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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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Mississippi Governor Delivers Message Condemning The Burning Of Church That Opposed COVID-19 Restrictions

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves released a statement on Thursday condemning the burning of a church that had opposed the restrictions put in place concerning the spread of the coronavirus. The church had filed a lawsuit against the state for its prohibition on large gatherings. Reeves took to Twitter and stated that he was both “heartbroken and furious” with the shameful action that was taken against the church. “What’s this pandemic doing to us?” he asked in his post. “We need prayer for this country.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: The church, First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, burned to the ground sometime early Wednesday morning, according to police. Grafitti was found in the parking lot reading, “I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.” The burning is being investigated as arson. “We’re in a time where I don’t think it’s any secret that there’s a growing hostility toward churches, across the board,” Thomas More Society senior counsel and lawyer for the church Stephen Crampton told Fox News. “And now, here are churches like First Pentecostal that are sort of stirring up the waters by being outspoken and somewhat firm about seeking to protect their constitutional rights.” The church had filed a lawsuit back in April after the pastor of the congregation was given a ticket for holding a drive-in service on Easter, which happens to be one of the most important holidays for Christians, who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on that day. This belief is the foundation of the Christian faith and it is shameful to not be able to celebrate it together with other believers. Especially when this church was willing to compromise and simply worship from their vehicles and maintain social distancing guidelines. A district attorney later ruled in favor…

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Additional California Churches And Sheriffs Join In Defiance Of State, Local Orders

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Phase 2 of California’s plan to reopen officially kicked off on Friday, but that part of the plan still didn’t allow for the opening of houses of worship for in-person services, something that clearly violates the First Amendment rights of the citizens of the state. While Gov. Gavin Newsom has done his best to strike at the heart of the Constitution by instituting strict stay-at-home orders in the name of safety and security, true patriots have stood up and said enough is enough. Several thousand church leaders in California have stated that they are now planning to reopen for services regardless of what Newsom says about it. They are joined in their defiance by a long list of sheriffs who are actually taking up the mantle to defend the Constitution. Here’s more from Washington Examiner: California Church United, a network of 3,000 California churches, representing 2.5 million members, announced it plans to open May 31, instead of waiting until the state implements phase 3, which includes allowing modified reopening of houses of worship. Many churches are reopening nationwide on May 31, a date specifically chosen because it falls on the Day of Pentecost, a significant date on the Christian calendar. Some plan to open Sunday, May 10. “Our churches are part of the answer, not part of the problem,” Danny Carroll, senior pastor at Water of Life Community Church, said at a news conference held at the Water of Life mega church in Fontana, Calif. “We’re an essential part of this whole journey and we’ve been bypassed … kicked to the curb and deemed nonessential,” Carroll said. Gov. Newsom has acknowledged the work put forth by folks in various faith communities in helping to care for the homeless and others who are in need during the crisis in a press…

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