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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"Our Pledge"

martintreptow_02In 1917, Martin Treptow lived in Cherokee, Iowa. He was a barber, a common man.

    In that year 1917, our United States was drawn into a horrible war, World War I and Martin Treptow enlisted.  He was a young man with his whole life in front of him, but he signed up to fight.
    In December of that year, 1917, Private Treptow and his regiment landed in France.  He was a member of the famous “Rainbow Division”. His job was to carry important messages between battalions on the frontline - it was very dangerous - but Martin took on the job.
    The men in Martin's regiment noticed something unusual about Martin – he carried a small notebook, a diary, in his inside pocket.  He never talked about his writings but he was always making notes in his diary.
    Martin Treptow was a good soldier, he did his job well, and on July 29, 1918, while carrying a crucial message between battalions under heavy artillery fire, Martin Treptow, a common man, an Iowa Barber, Private Martin Treptow was killed in battle. 

    When Martin's dead body was found on the battlefield, as they searched through his pockets to find that message he was delivering, instead they found his diary. In that diary there was a message, a message to be delivered to all of in America today. 

                  What was the message?

    At the top of the front page of his diary, it was titled “My Pledge", and under it, these simple, common, powerful words:

“America must win this war.  Therefore
                 I will work,
                 I will save,
                 I will sacrifice,
                 I will endure,
                 I will fight cheerfully,
           and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.” 

    At this crucial time in our America, let us all take serious the consideration of what our own "Pledge" to our America must be.

  May God bless our Vets and protect those serving today!