the faith that has brought you to this point. Trust God with your whole heart and lean not to your own understanding.
When the fullness of time has come God will bless you in such a way that you will know that it was no one but God. People will call you blessed because you will be blessed. No, don’t you dare bring harm to yourself. Trust God and hold on to His promise to never leave you nor forsake you. You are not forgotten and you are very much loved. Just stay the course and be of good courage.