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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Fighting Soldiers Men and Women

Updated on July 14, 2019
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Eric Dierker has served our fighting forces for the last 40 years in different capacities. Never a soldier. But providing support.

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Not a soldier but deep respect.
Not a soldier but deep respect. | Source

A Big Old Thanks!

This is a strange service in a certain way. My son asked me to write it. He wanted to think more about our people in service. You see his mom works at the Naval Exchange 32 Street San Diego Fighter Town California. We are in contact every single day with service men and women. My son was required to say thank you to them at the grocery store when he was a little guy. Now he slugs my arm and goes up on his own.

We don’t have much but by golly we have enough. We would not if not for our service men and women. The big old holidays are over. Big fireworks on the fourth. But our flag is still painted on our front door and our front wall. We just toil in the fields of life. I do not even comprehend our servicemen and their strife.

Today at least two workers for our defense will die. Probably more like ten. That brings us to a point of consideration.

They died of heart attacks and bad accidents and cancer and car wrecks. They died like you and me. There are about 16 folk to back up every single combat soldier. Just grunts like you and me. Are they not heroes?

I just hang out and write and then work outside and work some more. Our soldiers crawl under heavy machinery every day and every night and risk life and limb under the carriage of a tank. No silver wings upon their chest yet these are some of America’s best. Night and day they run to risk and yet we do not hear of their heroism.

Do not send me into the field without a battle worthy tank, tractor of other vehicle. Do not hold my armament and not have me prepared to do battle. A rifle is part of a soldier, but the other is part of a woman mechanic miles away. One mess up could cost a life or more. Grease stained or computer monitor blind and these are folks never left behind. Each soldier in the field is only successful if proper equipment he can yield.

She gets up at the crack of dawn and works her butt off to secure proper gear for those who battle. I wonder who is most important when sabers rattle. A quick and sharpened blade is not by soldier made. Another’s work makes the extreme plow and spade.

Thank You For Your Strength

Those Who Support

Those who support from home, need our praise.
Those who support from home, need our praise. | Source

Grandpa Thanks For Working Inside That Ship

So we talk about glorious tales of heroism. This is just a humanism. Those who throw away their time to make sure what is yours and mine. These are heroes so fantastic, they prevent what could be drastic.

“I got your back” starts in our home. But these folks whose names we will never know are really our greatest source of freedom. It would seem that a major current of American sentiment would not like anyone to be an American soldier. Well I completely agree. The idea of needing soldiers is repugnant to our human existence. But something in my gut tells me that I do not want to live under North Korean, Iranian or Syrian law. I find something raw and offensive about militarized religious zealots. Cool for 777 years ago maybe, I don’t judge that stuff, but nasty nasty for nowadays. From what I understand Americas fighting force stops that from happening. Maybe it is just the love from Iran and North Korea?

We did the National Guard thing for protesters against a war, and we did it to end segregation. That is above my policy making decisions. I liked that they brought attention to both. So each soldier in duty helps to make a point and we either like or hate that point? But how could we hate the soldier?

Now I was not there but I heard that a few times soldiers returning home were spit on because they had been drafted and served our country. If it is true, I am saddened. By my rules I do not get to judge harshly but just get to lift up others. This thing called love to me is God to me and this thing called God to me is this thing called love. A girl sent into battle should be despised? I cannot wrap my small peanut brain around that idea.

I got this thingy that some call freedom, like my young son and immigrant wife. Don’t quite get where and how it came from but that is cool. But I seem to understand that people fight and die to give that right to me. Like I say; I really do not fully comprehend fighting for peace. If you get it leave me a message. I have to do battle so as not to do battle?

Do Not Tread On Me

The ability to strike fast with fangs.
The ability to strike fast with fangs. | Source

They Serve In Inspiration, Thank You


How do they consider you in a lower income home when you own your home and spend a Saturday at swim class, throwing the football, riding bikes and laughing just plain too hard in the library. My boy and I discussed “meters” today. Metering things like energy usage and water flow. We took some stuff where he made 3.51 dollars in recycling. They weighed and metered that for us. My son said we were the poorest there because we made the least money and we also laughed too hard. We need to get serious or they are going to kick us out of our hood.

I just fell on my butt trying to climb our chimney with a small rope. My neighbor was laughing his butt off. I reckon the poor folk over there are having a bad day. Including our walk I figure we spent a good 3 dollars today. Swim lessons are from uncle who floated next to a boat for two days as a boat person escaping Vietnam. He figures knowing how to swim is good for his grandnephew. I was in a creek before I could walk so I got nothing there.

Here I only really know about shooting guns and hand to hand combat. I cannot imagine shooting a gun at a live target. But I do know how to take out your knee with a clean sweep. I wonder why people learn how to hurt other people but I sleep better at night knowing that an intruder would die quickly in my home. No gun. Close combat is mental. It is not like movies. You hurt them bad and they do not get up.

My sensei and I were sitting on some mats drinking plum wine and we concluded at the sunset on this beach on Coronado Island that we should never attack those in front of us but always protect those in back of us. A dichotomy of war? We shrugged and decided the Navy Seal base at our left would better know. More plum wine. We practiced the art of battle. And yet we did not. Down at the base they did. We sent our best intentions their way and gave thanks for their service. Folks do not generally know but those of us who practice deep breathing stuff help those who need to conserve air, underwater techniques. Crazy it is that we yoga types help soldiers do better.

And so we allow the night air to creep in as my boy and I hang out outside in front. A car coming by is a concern for him with the football and bike. Only six miles away men train to die to protect that. I got no answers, only gratitude.

A special shout out to the SRD. A unit out of Australia. And some folks out of the Seals at Coronado CA. Thanks for saving my bacon. Nuf said.

I Loved Being A Color Guard, Thank You Scouts


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill,

      Those who serve are those that keep our way of life safe. Bless you for your service in doing such.

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      William Kovacic 

      4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      What a beautiful tribute to our heroes, whoever they may be. I'm thinking, too, gratitude is enough. Nuts with it making sense. Thank you, Eric, for this piece.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I looked for a public pool to go to and thought "what am I doing?" We went to a bay. And it was great. My son asked "what is that down there?" "Son that is where the Navy Seals train at South Coronado". Wow! Really?! "Yes Son We will go there some day but you are not ready yet." And up the coast his mom got her "permanent" Status working for the USN. We live it and breath it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, I love the way you put this all together. The rhyming is so good and your thoughts are top-notch. God Bless America and all the fighting warriors who put their life on the line for you and me..

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nice Kenya but do not us my articles to advertise. You do a special disservice to others.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I was just working in the garden. It hit me hard that this freedom has a cost. My wife who was hidden from conquering soldiers during the end of a war. Laughed at my endeavor. And we laughed together that I was free to mess up my garden. Our fathers served and served hard. Thanks to them and to you for seeing it through.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am glad you wrote this Eric. While we are grateful to our servicemen, we have not done much to help them when they come back. It is sad to see them grapple with what they have gone through. I understand this a little bit as my father fought in WW2. He adjusted well after that as there were so many of them and our whole country suffered the devastation. Today, when the soldiers come back, it's a different story.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I ran into that guy while my feet were trekking and my head was some place just this side of Mars. And she was going after a bird. We nearly scared each other to death.

      My dad was a doctor during WWII. The human cost he must of seen. And as tough but gentle as a man could be. It is above my capacity to understand. Thanks for bringing joy into the lives of Veterans.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora. My wife is a Tax Pro for H&R Block during the season. She has specialties in Military and Clergy. (A service person from Indiana, stationed Texas and being overseas has a complex deal) She believes if we pay a bit more, they are taken better care of so she does.

      It reminds me that even you and I support their care every working day.

      It goes that far back.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela that was just a horrible thing that happened. And you are just what we are talking about. That support from home. Understanding of trauma either on the field of battle or the psyche upon return. Probably you saved his life.

      I believe it is understood that over ten Veterans commit suicide per day. Let us assume close to that. That means we have lost well over 5 times more at home than in total in battle in Afghanistan.

      Thank you for your service protecting.

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      5 weeks ago from USA

      I value those who have served in various capacities. My parents met while working at a military base, my father a volunteer soldier and my mother a civilian employee. Among several vets of the Vietnam Era have been my father, several of his brothers, and my (step)grandfather, who retired from the Army. My grandfather was a man of few words, but he loved animals and kids. He didn't have any kids of his own per se, but we considered him true family. He married a woman with six children. (Who does that?) My dad gave his eulogy several years ago and even members of the honor guard had tears.

      That's a stand-back snake photo. Yikes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I join you in appreciation and support of these heroes, who sacrifice for others when all they know about them is that they are fellow countrymen. Thanks for highlighting their significance in our lives.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I definitely appreciate those that served. My husband spent almost 2 years in Vietnam. When he came home injured, on crutches getting off the plane with his jaw wired shut and many of his teeth knocked out, he was spit on by protestors. It is a horrible memory for him, as there was a draft at that time, so you either signed up or got drafted at that time. I enjoyed your article and hardly agree.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda my son just mastered chop sticks. A little strange with a four finger approach but we do not judge. Food is fun to eat with ethnic utensils. Mariachi music is blaring two doors down. And you can smell the carnitas.

      Thanks to your peoples who gave us this right to eat and party as we please. Fried Ice Cream later for desert.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, my dad was crippled and legally blind without cokebottle eyeglasses so he was not able to serve during WWII, but my husband is a Vietnam era veteran and I have great nephews who are now serving their country, one in special ops.

      They were and are brave beyond my imagining. And thank you for remembering the support staff--they are all important, each piece a part of the whole and none lesser or greater than the others.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Peggy we are going to get going and enjoy our freedom, hard fought and saved by your family. When you have a wife immigrated from a communist country, seems like every day is independence day.

      (oops I spoke to soon, I am being ordered about like a private - LoL)

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia I decided on this day to take special care to point out the sacrifice to my young son. The parties and celebrations kind of get things lost. My grandpa said that "the finest sailors were those with someone to come home to." Thank God he came home to mom and grandma.

      We live down here desert way so we are just rallying after siesta.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Both of my grandfathers, as well as my dad, and both of my brothers all wore the uniform of our country. We should always be grateful for the sacrifices of those who serve. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      “I got your back” starts in our home. But these folks whose names we will never know are really our greatest source of freedom."So very much agree. My Father who died many years ago served in multiple wars. He was proud to wear his uniform and was proud do be a member of the local Veterans of WWII chapter in our area of Florida. So much of what you stated are views that he believed.

      Hoping today was a great day for you and yours. Angles are on the way this evening ps

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your words are kind Louise. This one was a bit of a hard write. That could be strange. I wonder why. Gratitude seems so right. Maybe some wiring needs to be fixed upstairs. I will talk to the Grand electrician about it.

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      Louise Powles 

      5 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankyou for another lovely sermon, Eric. I always enjoy reading them.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill our blessings from our father's and mothers sometimes seem too many to count. Hey it is Sunday, I am stacking bricks and digging for my next planting whoohoo, have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I've been watching Ken Burns documentary on WW2. I have no words. None.Speechless. I've got it made, buddy,compared to those folks back then,and I've got it made today because of folks like them....nut said!


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