As Trinity Baptist Church prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, on May 30, the day before the official holiday, here are some things to consider:
On November 21, 2010, in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal William K. Carpenter saw the hand grenade headed toward him and a fellow marine on top of a building in the violent Helmand Province. Without a second’s hesitation, he jumped on the grenade, but somehow managed to live, according to homeoftheheroes.com. After his injuries, he was medically retired in July 2013. He received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, for his “singular act of courage.” He was only the second living marine to be so honored since the Vietnam War.
Audie Murphy was known as a famous actor, and was a songwriter, and rancher as well. Some also consider him one of the greatest American war heroes of all times, as well. During World War II he single-handedly held off a company of German soldiers at the Comar Pocket in France in January 1945, and then led a successful counterattack, despite being wounded and out of ammunition. He received every combat medal available for valor from the United States Army and the Medal of Honor for his actions that day in France, when he was only 19.
George Day served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and was captured twice and held as a POW in North Vietnam for more than five years. He served during his time as a colonel in the Air Force, Army, and Marines. He received the Medal of Honor for the hardship he served in Vietnam.
Through the years those who have served to protect American freedom have died, been crippled, worked at hard labor in prisoner of war camps, often suffered hunger and were often too weak to even try to escape, and sometimes shot and killed when they did try. On May 30, Trinity will remember those servicemen and servicewomen who have protected America from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror as soldiers, doctors, nurses, and others. We will also celebrate the lives of members of Trinity who have died, as well as members’ relatives who died.
In addition, Southern Gospel quartet, Sould Out, which has often appeared at Trinity, will appear again in concert. The group, with members, Dusty Barrett, tenor; Jason McAtee, lead; Matt Rankin, baritone; and Ian Owens, bass; has travelled the country, according to its official website, “with a mission of evangelism and discipleship to not only win souls for Christ by telling the world ‘what the world doesn’t know’, but also to further strengthen and encourage God’s people to be the salt and light to the world and ambassadors for Christ.”