Greater Love Hath No Man Than This

John 15:11 was the theme for the day!  “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones’s life for his friends.”

very year something ‘amazing’ happens with each group!  Of course this year is no exception! The class looked amazing as we headed out!  Suits, ties, dress pants, dress … nice!

The ceremony is such an incredible act of honor and it’s a GREAT honor to be chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Four students are chosen through the process of given a speech to their class on why they would like to have the honor of laying the wreath.  As usual, it’s very hard to pick the students but after the presentations were done, our team of four was: David Hannah, James Mata, Nathan Schami and Christian Schnucker.  The rest of the class gets dressed up as well because the four students are representing their class, Summit Christian Academy and last but certainly not even the least – Jesus Christ!

I videoed the whole ceremony and hope to be able to post it! The only blooper was, the Sargent of the Guard announced our name wrong… we are St. Christian Academy!  But the name on the wreath’s ribbon was correct  and in our hearts… we know who we are!

It is such a ‘moving’ ceremony and the opportunity is an honor beyond what I can comprehend at times.  When we were done this gentleman came over to our kids and said something to the effect of ‘

I’ve been watching it all morning, these four boys were the most respectful, the way you acted, and the way you were dressed.  Your whole group is so respectful, no one has shown the respect that you have.  I’m a Ranger myself and these men guarding this tomb are real soldiers and what they represent deserves a lot of respect.  Thank you!‘

We then visited other interesting sites at Arlington, and one of the groups got to see a burial in progress – horses/caisson/band/21 gun salute.

We spent the afternoon taking a break… finally … nice!

Tonight we visited the memorials:  WWII, Vietnam, Korean and Lincoln!

Deanna read the 2nd inaugural address  (she did a great job) , we prayed and then we spent time in our small groups talking through the day – reflecting on what has impacted us the most in these past 4 days!

Remarks  from a few of the students:

“Our nation was founded on Christian principles and we’ve gotten so far from it… then how that makes it difficult for them as a believer to stand up against it.”

“I thought I knew about sacrifice, but I don’t think I trul understood it.  It’s really been impactful to me to understand it. It’s affected me deeply.”

“Learning about our first President, the kind of man he was, makes me want to be a better person, to be someone like him. “

“Today was my favorite day so far!  All the things we experienced!”

I agree… and tomorrow is going to be a great day as well!  We get up and head out to Embassy Row to pray for people all over the world.  To pray for our country’s relationship with other nations.  To pray for the persecuted church all over the world.

After that we’ll head to Congressman Carter’s office and pray there, and then on to the Capitol Tour!

It’s been a great trip!  This is a great class!  And we serve a great God! HE is worthy of ALL our Praise!


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3 thoughts on “Greater Love Hath No Man Than This

  1. What an honor!

  2. Robin Horton

    I that God for young people like the student at SCA.

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