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Summary: We remember where we were during significant times in the history of our country. But a better question is where will you be?

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There have been many great and significant events in the history of these United States of America. Many people remember just where they were when they heard the news of such events for the first time. When remembering significant things that have happened in our country invariably people will ask the question, “Where were you?” when this particular event happened. Forever ingrained in our memories is where we were or what we were doing when particular events have taken place or we received the news of such things for the first time.

I can remember hearing my dad talk of the time after the December 7th, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor how his family was gathered around the radio listening to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt declare war on Japan in 1941. If I remember correctly the FDR said I don’t want war. Eleanor don’t want war. Fifi don’t want war. But these United States of America declare war on Japan.

That memory will always be in his mind and he will always remember where he was and what he was doing on that day. Some of you may remember that day as well. Where were you?

Friday, November 22, 1963 started out just like any other day in history and yet every one of you that was alive at that time will probably remember that day very vividly in your minds. It was the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. No doubt you remember just where you were and what you were doing when you heard the tragic news for the first time on that day. It will forever be in your memory.

Where were you?

Perhaps you remember hearing the news of the first man walking on the moon – Neil Armstrong.

Maybe you remember hearing the news of the death of a certain music legend by the name of Elvis Pressley.

Where were you?

In 1981 on March 30th I can remember sitting in front of the family radio all day long. It was the day that there was an attempted assassination on President Ronald Reagan. We lived at 185 Birchwood Street and all day until the evening I was there in front of the radio listening to the reports that came in.

Where were you?

In 1986 I can remember hearing that the space shuttle Challenger had exploded upon takeoff. I guess I remember that day so well because I was skipping school and I was sitting in the parking lot of Bradlees listening to the broadcast of the takeoff of the space shuttle. It was the one where teachers were on the mission. I can remember just sitting there in disbelief listening to the news.

Where were you?

Several years ago now in the month of August I can remember being in Buffalo New York at a family reunion and I was standing outside of the hotel Super 8 and hearing the news of Princess Di being in a crash and dying.

Where were you?

Just over the past few days starting on September 11th 2001, our country has faced some incredible tragedies. Forever in my mind will be the images that I have seen starting on that day. I will remember just where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news for the first time.

Today our country stands on the very threshold of war. It could be that this event will trigger the beginning of a war that the Bible says must happen before the end of time. And so with that in mind I would like to ask you another question this morning and that is – NOT “Where were you?” But, “Where will you be?”


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