Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
Let's pray: "Lord God, we thank You for our freedom. We pray for the families of fallen heroes. We pray for them to know You and Your comfort in the deepest way. We also pray for the USA, our troops, military chaplains, and our leaders. Lord, we ask for Your mercy for our country. And we thank You for how You, Jesus, died and rose to set us free from the tyranny of sin and death! We welcome You into our hearts and homes. Please comfort all grieving and help us love You and neighbors today. We trust You. Thank you so much for loving us. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
Yes. 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 who gave their lives so that we may live and live in freedom.
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, throughout the year.
Remember 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, cousin, 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,Carrie Stoelting and Stacie (Stoelting) HudzinskiSisters and founders of Unite the USA
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Stories of the Fallen
On February 20, 1942, nine Japanese bombers were on their way to destroy the American aircraft carrier Lexington, but one man stood in the way: Butch O'Hare. He had .50 caliber guns on his aircraft (F4F Wildcat) but only had enough ammunition to last about 34 seconds of firing. If he missed, his aircraft would be destroyed. O'Hare single-handedly shot down five enemy bombers and disabled a sixth. As a result, he saved his ship. It was one of the most daring actions in combat aviation history. O'Hare continued to serve his country until November 1943 when he was killed in action. The O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois is named in his honor.
Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo Jr. near the village of Se San in eastern Cambodia. On May 10, 1970 his unit was ambushed by North Vietnamese forces. Sabo was a rifleman. Sabo charged up from the back, grabbed an enemy grenade and tossed it away. He used his body to shield a fellow soldier. Disregarding his own injuries, he crawled straight toward an enemy bunker, even as the bullets hit the ground all around him. Then, he grabbed a grenade and he pulled the pin. Sabo held the grenade until the last possible moment because he could stop the deadly bunker and save lives -except his own. He knew it would take his own life but that it would save his comrades and that meant more to him.
Megan McClung was commissioned an officer in the Marine Corps in 1995 and she served on active duty until 2004 at which time she entered the Reserves. In 2006, she returned to active duty with the Marines.
In January 2006, McClung was deployed to Iraq as a public affairs officer with the I Marine Expeditionary Force. By June she was promoted to the rank of Major.
By December 2006, Major McClung was in the final month of her year-long deployment and she was serving with the I Marine Expeditionary Force as the Marine Corps head of public affairs for Al Anbar Province, in charge of embedded journalists.
Early in the day on December 6, 2006 she had been accompanying Oliver North with his Fox News camera crew in Ramadi. Later in the day she was escorting Newsweek journalists into downtown Ramadi. Tragically, a massive improvised explosive device (IED) destroyed Major McClung's Humvee. It instantly killing Megan McClung and two other occupants, Army Capt. Travis Patriquin and Army Spec. Vincent Pomante III. (The Newsweek journalists were not wounded.)
Major Megan McClung was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on December 19, 2006.
1. George Sullivan, 27, Gunner's Mate Second Class2. Francis "Frank" Sullivan, 25, Coxswain3. Joseph "Joe" Sullivan, 23, Seaman Second Class4. Madison "Matt" Sullivan, 22, Seaman Second Class5. Albert "Al" Sullivan, 19, Seaman Second Class
The Sullivan brothers were natives of Waterloo, Iowa. They all enlisted on January 3, 1942 with the condition that they serve together. (At the time the Navy had a policy of separating siblings, but the policy was not strictly enforced.)
The Sullivan brothers' motto was, "We stick together." Tragically, all five brothers were killed when their ship the USS Juneau (CL-52) was sunk by a Japanese submarine. The Juneau fought in several naval engagements during the months-long Battle of Guadalcanal. However, on November 13, 1942 the carrier was hit by a torpedo and had to withdraw. As it was leaving the Solomon Islands' area later that day, the Juneau was struck again. This time, it was hit from a torpedo by Japanese submarine I-26. The Juneau quickly sank. Rescue efforts were delayed due the Japanese continued presence in the area. Eight days later ten survivors were retrieved from the water.
The survivors reported that Frank, Joe, and Matt Sullivan were killed instantly. Al drowned the following day and George lived for four or five days.
The death of the five Sullivan brothers was so horrible it forced the U.S. War Department to adopt "The Sole Survivor Policy" so it would never happen again. The searing heartache that the Sullivan family suffered is truly unimaginable. The Navy named two destroyers The Sullivans to honor the brothers: The Sullivans (DDG-68) and The Sullivans (DD-537). They were the first U.S. navy ships to be named after more than one person.
First Lieutenant John Fox was a member of the famed Buffalo Soldiers. In December 1944, a German battalion attacked the Allied position in a small village in Northern Italy. Fox bravely volunteered to stay behind to direct artillery. The Germans continued to advance until they were directly on top of Fox's position. Fox radioed his men to fire. The men objected because they knew Fox would be killed. Fox knew that he would die, but he responded with two words: "Fire it!" John Fox gave his life so his fellow soldiers could live.
On August 8, 2012, Thomas was killed in Sarkowi, Afghanistan from wounds caused by a suicide bomber. He was killed alongside Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, Mr. Ragaei Abdelfattah, USAID, and Maj. Walter D. Gray of the U.S. Air Force.
Thomas was only 35 years old. He was survived by his parents, wife (Kami) and twins (ages 2 and 4 years).His awards and service medals include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Valorous Unit Award. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously.
Here is a tribute for Thomas by his family: "On Wednesday, August 8, 2012 our family lost a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a godfather, a cousin and a friend in Afghanistan. Our country lost an outstanding Officer, a decorated war hero and a true patriot, one who gave his life for his country and the freedoms we so often take for granted. We are grief stricken and heartbroken, yet humbled and grateful for the overwhelming showering of support we have received from all the lives our hero touched..."