Honoring Our Heroes and Gold Star
It's Memorial Day, which means we remember the fallen heroes of our great land.
On Memorial Day, it's not too late
to take time to reflect and honor those gave their lives so that we may live and live in freedom.
|A poignant song for Memorial Day is "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
reminds us that evil never wins. God's truth is marching on! Here's a video of one of our TV appearances, which we dedicate
to veterans, fallen heroes, and Gold Star families: |
-Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth
We're speechless. It's so powerful no one can fully grasp what that really means. We enjoy freedom because they shed their
blood for us.
When we share on media to help veterans and their families, we always try to share the powerful quote
from John 15:13 which says, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
On another note, many of our heroes exemplify the trait of being humble: They don't
think they deserve a lot of attention. Yet this only verifies that they deserve the attention. Many living heroes
state simply that the ones who didn't come back are the real heroes. We agree, but with one revision: The ones who came back
are heroes, too. We believe that their fallen comrades would want them to be thanked, too.
the fallen heroes and the heroic families who also incalculably sacrificed. To our Gold Star families, we have a message from
our hearts: We honor your fallen heroes and we honor you, our Gold Star families, this Memorial Day. We do not forget
what your son, daughter, mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, uncle, aunt, brother, and sister did. No words express how we feel. We
honor your loved ones who gave all, and we honor you, too, because you still feel the pain of the sacrifice. You are loved.
Your fallen heroes are not forgotten. We honor them today. May our Lord Jesus give you comfort, love, and hope on this day.
God bless you always,
Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting
Sisters and founders of Unite the USA
Month's Bible Verse
Operation Honor Heroes
On Memorial Day, many people receive a huge
reality check: Heroes do pass away, and we do need to honor them. Today. Right now.
Our national effort, Operation
Honor Heroes, makes it easy to give tribute where tribute is due. Military families can send in pictures of their relatives
who have served (both past and present). We will post the pictures online with the name, rank, and branch. That way, thousands
of Americans will have the opportunity to thank our heroes! Operation Military ChristmasClick here to see our tribute to veterans page.
Veterans are America's stars who have more than earned
their stripes. We are on a mission to urge Americans to honor and thank our heroes.Thank you for joining in our passion to
give heroes the honor, respect, love, and attention they more than deserve!
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
Sisters and Founders of Unite the USA
would appreciate the opportunity to honor your loved ones who have served. We will post a picture and accompanying information
on our web site and social media. Thank you so much!
a picture of your loved one who served to email@example.com.
your loved one's name, military branch, rank, and years of service.
3. Let us know if you would
like other key information shared as well.
| Remembering G.I. Joe and Lillie|
This Memorial Day we wish to honor and remember the lives of Joe and Lillie Bonsall. Their powerful story is beautifully
portrayed by their son, Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys. In his poignant book and song called "G.I. Joe and Lillie,"
Joe shared how both of his parents served our country during WWII. Their strength, profound courage, love for God, America,
and each other has impacted our lives. God bless their memory and their special family. We encourage you to get a copy of
G.I. Joe and Lillie
. You will be moved...
Bonsall pays tribute to his parents:
G.I. Joe and Lillie.
"All of us lead busy lives. We have little time to pause
and reflect. But I ask of you: Do not hasten through Memorial Day.Take the time to remember the good souls
whose memories are a blessing to you and your family.Take your children to our memorial parks and monuments. Teach them the
values that lend meaning to our lives and to the life of our nation. Above all, take the time to honor our
fellow Americans who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country and for the freedoms we cherish."
-General Colin Powell
(Retired Four-Star General of the U.S. Army and former Secretary of State)
"Freedom Is Not Bought Cheaply"
By Dr. Jerry Newcombe
Freedom, of course, is not free. It has been bought and paid for. The freedoms we enjoy in America are ours because of those
who laid down their lives in service to our country. With another Memorial Day upon us, it's good to be reminded of the debt
we owe to their sacrifice.
On Memorial Day 1982 at Arlington National
Cemetery, Ronald Reagan said of those who died in service of our country: "Our first obligation to them and ourselves
is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper.
Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate
were willing to sacrifice, so too must we-in a less final, less heroic way-be willing to give of ourselves."
Frequent, "Taps" is performed by a bugler during these Memorial Day services---often
bringing a lump to the throat. There are slight variations on the words to "Taps," but they all tend to end with
the phrase "God is nigh," that is, God is near.
Here's a common rendition of the words for "Taps":
"Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the lake, From
From the sky.
is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh."
Perhaps, as the influence of Christianity has waned in the culture,
so has the commitment to patriotism. Consider some remarks from our nation's founding.
One of our country's great founding fathers was Rev. John Witherspoon,
the president of Princeton, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Witherspoon said in a sermon, "The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men" (May 17, 1776): "It
is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the
invincible soldier. God, grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts
to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both."
General George Washington, then the head of our armed forces,
made a similar remark---and this was to his troops during the terrible winter at Valley Forge: "To the distinguished
character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian."
In 1941, when FDR was president,
he had a special edition of the New Testament issued to the military, by the Gideons. My dad, who served in the Navy, got
one. I got to keep it after he died.
President Roosevelt wrote these words in the preface to that edition: "To the Armed Forces:
As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in
the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred
Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest
aspirations of the human soul."
It's hard to picture such a practice today. Now, we live in what Dr. Richard Land has called "the Divided States
of America." I think that is an apt description. The late Charlton Heston once remarked, "Rank-and-file Americans
wake up every morning, increasingly bewildered and confused at why their views make them lesser citizens."
Yet Reagan once told us, "Our
Nation's motto - 'In God We Trust' - was not chosen lightly. It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority
in the universe to which this nation owes homage. Throughout our history, Americans have put their faith in God, and no one
can doubt that we have been blessed for it."
This Memorial Day, we should, if nothing else, thank the Lord for those who laid their lives on the
line for us. We enjoy the freedom we enjoy because they shed their blood for us---reminiscent of the freedom the Christian
enjoys because the Savior shed His blood for us at Calvary.
I like what Colin Powell said about this holiday: "All of us lead busy lives. We
have little time to pause and reflect. But I ask of you: Do not hasten through Memorial Day.Take the time
to remember the good souls whose memories are a blessing to you and your family.Take your children to our memorial parks and
monuments. Teach them the values that lend meaning to our lives and to the life of our nation. Above all,
take the time to honor our fellow Americans who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country and for the
freedoms we cherish."
About Jerry Newcombe
Dr. Jerry Newcombe serves as the senior producer and as an on-air host and a columnist for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Jerry
has produced or co-produced more than 60 one hour television specials that have aired nationwide. Jerry is the author or co-author
of twenty-eight books, at least two of which have been bestsellers, George Washington's Sacred Fire (with Dr. Peter
Lillback) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with Dr. Kennedy) . Jerry has also written Doubting Thomas?
The Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (with Mark Beliles). Jerry has appeared on numerous talk shows as a guest, including Politically
Incorrect with Bill Maher (4x), Janet Parshall's America, Point of View, the Moody radio network, TBN, the Fox News Channel,
the Fox Business Channel, C-Span2's "Book Notes," etc. Jerry hosts a weekly radio program called "Vocal Point"
on GraceNetRadio (www.GraceNetRadio.com), which airs four times each day with new interviews added on Thursdays.
Jerry is an associate minister at New Presbyterian Church, Wilton Manors, FL. Jerry is happily married with two children
and two grandchildren. The Newcombes reside in South Florida. Learn more about Dr. Newcombe at www.jerrynewcombe.com.
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