Thanking Our Veterans for Their Sacrifice

These girls came ready to display a picture of Liberty, Sacrifice, Honor, Bravery, Loyalty, Freedom, and Courage in commemoration of our veterans and in thankfulness to God for His mercy to our land.

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Memorial Day Photo Contest Winner

As part of the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic, we had a photo contest. We wanted a photo that most effectively captured the spirit of honor, joy, and multi-generational legacy which exemplifies our annual Memorial Day celebration.

We are pleased to announce that Nathan Nicholson won this contest by submitting the above photo.

Good photography is a way to honor God,  (more…)

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Thank You to Our Veterans!

Speaking at the Memorial Day Picnic

Preparing Boys for Battle

Happy Girls at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic

Ballads to Honor

David Lanier sang ballads at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic as well as read the recent casualty list from the Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Stories from the Past

Veterans Marine “Colonel” Bill Henderson and William E. Brown both served in WWII in the Pacific arena.

Henderson hit the beaches of Iwo Jima and endured amazing warfare in the battle for that island. Brown was a P-51 Mustang pilot and was shot down over the Pacific.


The Price brothers are a refreshing group of brothers, who love one another and delight others with their stories.

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There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover

The Allen sisters sang historic songs in honor of our veterans, such as the World War II song: “There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover.”

The Bluegrass Gospel Trio also joined us with rousing music.

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Greater Love Has No One Than This That Someone Lay Down His Life for His Friends

We transcribed the opening prayer of Dan Forest, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. It was the perfect prayer for our event:

Lord Jesus, in your Word you told us that “Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” So we gather today to remember, we gather today to honor, we gather today to thank those who have gone before us to lay down their lives for us. For the very freedoms that we enjoy on this day and each day. Our Father, we acknowledge that you are the creator and sustainer of all things. You set the stars in the heavens and give them their light.  You set the earth in motion and you chart its course. You formed us from dust, breathed life and spirit into our bodies, and sustain our very being. Yet there are times when you call men to step forth on the courageous journey to protect and defend what is right and good. (more…)

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Give Ear Unto God’s Holy Word

I asked Prentiss Allen, Christiana Kendall, and Hunter Kendall to sing this final song, “Give Ear Unto God’s Holy Word.”  The words are so powerful and so fitting for our Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Celebration,

So shall thy children hope in God, and not forget His name, But follow in the ways of Him Who always is the same.

Give ear unto God’s Holy Word and hear His perfect law; Remember what His hand hath done and tell His works to all.
Recount unto thy children’s hearts the things which thou wast told, The truth which thou hast heard and known from generations old. (more…)

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How a Parade Honors Others

We held our very first parade at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic.

Parades are iconic in many cultures. In the Roman culture, parades were held for the great victories and celebrated the might and power of the Roman state.

In America however, we should have parades in celebration of significant events and should use them to establish the significance of and remember the goodness of God to us as a nation, whom He has protected and given great blessing to. (more…)

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The Cook of the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic

Lester Barham roasted pigs and cooked hushpuppies to feed the over 2000 people that came to honor God and our veterans at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic.

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My Latest Grandson

Meet Michael Courage Bradrick, 5 pounds 14 ounces, born on the same day his great grandfather Brown was shot down in WWII over Tokyo Bay. He is named after his grandfather Michael Bradrick.


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Triumphing Over the Obstacles in Your Path

Here are my grandsons, Triumph and Knox, making their way through the Military Obstacle Course that we set up for Memorial Day. With an imaginary sniper bunkered down in a fox hole, teams of young soldiers tried to complete the obstacle course. (more…)

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