The duties of the Chaplain are to pronounce the invocation and the benediction at Legion meetings, as well as perform such other acts as would fall within the realm of his/her office as the spiritual leader. They should conduct the memorial service when such is needed.
As the Legion is composed of men and women of different creeds and faiths, the Chaplain must be a person of tolerance and sympathy toward all.
Chaplain Post 291, Ken Wilson (949) 230-2826
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Chaplain’s Corner Post 291
We have heard the statement, “April showers bring May flowers!” In sunny California we tend to not have April showers but somehow we still have May flowers. Nature cannot be stopped recreating itself throughout the seasons. It is a form of life, death and resurrection in each season that passes.
When I lived in Sonoma California for a brief 2 years, I experienced 4 seasons unlike my experience in Southern California. It was refreshing and exciting for me.
May, not only brings us May flowers to remind us new life breaking into our lives, it is also a time to remember and celebrate special days i.e. Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Ascension Day and Memorial Day. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the liberation of Mexico from French Empire. In California we like to party and thus adopted this day of celebration.
Thinking about Mother’s Day, I like what Dave Chappelle said about “every human being comes into to this world through a mother.” He said it a little differently but you get the point. Without mothers giving birth, there is no life to pass on. Even Jesus Christ had to enter this world through a women’s womb. In Andrew Klavan’s book, The Truth and Beauty, he quotes Willian Wordsworth from his poem Prelude, “…Wordsworth said, in his first experience of love, when his soul “drinks in the feelings of his Mother’s eye!” (page 175)
Ascension Day speaks for itself. The scriptures in Acts 1:9 “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”
Memorial Day is a very sacred day for USA. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States reserved as a day of remembrance for those American Service Members who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in service to our country. We may each know someone, whether a direct family member or a friend that has lost someone in service to our country.
“Freedom is never free!” “Ronald Reagan’s famous inaugural address as California’s 33rd governor. In it, Reagan warned: “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”
Take a few moments this month and remember how grateful we are for the gift of life and freedom we have by living in this this special country.
For God and Country, Chaplain Ken Wilson
Ken Wilson, Chaplain
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