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  • Memorial Day: Honoring Our Heroes With Honesty
    May 30, 2022

    Memorial Day: Honoring Our Heroes With Honesty

    by Rev. Sheila M. Beckford and Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, Ph.D. Honoring our history is a tricky thing. At times, our insistence to celebrate the good outweighs the necessity of revealing anything that contradicts an inspirational or heart-warming narrative. Especially...

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  • On Behalf of a Grateful Nation
    May 27, 2021

    On Behalf of a Grateful Nation

    “On behalf of a grateful nation…” 

    These words form the preamble that accompanies the handing of an American flag into the waiting, often trembling, arms of a grieving loved one. It was a powerful symbol. It sought to convey a shared sense of sacrifice on behalf of the military, the service member and the family. This relationship was inextricably forged within the covenant of duty to country. Both the flag folding and the utterance of these words were done with exact precision. Each practiced and perfected movement was a far cry from the often violent way in which war created the occasions for these memorials.

    Photo by Ludovic Gauthier on Unsplash

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