Jerry Newcombe

He added, “We aren't hired by the Government to do outreach, but we aren't prohibited either (yet). We are not hired to be evangelists. We are allowed to do outreach as long as it doesn't conflict or interfere with the mission of the unit. We are allowed (and encouraged) to FREELY express our particular faith values in our preaching and counseling.”

He also noted, “Soldiers love Chaplains. So much that our recent enemies had bounties on Chaplains for as much as $50K. Soldiers will protect their Chaplains.”

One family that knows the high price of our freedom is Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents of Aaron Vaughn, a Navy Seal whose helicopter was shot down on August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan.

In a “Truth that Transforms” TV interview, Karen Vaughn told our viewers, “Memorial Day last year was probably one of the hardest days that we’ve suffered, probably worse than Christmas and Thanksgiving, Aaron’s birthday, anything, it was the hardest day and I think the reason why…was because it was the first time that we were personally affected by the cost of freedom.”

She added, “We thought that we understood what it cost. I can tell you until you’re personally affected by it, you cannot possibly understand what this freedom costs; and it does make us fight more to try to make people understand what’s being sacrificed on their behalf.”

A recent revelation that is very disturbing about that helicopter being shot down involves political correctness in the initial memorial service for the dead---the 38 dead, including Aaron and 29 other Americans, and eight Afghanis. On May 9, 2013, Larry Klayman, president of FreedomWatch, held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Billy and Karen Vaughn were among the speakers.

The press conference revealed the disturbing news that the imam our military chose to honor the fallen (in August 2011 in Afghanistan), speaking in Arabic, condemned the American soldiers as “sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire.” Thankfully, it is Jesus that has the final word on those matters. But must our military go down the path of political correctness?

I remember seeing a poignant political cartoon related to Memorial Day. It shows a man firing up his grill and going through his checklist of various items. It went along these lines: “Let’s see. I’ve got the hamburgers, the hot dogs, the buns, am I forgetting anything…?”

Arising out of the grill is the smoke, and in the smoke are the faces of fallen soldiers, men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom.

Freedom is not free, and it’s worth remembering that at Memorial Day, as well as all year round.

Jerry Newcombe

Dr. Jerry Newcombe is a key archivist of the D. James Kennedy Legacy Library and a Christian TV producer.