“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5–6
When Mitchell Paige left home to walk the two–hundred miles to the nearest Marine recruiting station in 1936, his mother packed him a lunch in which she included the note: “Trust in the Lord, son, and He will guide you always.” He said those words remained forever in his mind, and whenever fear would overtake him, he was comforted by them.
Paige said, “I will never forget sitting in a foxhole, bloody, burned, and injured the morning after our all–night, fierce, hand–to–hand battle against an overwhelming Japanese force on Guadalcanal. I was alone except for hundreds of dead bodies of the enemy surrounding me. I emptied my pack looking for something to stop the bleeding from a bayonet wound and out fell my small Bible.
Picking it up in my dirty, bloody hands, I could scarcely believe it when providentially it opened at Proverbs 3 and there were my mother’s words, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
Mitchell was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s most prestigious military honor, for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. He was a true servant and patriot of America … and America is proud to have had hundreds of thousands of valiant solders cut from the same cloth.
We need to be reminded of stories like these to keep this “holiday” in perspective. Many men and women have sacrificed too much serving our country’s armed forces to simply “celebrate” another “long-weekend” without remembering the real reason tomorrow is a special day. o ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S.
Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.