Saturday, November 17, 2018


The Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Association will have its LAST meeting for the year of 2018 at 6:00 pm on Monday November 26, 2018, AT BROOKDALE ON NORTHSIDE DRIVE.  We will be served a delicious meal hosted by Brookdale.  We will elect NEW Officers for the coming year at this very important meeting. The Nominations Committee will present the following nominees and then members may present other nominations from the floor.
President – Barry Gardner
Vice President – Dale Robinson
Treasurer – Rebecca Smith
Secretary – Joe Haarrod
Director (2020)  Tom Underwood
Director (2020) Roger Knowles
Don Levans


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.