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A Memorial Day Tribute

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have lost thier lives serving our country. In honor of the men and women who have given so much we offer this beautifully done video.   This is one of those holidays where we can easily forget the real purpose.  We sometimes get caught up with the launch of summer, with barbecues with friends and family.  We enjoy our day off from work but do we really take the time to remember.  To remember those who lost their lives to preserve our freedom.   If you cannot attend any of the observances this is a good way to reflect on the sacrifices these people have made for our country.

We thank all who have lost a family member through service to this great nation.  We can never forget those who spent many days, weeks and even years away from their families and too often not return home. Memorial Day is to remember….and to honor.

Remember these great words, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

A Memorial Day Tribute

 

Rolling Thunder Rolls On Again

Today’s video is from 2010 but it is also happening today.  This weekend is the annual Rolling Thunder ride in Washington DC. Rolling Thunder’s mission is to educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War. Rolling Thunder has also evolved into a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.  It happens every year over Memorial Day weekend.  The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C. Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events.  The run is open to all who wish to show their support.  The run is always on the Sunday before Memorial Day Observance.

This video shows a lone Marine who saluted the riders by standing in honor of his fallen comrades.  You can see that he at times he is overwelmed with the tribute.

If you can’t be in Washington DC this weekend take a moment to watch this and feel apart of a great tradition of honor and respect for our veterans and active military.  We won’t forget.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Rolling Thunder rolls on Again

 

Soldier Returns Home

I never get enough of these reunion stories.  Here is one from some time ago but it never gets old.   This one is a little different.  I found this story that shows us just what it is like to be a family of a soldier who is deployed.  We can’t imagine the heartache of the holidays without them.  The time missed when infants grow up without their parent there to see the “firsts”.  This video is a bit longer than most of our stories but I thought you might like to see what they feel through their eyes as they wait and wait for Dad to be excused from duty and return to them.  Skip to the end if you need to save time but don’t miss the joy in the faces of these kids as their dad comes home.    The sacrifices our soldiers make each day to serve our country are many.  I do believe that the sacrifices the family makes by not having them around is also priceless.   We can’t thank you enough for your service to our country.  We also thank the families for all the sacrifices they experience during their deployment.  Welcome Home SFC Dustin Freitas.

Here is a link to another video from this family when he was able to surprise the kids for a 2 week visit.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm66ln9kRAU

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Soldier returns home

National Day of Prayer – Tomorrow, May 1

I am posting this today so that you would have the opportunity to take part in this national event.  This year the National Day of Prayer is scheduled for tomorrow, May 1.  The video I selected was created for the Tacoma, Washington area but was so well done that it could be used anywhere.  Ten other countries have also adopted the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.  Over 42,000 prayer groups are gathering together to pray for each other, our country and our world.  God wants to hear from us.  They are coming together at homes, at parks, in schools and in churches.  Coming together to become one voice through prayer.

I believe prayer works.  Take this time to join a group or if you can’t, just spend some time in prayer tomorrow.  Pray for your family.  Pray for your church.  Pray for your friends.  Pray for your community.  I am sure we all agree that this country could use some prayer.  Even pray for your enemies.   There are many people who could use your prayers.  No matter what your denomination we can all unite together this one day.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

National Day of Prayer

Passengers Honor Fallen Soldier

I am happy to say that more and more you see soldiers honored when they arrive on a commercial flight.  I am always pleased to see people taking the time to thank a soldier when they see them boarding a flight.  This video shows even more.  Before the doors were even closed the flight attendants recognized several members of the military as they boarded the flight.  Right before the landing everything changed.  The pilot came on and alerted the passengers not to be alarmed but that this was a special flight carrying a fallen soldier with a military escort.  The plane would be met by local firefighters with a water cannon salute.  The plane went silent showing the respect due this American hero.

What an honor to be on board this plane to show your respect and honor a fallen soldier.  These passengers waited and allowed the escorts to leave the plane first and join the family as they removed the casket from the plane.   Remember the sacrifices our military endure for our freedom.  Stop and say thank you or give your seat next time you see a soldier.

Have a GREAT day… by making it a GREAT day for someone else.

Your friends at A Little Good News

passengers salute fallen soldier

 

See What Wife Finds When Searching for Husband

How long would you have kept searching?  Today’s ALGN post was sent to me by two friends, Mark B. and Bill B. It is about a woman named Peggy Harris and her 68 year search for her husband.  Peggy was a brand new newlywed (married for only six weeks) when when her husband, Billie D. Harris, was shipped off for war.  Billie was a fighter pilot in World War II.  His last mission was July 17th, 1944 over Nazi-occupied Northern France.  He never made it back from that mission. Peggy was very worried about her husband.  She kept getting different messages about what happened to him. First, they said he was missing. Then, Peggy got much better news.  She was told that he was alive and would be coming home.  But, later, she was told he was dead and buried in a certain cemetery.  Then, another communication that also said he was dead, but buried in a different cemetery.  Finally, she heard that those may not be his remains at all. So Peggy waited and searched for her husband.  She waited for months, then years….then decades.  She wrote to her Congressman many times, searching for answers.  Her last letter was written to Representative Mack Thornberry of Texas in 2005.  She was hopeful (as he was also Vice-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee).  She got a response from him, stating that her husband, Billie, was still listed as Missing in Action in the National Archives.  This was such disappointing news.  Peggy kept waiting and searching.  But, she didn’t know where to search, so she got some help from her husband’s cousin, Alton Harvey.  He was committed to keep searching until he got to the bottom of it for Peggy.  He started out by requesting Billie’s military records.  And that is ALL IT TOOK.  The search was over!!  It showed that Billie was buried in the world’s most famous cemetery in Normandy, France.  And sure enough, there was a white marble cross that had been there for years, with his name on it.  It appears that nobody from Thornberry’s office had ever tried to find out anything.  Had they tried, they would have found an answer right away.  Since then, Peggy sends flowers to the grave 10 times a year.  But, guess what…the story doesn’t end there.  I won’t even tell you the rest of the story.  I want you to see it for yourself on the video.  But, suffice it to say that there were people in France (close by) who not only knew Billie had died, but witnessed it and were thankful for what a hero he was, even in death.  Watch it and see for yourself.  It is GREAT!!  The search for Billie D. Harris may finally be over.  But, the memories of a husband and hero will live on forever!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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See what wife finds when searching for husband

U.S. Marine Surprises Brother at Practice

Here comes another military homecoming video.  I know that many of you like them as much as I do, so I decided to post another one today.  In the spirit of full disclosure, this particular reunion is a little over a year old, but I loved it!  I had never seen it until yesterday.  I hope you like it as much as I did.  And I know that the mom of these two boys has to be feeling pretty proud of these two men.  The story goes like this:  Two brothers were raised in really tough financial conditions.  The older brother — even being only 22 months older than his sibling — always looked out for his younger brother.  Then, after high school, the older brother joined the marines.  The younger brother became a star at the University of Illinois in Basketball.  The younger brother even says that the day his older brother first left for boot camp, he went into his room and cried.  He had ALWAYS had him around.  What was he going to do now?  At the end of one tour of duty, the older brother (Bailey Leonard) decided to surprise his little brother (Meyers).  Meyers thought that Bailey was still in Afghanistan.  He and his team were just completing a shootaround early in the day of a game against Michigan.  Bailey surprises his little brother (who towers over him).  It is a GREAT moment.  Not talked about at all in this video is that, later on, Meyers would be a first round draft pick by the Portland Trailblazers.  These two brothers have a bond that is impressive. I think their mom did a wonderful job of raising them the right way..in spite of doing it on her own.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

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us marine surprises brother

8 Year Old Turns $20 into Soldier’s Priceless Gift

Today’s ALGN post is about $20……….but it’s really NOT about $20.  It’s about a soldier………but it’s really NOT about a soldier.  I guess what it is really about is an 8 year old boy, paying tribute to his father (a fallen soldier, himself).  I apologize for those of you who have already come across this video.  That is the one thing that I hate about weekends.  When I hear about a great story on a Friday, by the time I send it out on Monday, many of you have already seen it.  But, this story is too good not to post, so I will post it for today, anyway.  And I would like to thank Tami C., Davi, F., Kimberly C. and Mindy C., Danielle C., Kathleen M. and Cara P.  Each of them sent me this great story at various times over the weekend.  It really is touching.  8 year old, Miles Eckert went out to eat with his family one afternoon to a Cracker Barrell near Toledo, Ohio on February 7th.  Before entering the restaurant, Miles had found a $20 bill in the parking lot of the restaurant.  He was super excited and was thinking about buying himself a video game with the money he found.  But, then, he saw a soldier in the same restaurant (with his wife and baby).  The soldier is Lieutenant Colonel Frank Daly.   What Miles did next was pretty impressive.  He decided that he wanted to “pay it forward” with that $20 and give it to the soldier because the soldier reminded him of his dad.  Miles’ Dad (Army Sergeant, Andy Eckert) was also a soldier.  He was a soldier who died in Iraq only 5 weeks after Miles was born.  All Miles has is a few photos and stories about his Dad (and his dog tags and wedding ring).  Miles wrote a note to the soldier (Daly) and gave it to him along with the $20, thanking him for his service.  After leaving the restaurant, Miles asked his Mom if he could to to his father’s grave, but he told his mom that he wanted to walk to the grave by himself.  His mom took photos of his son’s trek, where he probably told his dad about finding the $20 and how he gave it to a fellow soldier.  I’m sure he figured that his dad (probably the greatest soldier this young man believes ever lived) would be proud of him for doing that.  Even though, Andy Eckert isn’t on earth to help raise his son, I’m sure that he is looking down and is awfully proud of the man that he is already growing up to be.  He has to be very pleased with the wonderful job his wife is doing in raising their boy.  If I was ever going into battle, Miles Eckert is one soldier I would want to serve by my side!!  What a great young man.  Yep…with kids like Miles, our future is in great hands!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

8 year old turns $20

Champion Bolivian Kickboxer vs. U.S. Marine

Call it a slow news day if you want. Most news stations in the U.S. have them once in a while.  I guess even we, at A Little Good News, have them every now and then.  Typically, I will have a few good ones stashed away….or I will find a good one that day…..or some friend will email me or private message me with a great video to consider for ALGN.  But, today, I had no such luck.  So, I will ask your forgiveness in advance.  But, I was stuck and I couldn’t find a good one.  So, today isn’t really good news.  In fact, I am not a fan of fighting, in general.  I do, however, have very good friends who have a son that is really good at this kind of thing and wins a lot of fights here in the U.S..  But, the reason I chose this video (besides the fact that it was simply a slow news day in the good ol’ U.S. of A.) is because I have never been a fan of showoffs.  There are people in all kinds of careers and places in life who are “All Sizzle and No Steak” or “All Hat and No Cowboy”.  I don’t like to see those people succeed.  When they do, it usually happens that they finally raise to their level of complete incompetence.  Today’s video made me smile for a few reasons:  First, we see a real “Showboat” get his come-uppance.  Secondly, I am and will always be a HUGE fan of our U.S. Marines.  The U.S. Marines do so much for us and our freedoms. They are some of the greatest men and women on the planet.  And, I would NEVER bet against them (even if I did gamble), no matter what the circumstance.  They are tough. They know how to fight and they don’t give up….they don’t know how to quit.  So, when this Champion Kickboxer from Bolivia (according to the video) comes to the ring and is busy preening and showing off to the crowd, asking for more cheers, it really makes me smile when he finally goes up against the U.S. Marine, who was simply trying to do what he was supposed to do in the ring (fight).  Again, I am sorry that we didn’t have a REAL post for ALGN today.  But, I hope this video won’t offend any of you and, in fact, I hope it kind of makes you laugh a bit for the day.  And, as the U.S. Marines would say, “Semper Fi”!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

champion bolivian kickboxer vs. us marine

Mom’s Surprise Homecoming at Son’s B-Ball Game

One of the types of videos that never gets old for me are all of these wonderful military homecoming videos.  I have seen so many of them and yet, I can’t help but get touched each time I see them.  I can even see the same homecoming video a couple of times and it will still get me even though I know what is coming.  That is the case with today’s ALGN post.  It was suggested to us by Mindy C. and Denise S.  We want to thank them both sending it our way.  I watched it when Mindy sent it to us and loved it. Then, Denise sent it to me, saying it was a wonderful, touching homecoming reunion.  I watched it again.  Now, I just watched it a third time, getting ready for this post and gosh darn it…..this silly surprise homecoming got me again.   Lt. Colonel Cotina Jenkins-Sellers had been serving in Kuwait for 8 months.  Her son, Derek, is in 8th grade and plays for the school’s basketball team.  They had a neat idea to surprise him DURING the game for her homecoming. They called a fake technical on the opposing coach and put Derek at the free throw line.  His mom walked up behind him and as he missed his second shot, she said, “That’s all right, Derek.”  He hears his mother’s voice and turns around….and his response is ELECTRIC!!  It is so genuine.  You will want to watch this a couple of times!!  But, be careful…it may make your eyes leak a bit!!  THANK YOU to those who sacrifice so much, leaving their families to go and protect us.  And thank you, too, to their families who sacrifice so much having them be gone….that is part of what makes these homecoming videos so incredibly moving!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Mom's surprise homecoming