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...]

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...]

Lopez Lomong: How do you spell “AMERICA”?

Lopez Lomong (second from right) racing at the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo credit: T. Banse/VOA)

In our first piece in the Lopez Lomong series on the Salt Shaker, we shared an overview of his story from World Vision.  Then, Lopez described his terrifying experience of being ripped away from his parents by rebel soldiers at the age of 6. After his kidnapping, Lopez was taken to a camp where boys were forced to become rebel soldiers, killing other people, or dying themselves.  From there, a series of miracles occurred. Lopez was befriended by three older boys in the camp, who rescued him and f … [Read more...]

From Sudanese “Lost Boy” to U.S. Olympian: The Story of Lopez Lomong

Lopez Lomong is a Sudanese-born American runner who proudly carried the U.S. flag in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will also compete in the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo: Andrea Peer/World Vision)

We are thrilled to highlight the story of Lopez Lomong, who is running with Team USA in the London 2012 Olympics. But behind his remarkable accomplishment is a turbulent — and inspiring — life story of danger, poverty, and ultimate redemption.  This South Sudan native is not only training hard to compete, but is also working tirelessly to bring help and hope to children and families in his home country who continue to struggle one year after the celebration of its independence.  My dream of … [Read more...]


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