Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day Program sermon by Dr. David S. Naglee, District Superintendent, Rome-Carrollton District, United Methodist Church

Introduction: To our veterans, to the families of veterans, and to the families of those whose loved ones names adorn the walls in this park; I am deeply humbled and highly honored to be with you on this very special celebration.  I am confident that there are much more qualified and appropriate persons who could be in this place today.  Thank you for this high honor.
                                                Rev. Dr. David S. Naglee

November 11, 2018                          “Liberty not License”                      Galatians 5:13-15
                                Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park

I clearly understand myself to be a blessed man.  I am alive; I am surrounded by family and friends who care about me.  I am able to be employed to provide for myself and to contribute to society.  I can go where and when I desire.  I am blessed.  I know it is a tremendous gift.
When I turned 18, I went to the draft board in Troup County to register as required by law.  It was in the waning years of the Vietnam War.  That year, the draft numbers were drawn but we were not required to report for duty.  I was number 261. I was able to go to College where I encountered Vets in school under the GI Bill who were recently back from the war.
In Seminary, I took a student appointment serving 4 small churches in Northwest Georgia.  During my tenure, they sold the parsonage and my new bride and I were invited to live with an older couple until a new parsonage could be secured.  This couple had had one son, James who would have been about my age and was killed in Vietnam.  His upstairs bedroom remained just as he had left it 8 or 9 years before.  In the garage was a large tool box that had been James.  I could use any thing in the garage but not from James’ tool box.  I witnessed the ultimate sacrifice of this family on behalf of our country and the price of freedom. 
Through the years of our existence as a country, there have been various wars and conflicts that have threatened us.  Thousands have stepped forward prepared to fight for, defend our way of life and freedom even if it meant giving the ultimate gift of self.  Thanks be to God for those brave souls and their families.  We are free today because of their sacrifice.
The Apostle Paul writing to the churches in Galatia reminded them that they too were free, free from sin and death, free from the shackles of the 621 religious laws because of the death of Jesus upon the cross.  His sacrifice of self freed them and us.
Paul makes this declaration:  “You were called to freedom” that he followed with an admonition: “Do not use your freedom as on opportunity for the flesh.”  Don’t waste your freedom or squander it on yourself!  You are free, but free to make a difference in the world, in your community, in your neighborhood, in your family circle.  You are free but not to just be self absorbed and take from the world giving nothing in return.
This week I was on a retreat in the North Georgia Mountains with 3 other pastors.  We had gone for a drive and returning we stopped by a Dollar General for a few items.  The driver said upon parking, “There is no need for all of us to go into the store for 3 things” so we remained in the car and waited.  We began to wonder what was taking so long when the driver finally emerged from the store.  When asked what took so long, he said, “There was a line at the register.  The first man had $100 of groceries that he paid for with food stamps but he didn’t have enough to cover the last$9, so he put his bank card in the machine which declined it for insufficient funds.  The cashier asked what he wanted to put back.”  The pastor stepped forward and paid the $9 for him and then went back in line.  The next person was a woman with a few items that totaled $5.35.  She counted out nickels and dimes on the conveyer belt and came up over $3 short.  Once again the pastor stepped forward and paid the deficient.  He remarked in the car, “I can’t imagine not having enough in the bank to cover $9.  Everyone in the store knew it.  I was embarrassed for him and her.
My friend could very well have been judgmental and stood silently by wondering why people can’t manage their money, seek to buy stuff they can’t afford. He could have stood idly by protecting his money.  He was not coerced, required, expected to do anything.  But he was free to respond.  He was motivated by compassion, concern for another.
The word for love in the New Testament is the word “Agape” which is love that is self sacrificing.  It thinks more of the other than of self.  Jesus so loved us, that he thought more of us than himself and gave himself to be put to death that we might be free, that we might live.  That is Christian love.  The love of Christ set us free.
Our Veterans didn’t put their lives in jeopardy or be injured or maimed and our honored dead whose names surround us didn’t die just so we could live; but so that we could be free to carry the banner of an ideal, to be a country that seeks a higher good for all its citizens, where every life is viewed as “created equal, endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights,” that we use our freedom for the common good and not for self only.
That task is simply to love our neighbor as ourselves.  It is to cease being so self centered that we refuse to listen or value those who disagree with us.  It refrains from demonizing those who are different from us.  It sees everyone as a creation and child of God, due our value of them as such.  We hear Paul’s words of warning from 2000 years ago afresh: “If you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.”  Society crumbles and disintegrates.  The ideal for which so many fought and died for is lost. 
What we are doing here today is right and honorable.  We are here remembering and honoring those who have made our gift of freedom possible.  But if we truly want to honor our veterans and the memory of those who died to defend and preserve it; then it is more than pausing for a few hours one day a year.  It is a life dedicated to using our freedom to make a difference, to love our neighbor.
Be servants of one another.  Do not use your hard earned and dearly paid for freedom for only yourself.  Love your neighbor.  Give something of yourself to make this life better for someone else.

Sunday, November 11, 2018



Prelude: "America the Beautiful" by Carroll Wind Ensemble with Director Terry Lowry
Welcome: Barry Gardner
Laying of Memorial Wreath: AFJROTC & Veteran Organizations
11:00 A.M.: Tolling of the Bell and Reading of the Carroll County KIAs
Rifle Salute: American Legion Post 143
Taps: Terry Strickland
Hymn: "God of Our Fathers" - Official Army Hymn
Reading: Don Levans
Prayer - George Washington's Prayer for the Nation - Don Levans
Armed Forces Salute: Larry Frazier
Introduction of Dr. David Naglee: Don Levans
Sermon: Dr. Naglee
Hymn: "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" - Official Navy and Marines Hymn
Benediction: Dr. Naglee
Postlude: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Barry Gardner, LTC USA, Ret.

AFJROTC - Laying of the Wreath

American Legion Post 143 - Rifle Salute.

Larry Frazier

Dr. Naglee and Don Levans

Speaker Dr. David S. Naglee

DAR members with the speaker: Sandy Vierling, Mary Mallory, (visitor Francine Bundrum), Speaker Dr. Naglee, Violette Denney and Johnnie Baldwin.  (Present but not in picture: Stephanie Ray and Diane Brittain.)

Veteran group representative - Laying of the Wreath.

Barry Gardner and his wife.

Mike Patterson - Representing a Veteran Group.

Director Terry Lowry and the Carroll Wind Ensemble.

AFJROTC with Officer Washington.

Veteran representatives - Laying of the Wreath.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Hey Violette

Kindred at Home 
approached me asking to get 
information distributed inviting
to come to The Venue 
(next door to Olive Tree) 
in Villa Rica on Monday
November 12 for a 

Please send out an email blast with this attachment

Thanks Don

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park
Association Meeting
 Monday October 22 2018 6:00pm

Meeting called to order - Don Levans

Pledge to the Flag

Prayer - Chaplain Boswell

Welcome - Don Levans ----

Minutes - Joe Harrod

Treasurer - Rebecca Smith – (absent)

Membership - Gail Liggett - (absent)
Presidents Report - Eagle Scout Court of Honor –
WWI event at UWG 11:00am 10/22
Brief Reports from Committee Chairs ----

Credentials   Charles Griffin -- Wall 27 stencil

Public Relations   Dale Robinson - Plans for Veterans Day

Web Coordinator --- Don Castamore – – Calendar updates

Events - Barry Gardner - Final update for Veterans Day - Bells of Peace
                                                     Sunday 11/11 at 10:30
                                                SPECIFIC HELP NEEDED OF VOLUNTEERS

Projects John Bassett - Flag programs

Grounds - Ron Reinhold - SPRUCE UP DAY FRIDAY 11/2 9:00m

Nominations - Norris Garrett - New Officers for 2019

Veteran Organizations   Chuck Feaselman

CCVMP Blog --- Violette Denney ---  (then click on News/Blog) 
Good of the Association  

BELLS OF PEACE WW 1 - 1918 - 2018 CCVMP

Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park
Tolling of the Park Bell for each Carroll County
WWI Killed in Action
 Taps – Rifle fire – Memorial Wreath
Carroll County Symphony and Terry Lowry – hymns & period music
Ecumenical Church Service with preaching by DR David Naglee  (Superintendent Rome-Carrollton District United Methodist)

This service is in cooperation with the National Centennial Commission and ends our four year observance of the 100th anniversary of the “War to end all wars” ---- at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month!

Friday, October 5, 2018


The UWG Ingram Library's Penelope Melson Society is hosting a showing of World War I historical documents and memorabilia beginning October 22 and ending November 16, 2018.  On Monday October 25 at 11:00 a.m. they are sponsoring a talk by DR Jennifer Keene, Professor of History.
Chapman University.

Jennifer D. Keene is a specialist in American military experience during World War I.  She is currently President of the Society of Military History. She has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001), World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011), and The United States and the First World War (2000).  She is also the lead author for an American history textbook, Visions of America: A History of the United States that uses a visual approach to teaching students U.S. history. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship.

This is a wonderful event to "cap off" our three year attempt to bring the WWI Centennial to the attention of our citizens.

               2015 CCVMP begins including events leading up to WWI in our Memorial Day Events

               2016 - Genealogical Society begins Collecting WWI Memorabilia -- And searching for WWI Discharge papers

               Feb 2016 - DR Steve Goodson addressed the Genealogical Society on Carroll County involvement in WWI

                May 2017- CCVMP invites Historian/Actor David Shuey to speak at Memorial Day Event as General Pershing

               May 2018 - CCVMP has Mr Shury return for a second speech as General Pershing

               July 2018 - Genealogical Society places the discharge records of over 2000 Carroll County WWI Veteran on it's website (

                October 2018 -  UWG Library and the Penelope Melson Society have DR Keene as speaker

                November 11, 2018 - National Centennial Commission conducting a NATION WIDE "Bell of Peace" program asking that bell be rung "from every steeple"  at the 11th hour -- on the 11th day of the 11th month exactly 100 years (to the minute) since the signing of the Armistice.

          PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND PLAN TO ATTEND THIS WONDERFUL EVENT ---- Ending our participation in the Centennial of The War to End All Wars!

Friday, September 14, 2018


 Terry Lowry and the Wind Ensemble provided music including Prelude and Postlude Music.
Sheriff Terry Langley welcomed everyone and gave the opening remarks.
 Carroll County Commission Chairman Marty Smith prayed the Memorial Prayer.
Award presentations.
National Anthem by Deputy Chief Ned Watson from UWG Police Department.
Award Recipients were seated together.
 Park President Don Levans with the plaques, certificates and medals presented today.

 James Stevens played Amazing Grace on the Bag Pipes.
 Memorial names were read and the striking of the bell by Cpl. Chris Thompson.
Groundbreaking for the Memorial.
Sandra Vierling is the Landscaping Architect and help with all the designs and landscaping in the Park.

Violette Denney made these pictures.