The Soldier on Crutches

On November 11, 2014, in America, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, Liberty, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of eleventh month in 1918, “the war to end all wars,” as it was touted, ended. The Great War—World War I—was the first modern war and ushered in a century of warfare that left in its wake unimaginable death, destruction, and disabilities. World War I itself took […]

A Veterans Day Prayer

On November 11, 2013, in America, Freedom, Heroes, Liberty, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, by Derrick G. Jeter

For those who wore the uniform of our nation, and wear it still; for those who stood on lonely battlements, and stand it still; for those who braved the wrath of our enemies, and brave it still; for those who fought for freedom, and fight for it still; for those who sacrificed for their country, […]

When I See a Flag-Draped Box of Wood

On May 27, 2013, in America, Freedom, Heroes, Liberty, Marine Corps, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

When I see a flag-draped box of wood I remember all the brave ones who stood guarding a lonely sentry post, guarding what we love the most. That’s what I remember when I see a flag-draped box of wood.   When I see a flag folded in three I remember, Americans died for me. Some […]

A Prayer for the Dead at Iwo Jima

On February 23, 2013, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Marine Corps, Patriotism, Prayer, Rhetoric, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue. These words, inscribed on the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, spoken by Admiral Chester Nimitz, capture the spirit of the Corps. But the prayer of Rabbi Roland Bertram Gittelsohn captures the heartache and dreams of the Corps. Gittelsohn was a navy chaplain who landed with the 5th Marine Division […]

A Bible Tweet from a Twit

On February 6, 2013, in America, Bible, Death, Guns, Heroes, Jesus Christ, Politics, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Twitter and Facebook aren’t good places for meaningful discussion, especially about important matters. This truth was apparently lost on Ron Paul and/or the staff who compose his tweets and status updates. The recent murders of Navy SEAL sniper and American hero, Chris Kyle and his friend Chad […]

A Memorial Day Prophecy and Prayer

On May 28, 2012, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

America is still at war. Iraq and Afghanistan, drawn down and drawn out, continues to bleed our county of her most precious treasure—her sons and daughters. On this Memorial Day let us not forget all those who have died in America’s wars and pray that this prophecy might soon come to a pass. Prophecy We […]

2011 in Review

Bowing to the year in review tradition, I offer my top ten articles for 2011. These aren’t necessarily the most popular essays or the ones that received the most comments. Rather, these articles are the ones that dealt with important events or I just had a special affinity towards. I hope you’ll give them a […]

“After You,” Weldon: A Veterans Day Tribute

On November 11, 2011, in America, Courage, Family, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

He was a big man from a small fart of a town in North Texas, misnamed Royce City. It was more Royce—one of those names of yesteryear given to good and sturdy farm boys—than it was city, especially in the 1940s. But for James Weldon Mellody, Royce City was the most appropriate place in the […]

Where Death Ends and Liberty Begins: Memorial Day 2011

On May 30, 2011, in America, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, History, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Above the Common in Boston, across the street from the capitol, a life sized relief—men memorialized—stands in silent vigil. It is not, as one might think, a statue of a Minuteman or one of Massachusetts’s heroic signers of the Declaration. It is a memorial to men who didn’t fully know independence but who gave their […]

The Outsiders: Heroes in Our Midst

On November 11, 2010, in Character, Courage, Heroes, Soldiers, Veterans, by Derrick G. Jeter

Note: One of my most popular articles was a piece I wrote a few years back titled, “The Importance of Heroes.” I’ve been pondering the subject of heroes and heroism a lot, and I think Veterans Day is an appropriate occasion to share some of those thoughts about the heroes who live in our midst […]