Recently I saw a POW/MIA flag with the words: "All Gave Some, Some Gave All."
Below it were these words: "You Are Not Forgotten."
We celebrate Memorial Day to insure that those who "Gave All" are "Not Forgotten."
Who will you be remembering this Memorial Day? Several people I knew came to mind.
First, there was Al from Waycross, GA. We were in Boy Scouts and high school together. He went to Vietnam as an Army Medic. A few weeks after his arrival, he was killed while giving aid to a wounded soldier.
Second, Tommy was a member of the Waycross High state championship golf team. He served as a fighter jet pilot in Vietnam. On his last mission before returning stateside, his plane was shot down and he died.
Third, Jim and I attended Emmanuel College in North Georgia. Our fathers were ministers of the Gospel. We worked together in the college student center. I was sad to learn that he had lost his life serving our country in Vietnam.
More recently, there was Philip, who was a Correctional Officer at The Al Burrus Correctional Training Center. He was a Sergeant in the Georgia Army National Guard. While serving in the Gulf War, his military vehicle overturned and tragically he died. I was honored by his family to preach his funeral at The Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
Monroe County, Georgia will have a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 29th, at 11 a. m., at the Monroe County Courthouse Square. The names of all service members who "Gave All" will be remembered during the "Roll Call." They are "Not Forgotten"!
As you recall family or friends who died, consider the words of our Lord in John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends."
Rodney O. Callahan
Chaplain (Colonel), USAR (RET)