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VETERAN’S DAY: No One Claimed Deceased Marine Sergeant, So Community Showed Up in Incredible Way

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Just days before Veteran’s Day, a deceased Vietnam Veteran was set to be laid to rest.

Sadly, he did not appear to have any family, so the funeral home that was arranging his burial expected the ceremony to be a small one.

Sgt. Leo Stokely was 69 when he passed away in Nashville, TN. Stokely served his country in the Marine Corps and did a tour of duty in Vietnam.

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And yet, his death appeared to tragically mimic so many of the lives our veterans lead here at home: forgotten and alone.

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That is…until his family decided to show up–his American family.

“We’re all the family, we’re Americans, we’re the family,” says Kay-Lynn Carew, who heard about Stokely’s funeral on a now-viral social media post and immediately set to work to spread the word about the service.

“When you hear about a veteran, and nobody’s gonna be there, somebody’s gotta be there,” she explained. “Lots of people forget, there’s a lot of veterans that don’t have any families left.”

 

“My daughter, who lives in Knoxville, actually sent me the link on Facebook last night. She knows I live here, I work here,” Kay-Lynn explained to ABC 6. “She said can you show up, I said heck yeah I can show up.”

ABC 6 explains that Kay-Lynn did much more than show up–she posted flyers on businesses all along Highway 70, near the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery where Stokely was due to be buried Friday.

“I really feel that this man, that started off Sunday with no family – I believe he’s gonna have a good going home,” explains Alan Desmond, Funeral Director at Boyd Funeral Home in Ashland City, who handled the burial arrangements.

Stokely was laid to rest on Friday, with full military honors, and surrounded by people who loved him, and took the opportunity to express their immense gratitude for his service and sacrifice.

Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank you to all who serve and have served!

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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President Trump recently said that he would “do a number” on countries located in the Middle East that are persecuting Christians if he could find solid proof and evidence that sort of thing was happening. Christians in that part of the world are heavily persecuted, mostly by radical Muslim government regimes and terrorist groups, for daring to stand up boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it’s beyond disgraceful,” Trump said Thursday during a news conference at the White House. “If I had information and if I had absolute proof — some of the stories that we’ve heard, which are not easy, which is not easy to get — I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn’t believe. He added, “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — it’s disgraceful.” Trump made the comment while discussing the nascent “Abraham Accord” treaty to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is not only going to be a big help to Christians in that area of the world, but it will also help Israel as well. For many, many years, the Jewish Nation has been surrounded by countries who do not recognize it’s legitimate right to exist. Striking this deal is a first step in changing that way of thinking in that part of the world. It’s something a lot of folks probably never dreamed possible before. Christians are told in the Bible to expect persecutions and to rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ. However, that doesn’t mean we should allow persecution to continue on as if it’s a good thing. It’s not. If we have an opportunity…

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