May 27, 2013
I had already decided earlier last week that I would show a 3-4 min. video clip from Youtube by Toby Keith re: remembering our soldiers’ sacrifices for Memorial Day in our morning service yesterday. When I found out right before the service that my beloved uncle Newton had just died – a month before he turned 91 and a day before Memorial Day, I knew I had to dedicate that song and collage of pictures to him. Uncle Newton, my dad, and my other uncle Bill all served in the military. Uncle Newton lived a decent walk or a quick bike ride from the home I grew up in all my growing up years in Knoxville. He taught me how to shoot basketball with my left hand by humiliating me on the basketball court whenever I started beating him in horse (he would just shoot only with his left hand and make me do the same). Uncle Newton was my Sunday school teacher when I was in early high school years. He loved God, loved our nation, and loved his family and clan. He will be sorely missed.
I’m afraid my generation – and certainly the next one – come to Memorial Day with convoluted emotions if not an absence of emotion altogether. Many of us (excluding some who joined the military) have not fought in any war. If we have obtained our education in public schools we most likely have not given adequate attention to the history of our nation, which would include some history of the condition of Great Britain at the time when our forefathers and mothers chose to leave it for what would eventually become the U.S.A. (One cannot really understand the underlying foundational principles that formed the bedrock of our nation’s identity unless you understand the deteriorating conditions and ideologies that caused our forefathers to leave Great Britain in the first place). Continue reading Fighting for the Soul of our Nation – Happy Memorial Day