A “Did you know?” article out of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow retells the fascinating history of John Newton and William Wilberforce — as well as the commonly known hymn “Amazing Grace.”
When you hear the iconic song, Amazing Grace, what do you think of? Church choirs? Funerals? Perhaps bagpipes belting out the haunting tune? Did you know that the author of Amazing Grace was once a slave ship master who saw the light, reformed his ways and became one of the most influential people in history for the abolition of slave trade? His influence, particularly on William Wilberforce, helped to push the British Parliament to abolish slavery in 1807.
The article is somewhat unique in Read more
As the school year starts to wind up in many parts of the country, the annual Vacation Bible School season is coming to an end. VBS remains a long held tradition for many — including many US troops, wherever they may be stationed.
At the US Army Camp Zama, Japan, more than 100 kids attended VBS at the beginning of August: Read more
The 12 US Marines lost last week when their two CH-53E helicopters failed to return to base have been declared deceased. They were previously identified here.
In a memorial ceremony last Friday, their fellow Marines placed combat gear on white crosses in a modified battlefield cross:
Forty-eight Marines solemnly adorned white crosses with flight vests, helmets, goggles and Hawaiian leis Friday in tribute to the dozen men lost when two helicopters collided during training…
Commanding officer LtCol Eric Purcell quoted the Marines’ Hymn: Read more
According to articles on the event, the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, was unique this year:
In a town where just about everything is scripted, the sight of the President, Vice-President and members of Congress singing “Amazing Grace,” during the 60th Annual National Prayer breakfast was one of several off script moments that was almost refreshing today.
According to another source, the talk of the town was the speech delivered at the breakfast — but not President Obama’s speech: Read more
A moving memorial was held for US Army Major Ronald “Wayne” Culver, killed by an IED in Iraq on May 24th. The Chaplain, a friend of the Major, spoke of his faith and his salvation:
The service continued with the chaplain speaking of the major’s faith and how he knew he would see his friend in heaven. He choked up at the podium and the squadron command sergeant major walked across the stage to support him. The room was deathly silent, save for the sound of more than 500 battle-tested Soldiers sniffling.
Prayer and the playing of Amazing Grace on bagpipes, another military memorial tradition with spiritual undertones, was Read more