THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Governor. To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. TContinue Reading
After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.
He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.
He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.” TContinue Reading
Hundreds attended the memorial of Jordan Davis, 17 who was shot by Michael David Dunn at a gas station in Jacksonville.
It has not been nine months since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida. Now, another black teenager has been laid to rest after being killed under suspicious circumstances.
Michael David Dunn, the 45-year-old vice president of Dunn & Dunn Data Systems in Vero Beach, was in Jacksonville recently weekend for his son’s wedding. According to records, on Friday when Dunn, a gun collector, encountered Jordan Russell Davis, 17, a student at a Jacksonville magnet school, Samuel W. Wolfson High, in a SUV in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music. Davis and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice. TContinue Reading
Mark Baker, Pastor of Greater Works Than These Ministry Brunswick, GA stands in the center of volunteers assisting with the food outreach.
By ARTHIA NIXON Photos ANGELA FAVORS-MORRELL (Florida/Georgia Staff)
(BRUNSWICK) In the season and spirit of giving and being their brother’s keepers, Greater Works Than These Ministries did not wait until Thanksgiving to share with the community. This year, hundreds were fed as the result of the generosity extended as early as Sunday, leading up to the first true American holiday.
“There were literally hundreds of people who lined up and churches were there to assist,” said volunteer Fred Wrice. “Thank God they stepped in because based on the amount of people who came out, it is evident that we have to fill a void in the community. It literally brought tears to my eyes to see the amount of people who showed up on behalf of themselves and in some cases, on behalf of others who were physically unable to come and stand in the long lines.” TContinue Reading