5 Questions for Roy Costner: SC Valedictorian Who Defied School Ban on Prayer at Graduation Talks Free Speech and Future Plans

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Roy Costner IV, valedictorian of South Carolina’s Liberty High School, defied his school district’s ban on prayer and inserted the Lord’s Prayer into his graduation address to much applause from the audience. I asked him about the details behind his decision, how he is handling critics, and his future plans.When eighteen-year-old Roy Costner IV of Liberty, South Carolina first heard about the controversy over prayer at public school events in Pickens County several months ago, he was perpl … [Read more...]

Why Siblings Are Worth Celebrating

April 10 is National Siblings Day.

Did you realize that Wednesday, April 10, was “National Siblings Day?” Chances are you haven’t heard much about the occasion because it is not widely recognized, although it should be! When it comes to the topic of raising multiple children, the media is quick to focus on the cost of parenting in the modern age and the challenges of sibling rivalry. But brothers and sisters give us so much to celebrate. Siblings make life meaningful and fun, help create countless memorable moments among families … [Read more...]

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Have Answered the Call

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Veterans Day is for celebrating those Americans – across all time and all wars – who have answered the call to protect liberty, defend freedom, and crush tyranny.  By Col. Randal Scott CarterWe celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, the armistice that began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  The timing of this holiday is deliberate relative to history, but it also seems fitting that this day comes deep in the autumn sea … [Read more...]

Cracker Barrel Salutes Veterans with Month-Long Celebration

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Are you looking for a way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping and support the troops at the same time?  Here is a great initiative that offers you the opportunity to do just that!Cracker Barrel Old Country Store salutes veterans of the United States military, many of whom are guests and employees, with a special month-long celebration of Veterans Day in addition to year round efforts.   From November 1 through November 30, 2012, Cracker Barrel will donate 10% of the retail sales pr … [Read more...]

September 11, Eleven Years Later: A Tribute to My Uncle and the FDNY

Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly was among the Ladder Company 3 firefighters killed while trying to rescue others from the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

Sean Donnelly's uncle, Kevin Donnelly, was a lieutenant in the FDNY’s Ladder 3 Company and was killed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, after climbing 60 floors trying to save everyone he could.  Eleven years after that tragic day, Sean reflects on his uncle's heroism and sacrifice:The question, “Where were you on 9/11?” is echoing throughout America this week.  Well, I can describe every minute of that day, and the following week as well.That’s because my u … [Read more...]


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