We Will Remember

May 25, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful.

~Deuteronomy 8:18, NLT

QUOTE

If you will not stand behind our TROOPS, perhaps you should try standing in front of them.

~I didn’t say it but I wish I had. [Could not find the source]

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The word REMEMBER is found 219 times in the NLT and 22 times in Deuteronomy. Why did Moses constantly remind the Israelites not to forget what God had done? Remember that the LORD rescued you from the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt… Remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The LORD is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other...Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the LORD your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm…Remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all the land of Egypt… Remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt…Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness. Why so many reminders to remember? Because we forget. What is today about? It is about REMEMBERING those who died so we could remain free. Since many of us did not serve our country, the least we can do is remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let these pictures jog your memory.

We Will Remember

Corporal Jon-Erik Loney, was killed in action in Iraq late in 2006.  Loney drove a Bradley fighting vehicle in the US Army.  His grave is in Oak Grove in Morgan County.  Photo by Gary Cosby Jr.  05/26/10

Corporal Jon-Erik Loney, was killed in action in Iraq late in 2006. Loney drove a Bradley fighting vehicle in the US Army. His grave is in Oak Grove in Morgan County. Photo by Gary Cosby Jr. 05/26/10

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Jon-Erik Loney, 21, of Hartselle, Alabama; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; died Nov. 28 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Hit, Iraq.

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The greatest sacrifice is to lose a child in war. Jon-Erik’s mom did not want him to enlist but he insisted. He even went on a tuna diet and lost 100 pounds so he could join the Army. I think Jon-Erik was born while his dad was in the Army. I’m almost sure he attended Danville High School. I know some of his relatives live at Oak Ridge. Jon-Erik loved horses and he was a huge Alabama football fan. Below is picture of him leaving for Iraq on his 21st birthday, 2006.

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PICTURES THAT SPEAK

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MEMORIAL DAY CHALLENGE

  1. Stop to remember the sacrifices that have been made for your freedom.

  2. Give God thanks for such a rich heritage of liberty.

  3. Say a pray for the families who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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