The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

June 2, 2013

Remembering Our Heroes

Sunday, June 2, 2013 —     Last weekend was Memorial weekend. It was three glorious days away from work. I spent almost every waking minute outside; I was actually still sitting on the front porch at midnight. The days were warm, not too hot, and the nights were cool. I know we won’t get another weekend like this until sometime late in the fall. In my opinion, it was a taste of heaven on earth. I hated to see it end.

    We got so much done outside. On Friday night my wife made a list of things that needed to get done. By the time we came inside on Monday evening we had completed almost everything on her list. That’s another thing that gives you a great feeling, getting things accomplished. While we didn’t get everything done that we hoped, we made a good dent in our list.

    We worked in the vegetable garden, the flower beds, and planted some beautiful mixed planters. We both really enjoy walking around our yard and seeing the beauty of plants growing and blooming. This weekend was also the time to bring out our tropical plants. The poor things have had a long winter in the garage and they require some of my wife’s tender care before making their grand entrance back out into the world. Like I said, it was a great weekend.

    During some of that time as I sat quietly on the front porch I was reflecting on how many people have had to suffer so I could enjoy such a weekend. Many men and women have laid down their lives so we can live in freedom. I have the greatest respect for the men and women who put on a soldier’s uniform. They are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to give us the privilege to live in this great land.

    My grandfather, step-grandfather, father-in-law, and my father have all donned uniforms to defend our nation. Each of these men was lucky to come home so they too could enjoy living in this great land. But there are many families who have suffered the loss of a loved one so we could have the privilege of living safely here in America. The soldier paid the ultimate price and the family suffered the loss of their son or daughter. Freedom comes at the high cost of lives.

    As I reflected on the high price many families have paid for us, I also thought about all the men and women of faith who have laid down their lives for the sake of the gospel. I think about all the people like Stephen, the very first martyr, who paid the ultimate price so he could share the gospel with the lost. I was also thinking about all the people who got to live out their natural lives and they maintained their faith right to the very end.

    All of us have been influenced by people whose faith was stronger than our own. We have wanted to emulate their faith, to allow a little bit of their glory into our lives. Their strong faith in areas where we felt weak gave us the desire to press on through tough times. Their faith in God helped us to grow, to become mature in our faith. These men and women spurred us on so we could spread our wings and fly.

    We need to honor and appreciate these heroes of our faith. They have fought and continue to fight for their faith. Living out our faith is a daily battle and we need the encouragement of others to maintain the fight. If we all look around there are people who live what they believe; they are the heroes of our faith.

    Some of our heroes have gone home to be with the Lord. We ought to reflect on how they led their lives. Granted, each of them were sinners but they didn’t give up and lead defeated lives. No, they fought and led victorious lives as examples for us to follow. They persevered and won the reward for their faith. Their lives are shining examples of how to live and maintain our faith so we too can enter into our Father’s rest.

    I want to encourage you to think about those people who are shining examples of faith in your life. Reflect on their lives. Are they perfect? No, but they died to themselves and lived for Christ. They trusted God through the most difficult moments and won the victories. Their lives, their stories, their testimonies are encouraging to us all. They are examples for us all to follow. Go forth and be an example for others.

Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is located at Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email


Text Only
Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    WASHINGTON - The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 23, 2014

  • D.G. Martin Where did all these new voters in North Carolina come from?

    “Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”
    So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Gannon Some light for Dems in their time of darkness

    RALEIGH – Earlier this year, state Sen. Ben Clark, a Hoke County Democrat, became a hero for a day among his party and environmentalists when his amendment to require more well water testing near future fracking sites passed the Senate. It even gained the support of a number of GOP senators, against the wishes of the Republican bill sponsor.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • mama.jpg What we get wrong about millennials living at home

    If the media is to be believed, America is facing a major crisis. "Kids," some age 25, 26, or even 30 years old, are living out of their childhood bedrooms and basements at alarmingly high numbers. The hand-wringing overlooks one problem: It's all overblown.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doug Creamer Maintaining hope

    Gardeners are facing challenges with the weather this year. It seemed like we were getting great conditions in April and May. The weather was warm and we were getting some good rains. Then sometime in June the rain stopped. It got so dry that I didn’t have to cut the grass. While I enjoyed the break, the garden was not happy at all. I was having to water quite a bit to keep the vegetable garden alive and growing.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jason O. Boyd I may be a bit behind the times, but at least I can find ‘America’

    I seem to be reading about and dealing with technology a lot lately.
    I  love technology and have always been fascinated by gadgets of all kinds and the wonderful things they can do. You never seem to go through an entire day without some form of invention enhancing your life.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brent Laurenz Meeting out in open helps negotiations move ahead

    RALEIGH – State lawmakers reconvened in Raleigh on May 14 promising a brief legislative session this summer, but as July moves along they are still in town and tackling big issues.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Larry's Sketch 7.16.14.tif They don’t give a darn for Duke University

    John “Duke” Wayne’s heirs are suing Duke University over trademark rights.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive

    WASHINGTON - For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.

    July 18, 2014

House Ads
Seasonal Content