Names on the Wall

Most Sundays, you’ll find OneOldCop singing in the choir at church. Exceptions are made for vacations, mission trips, and special family events. Memorial Day weekend 2018 was one of those family event weekends. Instead of being part of the worship service, I was sitting in the congregation of the Denton County Cowboy Church. It was the third time I’ve attended the church and the first on Memorial Day weekend.

This is a great little church with a down-home pastor and a passel of cowboys. Music, as one might expect, is provided by a worship team that would make any traditional country music fan proud, and if you’ve never heard “The Old Rugged Cross” offered up with a twang and a steel guitar, you’ve missed something special.

Today I am not talking about the sacrifice made on that old rugged cross. Pastor Tim does a great job of preaching the Gospel, and he did again on this Sunday. It was what happened before the sermon I want to mention here.

The church made a heartfelt effort to recognize those who sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. First, they recognized all veterans who survived their service, and then they recognized those who lost someone to war. It was tastefully and warmly done. They closed this part of the service with a solo from one of the men on the worship team singing George Jones’s, “50,000 Names.”

I would love to share a recording of that rendition. Unfortunately, I do not have one. Instead, I offer a video with George singing his song as a tribute to the men and women who died in Vietnam.

I do hope to have something else to publish on the May 30. That was the original Memorial Day until our mighty leaders in Congress decided three-day weekends were more important than the reasons for various holidays. Until then take a look at this.

50,000 Names

© AnOldSinner – 2018

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