I grew up on army military bases, namely Fort Riley, Kansas, located in the heart of United States of America. My childhood was filled with cannon explosions, military salutes, standing for the National Anthem before every movie and watching the raising of the flag each morning and the folding of it each evening. We were a unique community of national pride, military tradition and ethnic diversity.
What I admire most of my upbringing is the ethnic diversity. My best friends were white, black, hispanic, native american and asian and a mixture of two or more races. I loved it. None of us were the same, but we were all united as American citizens. Memories of my friendships of all shades of skin shine on the truth that we are all God’s Children, created in His image.
So this Veterans day, I want to honor all military vets, especially my father, Mike Reninger, who dedicated his life to the army. I also want to honor the diversity of our great country, USA. No military or nation across the world and history has the beauty of all God’s people chosen and united as one people under God.