One of the pleasures in blogging is sharing information and stories with many people, and in return, they share theirs. Often those exchanges produce genuine gems, as happened after emailing a long time friend and a USAF vet I had the honor of serving with, Grandpa Bob. The video at the end of this post is one of those gems.
I remember what it was like growing up in this wonderful country, where nearly everyone shared the values of small town U.S.A. Values such as caring about others, decency, honesty and respect. Those values still exist throughout this great country, they just don’t get the recognition they deserve from a celebrity and disaster obsessed media.
The email from my friend, which included the link for the following video, came with a few paragraphs from the original posting by Georgia State Rep. Steve Davis.
Killed in action the week before, the body of Staff
Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to
Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of
Atlanta, on June 11, 2009. The Henry County Police
Department escorted the procession to the funeral
home in McDonough, Georgia. A simple notice in local
papers indicated the road route to be taken and
the approximate time. This was filmed during the
procession by a State Trooper.
Nowadays one can be led to believe that America no
longer respects honor and no longer honors sacrifice
outside the military. Be it known that there are many
places in this land where people still recognize the
courage and impact of total self-sacrifice.. Georgia
remains one of those graceful places. The link below is
a short travelogue of that day’s remarkable and painful
journey. But only watch this if you wish to have some
of your faith in people restored. Please share widely.
Seeing those people lining the highways and streets for a brave young soldier, who most never knew, is a reminder of the real America that exists and of the kind and generous people that inhabit it.
America is still at war with the enemies of our freedom and liberty, despite the silence on the subject by the “state run” media. As long as our young men and women, and their loved ones, are sacrificing for us, we as citizens must always remember and honor them.
Upon these two laws doth every commandment hinge-that we love God, and that we love each other. There is no better example on earth of this unconditional love than the American soldier. They would die for their friends, true, but even more heart-breaking and remarkable about such men is that they also live with what they’ve had to do.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!