Memorial Day…. 2013

Dad6My father who is about to turn 93 and is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, served in WWII where he was a captain in the infantry. He landed on the beaches of France in the D-day invasion and was wounded there, shipped back to England for 6 weeks and then rejoined his division. He fought from hedgerow to hedgerow, in soggy fields, dense forests, liberating villages, pushing back the Nazis and then marched into Paris.
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, which was the Nazis last stand before they were thankfully defeated. He was awarded two purple hearts, the Bronze star, and other medals.

No one de-programmed him when he came back from the horrors that he had seen, “over there.” He married my mother dressed in his uniform. There is a picture that I have of him when he arrived back in the states, where Dad looks disturbed and troubled, and it’s not hard to imagine what images, that were forever burned in his memory, he was trying to process, to come to terms with, from the war. He never talked about the war when my brother and I were kids, however on the 60 year anniversary he opened up, for the first time about it. I talked to him for well over an hour and heard stories that I had never heard before. He told me how he won the Bronze star. There was a field in France and the Germans were hunkered down on the other side of it. My father was told to have his men attack the position. He led a charge across that field and from what I gathered the fighting was fierce and bloody, and there was hand to hand combat. It was the only time in my 60 years that he was able to talk about the war without breaking down.

When my daughter called him a few years ago, before the onset of Alzheimer’s, and interviewed him about the war for an assignment that she was working on for a high-school history class, he lasted less than two minutes before breaking down completely, handing the phone to my mother, collapsing in a chair and crying bitterly.
He has carried those memories all of his adult life. They have troubled him in his sleep in the form of recurring nightmares, stolen the joy and innocence of his youth, and perhaps, as some recent studies seem to indicate, brought on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. My father was/is a hero, and as each year passes and the numbers of those who fought on the beaches of France and liberated Europe grow less what happened becomes a distant memory….

We are still fighting in Afghanistan, and this war has lasted longer than WWII. Our president has deployed our blood and treasure in Libya and elsewhere, and defied his Constitutional obligation to bring the matter before Congress. Suicide rates are apparently rising in those who return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Last Christmas my wife and I were dinning with a friend whose son is a marine and was on leave. He told us of a village that was shelled and of the accidental civilian casualties that had occurred. He broke down at the table and wept.

When the King returns, we are told that men will not learn war any more. That is one of the many promises that await us in the future. The return of the King is what we should hope for, as the ravages of war and the blood of untold millions, spilled on the ground, down through the centuries, cries out… Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus….

51 thoughts on “Memorial Day…. 2013

  1. Thank you for sharing your father’s story. I have the utmost respect for all those who have served our country, coming from a family steeped in military service. Both my grandfathers, now passed away, served during World War II–one of them was stationed on a ship in the Pacific that was attacked by Japanese kamikazes.

    Yesterday I encountered some World War II veterans standing outside a grocery store, handing out paper flowers, so I approached one of them and spoke to him briefly, thanking him for his service to our country. Many thanks to your father as well, and all those like him, who endured untold horror, and even laid down their lives, for the sake of liberty. May we never forget their sacrifice.

  2. L. A.,
    Thank you for sharing about your dad. My dad, too is a WWII veteran with dimentia. He will be 89 this year and is now living in a Veterans Home. He was in and out of France just before the Normandie invasion. My husband also is a Vietnam veteran. Both of them have had to deal with the aftermath of war. I pray that today, and everyday, we tell them how much we appreciate them and their sacrifice of service. I am also reminded to be thankful for another Sacrifice, Our Lord and Savior who helps us all through the deepest and darkest trenches of life. As Corrie Ten Boom once said “There is no pit so deep as He is not deeper still”. Even so, Come Lord Jesus!

    • Corrie Ten Boom, via “Common Sense Not Needed”

      from the intro: “Before World War II, I started a work to bring the gospel to the mentally disabled people who were not in institutions. They were not able to go to church: they could not understand the sermon. But did they not need the Lord Jesus, just like you and I do? … Everyone needs the Holy Spirit to understand spiritual truths. I found that when we taught the gospel in an uncomplicated way, the Holy Spirit did not need a high I.Q. to reveal Himself.”

      from the chapter: “Hypnosis?” … “Your work among the mentally disabled is nothing more than hypnosis,” people told me. “They have no common sense, and no criticism. They just believe whatever you tell them.” “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” I answered.

      from the afterward: “Finally, Brethren–!” … “I reached only a few of the handicapped in one town in one small country. Besides this group of people, there all all the emotionally disturbed, the shell-shocked, and those suffering from mental illness. What difficult problems are these that I have not touched upon! The woman with seven demons was a difficult problem. Did Jesus not succeed?”

  3. Natalina of Extraordinary Intelligence points to LA as part of her testimony… (about 1 hour in)
    “” (Derek Gilbert interview 5-26-13)


  4. To all who serve and have served our Country, Thank you. To all who served and gave their lives for freedom, words cannot convey enough gratitude. May the crosses that mark the graves of our fallen NEVER be replaced or removed!!! Freedom is not Free. Freedom comes with a price – and a high price tag at that. We must honor that price today, and make good on what it has bought us. Thank you veterans (those fallen and still living) for the FREEDOM (or at least what’s left of it) you have sacrificed to make possible for us. Bless you all this Memorial Day

    “Give Peace Almighty God, to the men and women who have given their blood in defense of freedom and ideals upon which our Country was founded.”
    General George Washington Aug 7th, 1782

  5. Didn’t know your dad had full fledged Alzheimer’s, Pastor.

    Awesome blog. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    “Thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough to express to heroes like your father. What a legacy. God bless you and yours. 🙂

  6. Oh, L.A., this Memorial Day bun is particularly poignant……how many of us could tell similar stories about our fathers? They went through such horrible things and yet came back to hold those things back and shield their children? We all sensed that they were haunted but they still went about the everyday business of being a daddy and husband. The heroism of that is amazing.
    My dad would never talk and died with his secrets but we have gleaned a bit. He never ever wore shorts so I only saw his leg once or twice but it was a mass of burned scar tissue and all we know is that it was from aircraft fuel and he was in a jungle when it happened. A story that he took to his grave. He would tell odds and ends of things that he could make a lighter tale of, like standing in line in the mud waiting for a cup of room (or jungle) temp water that had soaked with coffee over night because they could not build a fire and he wondered if the boric acid that he had used his canteen cup for to treat a sty would make him sick since there was not enough spare water to rinse it out. He would actually chuckle and say, “I guess it was okay, I’m still here!” It never seemed funny to me!!!!!
    That generation was not allowed the luxury of having treatment for PTSD unless they were the ones who snapped completely and they called them “shell shocked” and were abandoned by society as crazy old men. The rest came back and made homes and families without a whimper. I am truly humbled when I think of that.
    And now your bun has reminded me of the story I have mentioned here before……on his death bed he was weeping and crying out, “The children, Oh God, the children”
    That haunts me, was it children in the past, was it us, was it his grandchildren? Or was it children in a vision of times to come?
    Rest in peace all you heroes until Jesus comes to raise you up and wipes away those heroically unshed tears!

  7. Bless him and you for sharing that la!! we are overlooking our troops badly anymore and the gov. treats them like discarded trash when they’re done with them.

  8. Guys this was just sent out by a preacher on youtube but i went to the link he had up and got it straight from the horses mouth. IF ANYONE has anyway to get this man to me ill feed him with the foodstamps the Lord just helped me get and he can wear my clothes my mother just got me a few things but he deserves them far more! Please anyone in that area that can help this man do so if you cant then call someone near him maybe and me “with the LORDS help” will see that he atleast is fed and under shelter. Its not much but a very small trailer but it has an extra room or 2 if need be i can sleep on the couch if he has friends that need help too! This is what we are called to do THIS RIGHT HERE!

    PLS watch this its very short.

    • He is in Chicago, Faithful. Closer to me but still so far. I am afraid to go near that viper pit when we are so close to judgement and I am sure there are so many like him who have truly just fallen on hard times but the ones who abuse the system get all the press. God bless you for being willing to give your widower’s mite to him. Let’s all add him and others like him to our loooong prayer lists. Sometimes prayer is our most powerful tool to help. My prayer is that someone who is near him will see it and offer him a job. He seems to sincerely want one…….But I know if he ever manages to get away from Chicago and makes it to an area where I might be…(Hey, stranger things have happened! 🙂 )…..I will help him, can’t offer him a job but I know people. I can give him food and a place to rest……… and tell him it is from your heart and the Holy Spirit!

    • There’s help. Just that close. If we only knew how close…

      Like at the Old Lighthouse in Chicago…

      So our prayers can be about hooking up those who are ready with those who have the need…

    • What a great site, Nome! But…..reading the statistics reminded me of a comedian years ago who was talking about the starving in someplace in Africa and he said, “Don’t send food, send luggage. It is a desert for God’s sake!”

    • Ladies, Elaine and Barbara, You’re both very welcome! As part of Pacific Garden Mission, (the longest running radio program ever), “Unshackled!” has certainly greatly blessed me over the years.

      Finding the testimonies of veterans, policemen, and missionaries, right alongside those that were homeless, addicts, and outcasts is a living testimony of Christ’s rescues and vigilance.

      By His Spirit, the Captain of the Host, Jesus Christ — is always on night watch, and always deployed ever vigilant. There’s no call to go it alone.

  9. Thank you for sharing, and thank you Mr Marzulli for serving, you paid a heavy price for us all. With gratitude we acknowledge your service for us today. A brave soldier, may we emulate his fortitude as we cover a battlefield of a different kind.

  10. There was an outstanding Memorial Day concert on the mall in D.C., televised on National Public Broadcasting last night. It might be repeated today, or you could find it on NPR’s website. More stories of heroism and of the horrors of war, back to WWII, but also uplifting music by great musical artists. Touching story about Charles Durning, the movie star who died this year, who won three Purple Hearts and several other medals for his service in WWII. This is a great program. Some of the music is even Christian, the best and highest of Christian music prior to rock. One highlight is Alfie Boe singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Miz, which is a Christian musical, at least in the form I saw it on NPR, the 25th Anniversary presentation from London with Alfie Boe. The great hymn “The Mansions of the Lord” is presented by the tenor Ronen Tynan. And others whose names I missed.

  11. Got to flip the weasel alert button on behalf of Cris Putnam here.

    This is sad. Pray for Barry Chamish.


  12. The horrors of war, and the damage it does to the warriors, can never be overstated. Thank you for sharing this LA, and a deep heartfelt thank you to all the veterans this day and every day. God bless you all. Even so, come Lord Jesus, come.

  13. LA,
    Thank the Lord above for people like your father, who were brave and self sacrificing enough to beat back the Nazi menace and defend our way of life. My grandfather was in WWII as well…..I’m very proud of all of our veterans. They gave up everything so we could have what matters most: Freedom! Thanks for sharing the story in the blog yesterday!

  14. This is so sad and so prevalent. The horrid thing too is as bad as WWII was these wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan are worse because there are no clear cut lines. They are not taking territories and keeping them they are simply killing and moving on and there is no rhyme or reason to it. The only reason for it is to keep our military away from home so that when the police state happens and they are going door to door to confiscate guns and the civil war here breaks out, our fighting men who might stand with us will not be home to do so. Thats when the Russian and Chinese troops training over here will step up happily to mow our people down. They are planning an invasion anyway so this gives them a foot in the door. The dark principalities and powers behind all this pulling the strings of the puppets at the top, making them dance their way right into hell.

    Yah bless and protect our heroes from every era as these poor men and now women are trying to do what is right and good. They have no idea what they are getting into until it is too late. Sadly, there is NO justified war that we are in.

  15. dreamed on satureday about a very destructive long lasting shaking mashing earthquake, cars on suspension bridge falling into sea, bridge gone as well massive destruction, in the air looking down from a place of safety

  16. Thank you for sharing LA. That really touched my heart. My Dad is a retired Marine. My brother a war veteran and currently serving as a Marine. I am married to a Marine who’s to be deployed soon. I can’t stress enough how honorable it is to serve in our military. At the same time I can’t stress enough have stressful it is. We have been witnesses to suicide. We have been witnesses to loss of life during training and war. The possibility of death is the elephant in the room. Your having a BBQ with your fellow Marines and Marine families…..not knowing if this is the last memory you’re going to have of them. Thank you to everyone who has served and are serving. Thank you to the families who have sacrificed so much to show support and love.

    • Dear Kristen:
      Hope all is well with you and yours. Still praying for your marriage as God is directing me. God the Father loves you very much and also loves marriage.He wants you to watch for a miracle soon. All the best.

    • Thank you Truth! This had been a trying few weeks. Yet beautiful at the same time. I do feel God pressing on my heart the past week. Spending time with him has to become priority.

  17. “”

    This is some kind of big time transhumanist convention coming in a few weeks on June 15-15 in NY at the Lincoln Center.

    Russ Dizdar just confirmed that he’s going to go there and I’m betting he’s going in with a reep team or some support. Please pray for Russ and any other Christians that go into this thing and that the Lord’s truth and the Gospel permeate throughout.

  18. Sidenote to Matt, Ffe, etc. re: cryptid camouflage (…and BEKs, squatch, grays, hybrids, supersoldiers, shapeshifters, etc.)

    If I were going to splice in some DNA to conceal the appearance of a cryptid hybrid — I’d definitely include chromatophore / iridophore genes in the skin. The capability is frankly astonishing.

    “” (cuttlefish)
    “” (octopus)

    Could also be that’s what we’re seeing with orbs, apparitions, and such. BEKs mimicking kids might be just one of many guises, (which is another slant on the halloween costumes thing). Masking their smell might be a much harder problem. So… catchin’ squatch could require detecting camo coverings. note: ghilly suit. “”

    Of course, there’s all that blue skinned or green skinned reptilian tie-in as a trope. Like mystique in x-men….

    Much as “glow genes” have been spliced into more and more critters these days, (not to mention the tens of thousands that have them in the deep), I’d bet “chromo camo” is high on the list for new stealth warfare gene tech. Which the rebels may already have, and have had since the start…. and especially regarding the nephilim.

    The wheat and tares matter could point to actual physical as well as spiritual or behavioral appearances! Can’t say I welcome the thought of such capabilities in insects or snakes…. much less dragons.

    Re: ptsd, could be that folks don’t talk about things they didn’t quite see, as well as seeing too much.

    • Also i thought after our conversation this morning about the other 2 i know with discernment equal to or above what i have as far as visual….One is a devout luciferian the other is a muslim and then theres me and i stand for the Lord. The enemy either bestows his own form of mockeried gifts or the others are using theirs for the wrong thing. Idk.

    • As I recall, both Russ Dizdar and LA Marzulli have as part of their testimony that their “third eye was opened” while they were off into buddhism (RD) and the guru delusion (LA), respectively. Of course, they want us to see their side and plug into their channel.

      That’s what the devil kept trying with Jesus during the temptation, same old trick as with Eve, “just look at it my way.” And as for misusing their gifts… very much like balaam… he managed to corrupt himself. Samson… King Saul… Solomon… pick a televangelist…

      I hear the cautions of 1st Corinthians 13… whatever we do in our gifts… without lovingkindness, it means nothing. Which resonates so strongly with Christ’s instruction, “without me you can do nothing.”

      I reckon another part of Growing into the full stature of Christ and wearing the Whole Armor of God… is see as He see’s, to sense as He senses, and to share His compassion.

      The world may have google glass… and the wicked their mark & gog… but they don’t have the mind of Christ, nor are they led by His Spirit.

      The possessed are completely taken over. MPD’s have demon infested sub-personalities trying to multitask them… no surprise they turn into homicide-suicides.

      Through the Holy Spirit, Christ shares His faculties and abilities with us. And will shut what cults and gurus have opened.

      Isaiah 42
      16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
      17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. 18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
      19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?
      20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
      21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
      22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
      23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?

  19. I hate to come on here La and do this but im so upset i cant stand it. I go around trying to warn people of what theyre chasing after, especially these new agers and ghost hunters. I just got a nasty email from 3 different people that dont deny what im showing them. well one does but the others think that im nuts because they cant be evil… no thats just not possible. Because they made their little light boxes flicker or because they answered an evp question….o ya no kidding. Well thats what id do to. Id answer you id mix most of it with lies so deep youd never know what to think and thats what these demons do. But will they listen oooo no. Theyre either ascended masters (orbs), aliens (fallen angel manifestations), OR im just nuts and they cant see what im pointing right out in direct inches and centimeters from certain focal points on the screen! BAH! Sorry to vent. Hate to do it but now you see how easy the strong delusion is going to be. These poor souls are going to run straight for the lie with both arms open wide and straight into the maw of hell. Unless the LORD opens their eyes that is. GOD bless you all!

  20. Soldiers and Jesus…

    There’s another memorial to consider — one we may well be part of…

    Revelation 6
    9 …I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held….
    11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    Revelation 7
    9 …I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands…
    13 And one of the elders answered, saying…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

    Revelation 20
    4 …I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

    Hebrews 11
    32 And what shall I more say? … 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

    Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-26, “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    Hebrews 2
    9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
    10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren….

  21. Amen, LA. When the King of Peace arrives there will be no comparison between that day and even what we are experiencing today. We see and feel the darkness around us. It’s a horrid slime of vileness that is everywhere. I look at my brothers and sisters in Christ at a baptism today. I think I saw maybe one out of the fifty that appeared to have real joy. Everyone else seemed bored and ready to move on to their dinners. Yes, they made the token appearance …because they were expected to be there. No true joy behind their eyes. How can they, but do they even realize that they don’t have joy? That’s the question I keep coming back to. In my opinion, so many here have not had a true joy that they wouldn’t know it if they were shaking hands with it (joy). A substitution was placed in front of them. They were told “this is joy” and they accepted it. I long for the day of my King. I long for his peace. I think of those like your father and my grandfather who experienced the bitterness of war and my heart breaks. Every life taken, stolen or twisted is a life stolen from my Father. Let us cry out until He shall Rend the heavens and come down!

  22. L.A Thanks for sharing about your father, he truly is a great man….The pain he has had to carry all these years surely have taken a toll, Like you I long for the King of Peace to return and heal all of his children that love him with an everlasting love.

  23. Beautiful post. My father too served in Belgium…. He was in charge of sending home the remains of his fellow combatants..he used to have nightmares about the hundreds of bodybags he was called on to process. He was a sensitive Christian and suffered emotionally..he stayed in the Air Force for 35 years. Died in Christ in 2003.
    Thank-you for your sensitive post.

  24. Thank you for sharing this very touching story about your wonderful dad. He is an amazing man and a true hero. May God richly bless him now and in eternity. God bless you and Peggy for your dedication to the kingdom of God.

  25. May the Lord bless you and your family LA….just wanted to share with everyone something I came across a few months ago. Please watch the video and share with others that have diabetes…alzheimer…etc…

    “Coconut Oil Cure Alzheimer And More | Huile de Coco Un Remède Contre l’Alzheimer…”


    I suggest Pure Organic Unrefined (processed) in a GLASS JAR not plastic…buy from heath food store not a box store shown in the video. Yes, it will cost alittle more but well worth it!

    Seek Him daily…God Bless

  26. note for the record:

    The Huacas de Moche (the mounds of the pre-Incan, Moche culture) in Peru have terracing that looks a lot like the mounds in Ohio.

    “” (Huaca de la Luna)
    “” (Warfare and Human Sacrifice in the Moche World)
    “” (BBC Horizons Moche)

    “” (Monk’s Mound, Cahokia)

  27. And in “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” (**) news…

    EU drops embargo on arms to Syrian rebels.
    McCain visits Syrian Rebels
    France is analyzing samples of suspected Syrian WMDs
    John Kerry is making empty(*) promises of $4 Billion to the Palestinians
    Jordan’s King Abdullah is promising a 2 State Solution to the Palestinians,
    – notably to Abbas who also spoke — at the World Economic Forum

    * – “”
    (same type of global group finance scheme that was used to supposedly fund the Superconducting Super Collider, that was never paid by foreign “partners”)

    ** – Yeat’s “Second Coming”

    • Arms Dealers Bonanza. (Russian counterpart to Patriot missiles.)

      Russia is shipping S-300 missiles to Syria. Supposedly for air defense.
      “” 5-38-13

      All other reports have been based on leaks by unnamed intelligence and
      diplomatic sources, including, most recently, in the prominent Russian daily
      Kommersant and the Wall Street Journal, which said last week that the deal
      includes four S-300 batteries and 144 missiles and has a price tag of $900
      million, with deliveries to begin, possibly, by late summer. (One S-300
      missile system is estimated by experts to cost some $115 million, plus $1
      million or so per missile.)

      “” (brief)

  28. Please Be On The Lookout For — Russ Dizdar.

    He was a no show for class last night on blogtalk or skype. And usually says something on his facebook account.


  29. Odd thing bothering me this morning! A man came into my shop last Friday asking about foam to line his kayak. I am a picture framer in a store called Elaine’s Framing with 4 very clear signs and windows full of framed art……hmmm, I told him he would have better luck 3 doors down at the upholstery shop and he looked surprised and said, “Oh, that is what I thought this was!” and he left.
    Huh?????? How could he mistake me for the shop with furniture fabric and foam rubber in their window?????
    Now on Tuesday morning the local TV news is all about a man missing on the river who was last seen kayaking. Wow……no way of knowing at this point and there are hundreds of people kayaking around here over the holiday but I keep wondering if I might have missed a cue from God and if I should have somehow found a way to engage him in more of a conversation and witnessed to him.
    All I can get from this is that we should all be looking for every opportunity to talk about Jesus! Maybe the wrong store was supposed to be the one where he got what he really needed and only thought he was shopping for foam rubber.

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