Quotes from War Issues

December, 1941

“Whether you be a young man or woman at home, moving about in troublous times, in a world of unrest and confusion, full of doubts and fears; or whether you are a soldier in the training camp threatened with the possibility of being called to the field of battle, the Peace of the Prince of Peace is your only vanguard.”    Editorials—Rev. C. Hanko

January, 1942

“….a new year which finds both hemispheres engaged in a bloody business of warfare; hearts of parents bleeding at the departure of their sons, sturdy young men in the prime of their lives called to hold a rendezvous with death….  There is one ray of hope shining through all the dark and weary night.”    Editorials—Rev. C. Hanko


January 1942

“How much damage was actually done at Pearl Harbor in this surprise attack is at present not fully known.”   Our Day—P. Zuidema

February, 1942

Beacon Lights now has 479 subscribers!!!!”    Fireside Chats—A. R.

March 1942

“War is a grim business….We hope you are enjoying the Beacon Lights that are being sent to you and especially the pages set aside for your benefit…let us hear from you!”  An Open Letter—Rev. C. Hanko

March, 1942

“How are you…..?  Now that I have a real taste of what it is like to be away from home and in the army, I prefer home…..Tomorrow I start drilling and learn how to use my gas mask….I’d write more about the camp, but all such news is censored.”   Letter—Pvt. S. H. Van Weelden

May, 1942

Beacon Lights now has 502 subscribers and has crossed the boundary lines of 10 states in the Union.  Besides this, we have 27 soldiers on our mailing list, who are stationed in all parts of the country.”   News Flashes—A. R.

November 1942

“This year, the Executive Board is making it a Federation project to send Beacon Lights, free of charge to all our Boys who have been called to the Colors.”    Editor’s Desk

December 1942

“But, you ask, are there no exceptions to the rule that war marriages should be avoided?  No doubt, each case stands or falls on its own merit and must be judged individually.  Yet it is equally certain that any young couple must have an absolutely air-tight case, especially in times like these, to escape the maxim, ‘marry in haste and repent in leisure’.”   Editorials—Rev. C. Hanko

December, 1942

“….I think the societies are doing a wonderful job in writing to us…it cheers a fellow up…you should see the faces brighten when we have mail call…the people here in Australia are about like the folks at home.”    Letter—Corp. T. Henry Koster

December 1942

“I receive my first copy of Beacon Lights yesterday and read it through immediately….It made me a little homesick while I was reading about the activities of the different societies.  It seems as though one never appreciates what he has till he loses it.”    Letter—Cornie Nobel

January, 1943

“Our Prot. Ref. Churches now have 111 boys in service, 61 of these young men are from our Fuller Ave. Church.”   Editor’s Desk—A. R.

February, 1943

“….Then as I look out of my window tonight over the plains, wondering where you are, and I see the silvery moon and twinkling stars illuminating the entire plain, I know they also shine on you and it gives me peace; for so, too, the same God that watches over us a home watches over you somewhere….over there.”   Letter—Rev. A. Cammenga

February, 1943

“132 young men in service!  20 are overseas; 3 in Hawaii, the others are scattered over 28 different States.”   Editor’s Desk—A. R.

March, 1943

“No one thought when our paper first came into existence that it would be called upon so soon to serve a double purpose, one for the societies at home, and another for our boys in the armed forces.”   Editorials—Rev. C. Hanko

March, 1943

“I enjoy the Beacon Lights very much…I read your editorials in the December issue and got a lot out of them….There are times when a fellow has the blues…..”   Letter—Robert Kelderman

April, 1943

“This is the first spring in World War II that the Allies are holding the initiative and choosing the battlefield instead of awaiting with fear and trembling the next blow of the enemy.”   Current Events—Rev. H. De Wolf

August, 1943

“We now have 212 servicemen receiving Beacon Lights each month; 63 are overseas.”   “This past year we brought our mailing list up to 700!”   Ed. Desk—A. R.

August, 1943

“….War is no fun.  Still we as God’s children know there is but One who directs all shells that burst and bullets that whistle through the air….”   Letter—Johnny Kimm

February, 1944

“….And suddenly I felt that letter writing, though we may be thankful for its possibility, is but a poor means to abridge this distance in experience and I wished I could visit you all for a while, and talk to you face to face….”   Letter—Rev. H. Hoeksema

March, 1944

“….Approximately 250 Servicemen are receiving Beacon Lights each month…”  Editor’s Desk—A. R.

June, 1944

“….What should be OUR prayer on D-Day?….June 6….give us a part in that Eternal Kingdom of Peace.”   Article—Rev. L. Vermeer

June 1944

“131 boys with A.P.O.  addresses!”   Editor’s Desk—A. R.

August, 1944

“….wounded—Marine Pvt. Charles Sikkema, Pfc. Bernard Miedema!  Prisoner—Sgt. Charles De Jong!  Missing in Action—Lt. Lawrence Kooima!

“….Killed—Pfc. Bernard Holstege! June 9….Died—Sgt. Howard Van Solkema, July 11….Killed—Pvt. John M. Swart, July 13….”  In Memoriam

October, 1944

“300 Copies….being mailed to men and women in Service, in the States and Overseas.”

“Wounded—Pvt. Sybrant J. Schaafsma, Pvt. Andrew Voss….”

December, 1944

“Missing in Action—Pfc. Bernard J. Miedema.  Died—Pfc. Ben Weessies, Nov. 5…”

January, 1945

“Wounded in Action—Andrew Vanden Top….Sgt. Arthur Kerkstra….Sgt. William VandenTop.

March, 1945

“….The Allies now have the initiative and are on the move….First and ninth armies have started the offensive toward the Rhine….Fate of Germany….decided in this battle…”   Current Events—J. Boelema

May, 1945

“San Francisco is the place where ‘The United Nations Conference on International Organization’ is being held.  This meeting takes the news today….Germany in her death throes.”    Current Events—J. Boelema

October, 1945

“Lt. Maurice Herrick—killed…. Pfc. Gerrit J. Vis—killed.  In Memoriam”

November, 1945

“It requires but little imagination to surmise that the end of the war caused a momentous change in your daily life.”   Letter—Rev. H. Hoeksema

October, 1946

“A word of welcome was first of all addressed to our veterans….”  Convention Speech—Rev. J. De Jong