When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they...
I had the pleasure of providing music for Viêtnow’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day Service in Loves Park, IL. The national headquarters for the organization are in downtown Rockford, IL, and the event encompassed other veteran and military-minded organizations. It was very moving to come together and focus on the incomprehensible sacrifice of those captured or gone missing in battle, not knowing their own fate from one moment to the next. That uncertainty, and worse, unknowing, is a tremendous burden on homefront families, as well. As Silver Star recipient (and keynote speaker) Richard Bennett shared with the audience, the brotherhood of combat is what keeps our military personnel strong; the worst case scenario is separation from one’s brothers. It is important to hold onto the hope and belief that there are POWs and MIAs still alive and rescuable. They have experienced, in ways most of us will never comprehend, that “worst case scenario” of separation, and have withstood immeasurable testing. We can stand strong for them, in prayer, in contacting government officials requesting ongoing action to bring them home, and in living lives that reflect gratitude for the sacrifices made.
Local News Coverage of the Ceremony
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