Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day--A Time For Heroes

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Nancy Sullivan Geng remembers how she leaned against an oak at the side of the road, wishing she were invisible---keeping her distance from her parents who were sitting in lawn chairs while her younger siblings were running around having fun.

She remembers she hoped none of her friends would see her there.

God forbid her friends would see her and her family waving the little flags her mom had bought for 10 cents at the Ben Franklin store.

At 16, Nancy was too old for all that and definitely too cool for the small town parade.

She would have rather been at the lake, but that was not an option for her or her family. The Memorial Day festivities were mandatory for her family, and they did the same thing every year.

But why?

A long walk down the hall to her grandmother's bedroom would change this 16-year old's life forever.

Not only did Nancy's family go to the parade with her grandmother participating in it, but the rest of the day was equally scripted.

Grandma's house---then the backyard baseball game, then sitting in the kitchen reminiscing about Uncle Bud who had been killed in World War II.

This particular year was a game changer for Nancy.

She has written her story for Guide Post Magazine.

I cannot adequately tell her story as she tells it. It will only take a few minutes of your time.

I strongly recommend you read it---in her own words, and consider all that Memorial Day represents.

Have a great weekend.

Be Grateful. Be Blessed. 


  1. Thank You! I so appreciate the story you told us this a.m. We must not forget the ones who laid down their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. Imagine, that goes back to the beginning of our nation, and the World Wars, and brings us up to today where we have fighting going on all over the world. We have many heros to remember today. Thank you, for your selection of a very memorable piece to share with us today. I support your program and believe as you do that the Bible is our standard to live our lives. I believe you are doing the right thing at this time for our country, so keep on serving on the radio and bring us the current news, trends, etc. so we can fight the battle for freedom by our prayers at home. God's blessings to you and yours. Carol

  2. So what is it that makes ordinary people extraordinary? There's a lot of them in the armed forces. Though they might be the worst of people some times, most of the time they are extraordinary. It's something to do with responsibility, what's required, and sacrifice.

    When things are the worst, I think Jesus shows up. Something happens inside.
    And it's something about how they train. I think he was somewhere with them all along. I think he's somewhere in every unit.


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