Two Heroes From “The Greatest Generation” George Bush and Bob Dole

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. To me, this pictures speaks volumes of “The Greatest Generation”. While they had been political allies and rivals, it was their service to our country that brings a smile to my face.

This week, with the passing of President George Bush, we have heard quite a bit of information about him flying numerous combat missions and about the time he was shot down by the Japanese, during WW II.

Bob Dole served on the other side of the globe during WW II. He suffered permanent injuries when he was hit by German machine gun fire near Castel d’Aiano in the Apennine mountains southwest of Bologna, Italy.

When I look at the picture above, there are several things that come into my mind.

First is that there is an American patriot and hero laying in State in a coffin covered by a flag that both Bush and Dole sacrificed greatly for.

Next, I see another American patriot and hero being helped to stand out of his wheelchair.

Also, you see a left-handed salute (salutes are to be given with the right hand). You see, Dole can not salute with his right hand due to the injuries mentioned earlier.

Bob Dole paid the ultimate respect between two veterans, first by standing when it is nearly impossible for him to do at this point in his life, and then rendering a salute the only way possible – with his left hand.

This is a very proud moment in American history and a memory that I have that will last a lifetime.

Ed Boston

Bob Dole

 

 

Paying Honor and Respect To President George H. W. Bush

Later today on a special edition of the weekly Ed Boston Podcast, we will be paying honor to the 41st President of the United States – George Herbert Walker Bush. Below are several links that we will be using on this special podcast.

George HW Bush Honor

George H.W. Bush, ‘Kinder and Gentler’ President, Dies at 94

10 Things to Know about George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush, the dad: A look at his family life

George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, is honored: ‘Mission complete’

Memories of Former President George H.W. Bush with the Grahams

Remembering Former President George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush to lie in state in US Capitol

 

Ed Henry From Fox News Remembers President George H. W. Bush On The Ed Boston Podcast

George Bush Arrives in Heaven

Friend of the podcast, Ed Henry from Fox News returns to the podcast to help us remember the life of President George H. W. Bush. Listen to the interview “On Demand” by clicking this link to iHeartRadio.

Here is Ed’s bio from FoxNews.com:

Ed Henry currently serves as Fox News Channel’s (FNC) chief national correspondent. He joined the network in June 2011 and is based in Washington, D.C.

Most recently in 2018, Henry earned widespread praise for his hard hitting interviews with campaign advisor for President Donald Trump Katrina Pierson, and then-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt. Additionally, he provided live coverage from Helsinki, Finland during President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin.

During the 2016 election, Henry reported on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while covering the campaign trail and making national headlines for his questioning during a news conference. Throughout his tenure at FNC, Henry has covered all major news stories involving President Barack Obama and his administration as FNC’s chief White House correspondent.

Previously, he covered the 2013 government shutdown and the National Security Administration (NSA) leaks involving the former NSA government contractor Edward Snowden and the NSA’s wide-ranging surveillance activities, the 2012 presidential election where he was on the campaign trail with President Barack Obama and the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012. Additionally, Henry has interviewed former President Bill Clinton on Nelson Mandela’s legacy after his death in 2013 and former Israeli President Shimon Peres about Iran’s nuclear program. Henry served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2012-2013.

Prior to joining FNC, Henry was at CNN from 2004-2011 where he served as the network’s senior White House correspondent and congressional correspondent. Additionally, he began his career working as a Senate correspondent at Roll Call for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jack Anderson and later became a senior editor there. Henry also served as the chief political analyst for WMAL-AM (ABC) and a contributing editor at Washingtonian Magazine. Previously, he was a political analyst at C-SPAN and WUSA-TV (CBS 9).

The recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress and the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for excellence in presidential coverage under deadline in 2008.

Henry graduated from Sienna College with a B.A. in English.

 

Heroes Killed in Afghanistan Named

We would like to ask those who read this post here on EdBoston.com to join with us as we pray for the memory of these brave heroes as well as comfort for their families and loved ones.

 

US servicemen killed in Afghanistan bomb attack identified

The Pentagon on Wednesday released the names of three servicemen killed a day earlier in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, age 29, of Lexington, Virginia; Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, age 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington; and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, age 25, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania. died of injuries sustained in the attack in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni Province, southwest of the capital, Kabul.

You can read the complete story by clicking on this FoxNews.com link.

John Schneider Comments on Roy Clark’s Passing

Country music legend Roy Clark passed away today and we have the full story at the bottom of the page.

Early next week, TV legend and Country Music star – John Schneider will be a guest on the Ed Boston Podcast. The following statement from John was just released by his publicist.

John Schneider Comments on the Passing of Country Music Icon Roy Clark

Thursday, November 15, 2018 — John Schneider has issued a statement on today’s passing of Country Music icon, Roy Clark:“Roy was an amazing talent whose smile and dexterity on a guitar would always light up the biggest of rooms. His down-home way of making the most difficult of licks and runs seem almost possible for us mere mortals will be missed on every fret board from here to the ends of the earth.” — John Schneider

Watch this classic footage of Schneider and Clark together on Hee Haw:

Schneider spent the past few months competing on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. He will return for the finale on Monday, November 19 to perform his latest single (“Walk A Mile In My Shoes”) live.

About John Schneider:

John Schneider’s extensive acting career includes the iconic roles of “Bo Duke” on The Dukes of Hazzard, “Jonathan Kent” on Smallville and “Jim Cryer” on his current OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) series, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots – the #1 primetime series on cable on Tuesday nights.

Schneider is also a celebrated country music artist with 10 albums to his credits and 4 #1 singles on the Billboard Country chart. This year, he launched an ambitious 52-song project, The Odyssey, releasing a song a week throughout 2018. In addition, he will drop a Greatest Hits album and Christmas EP before year’s end.

It’s also worth noting that John co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network – a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues. Founded in 1983, they have raised more than $4.7 billion dollars, which is distributed directly to a network of 170 hospitals.

For more information, download the free John Schneider App or visit the official website at JohnSchneiderStudios.co

More on Roy Clark from our friend Trevor Decker.

Country Music Icon Roy Clark Dies at 85

Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMYCMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capital of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

Read the complete post here: https://trevordecker.com/2018/11/15/country-music-icon-roy-clark-dies-85/

Roy Clark

10/29/18 – The Weekly Ed Boston Podcast

On our weekly podcast at iHeartRadio,  Pastor Ed Boston will be talking about the following topics:

The horrible murders at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Hate in the country

Migrant caravan

Mail Bombs

Mid Terms

His interview with Survivor cast member Rupert talking about Rupert’s Kids

Again, here is the link to this episode of the Weekly Ed Boston Podcast:
https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Ed-Boston-Podcast-N-29542050/episode/synagogue-shooting-caravan-coming-to-our-30073135/

Prayers for Those Injured and the Families of Those Who Lost Loved Ones at the Synagogue In Pittsburgh

Once again tragedy has struck our country, this time in the form of a mass shooting at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the Jewish Sabbath. Satan and his followers are rejoicing today as those of us who believe in the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob mourn the senseless loss of lives.

We pray for the families and friends of the 11 victims who were murdered as well as for the healing and speedy recovery of those who were injured. We also lift up those who were there and were not injured physically but mentally and for the first responders who were on the scene.

I will be talking in depth about this situation on the weekly Ed Boston Podcast on Monday.

 

Pastor Ed Boston

Statements About and Funeral Information For Barbara Bush

Statement from President George H W Bush:

Former President George H.W. Bush, who held his wife’s hand all day Tuesday before she died, released his first statement following Barbara Bush’s death through his spokesman Wednesday.

“I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that fact,” Bush said in the statement. “But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up. We have faith she is in heaven, and we know life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list.”

Statement from President George W. Bush

My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.

Statement from Jeb Bush

“I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush.”

White House Statement on Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away yesterday in Houston, Texas. She was 92. Along with Abigail Adams, Mrs. Bush is one of only two First Ladies in American history to see a child follow her husband to the U.S. Presidency.

The White House released this statement last night:

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush.

The U.S. flag will fly at half-staff until sunset of the day that Mrs. Bush is laid to rest.

Karen and I send our deepest sympathies to President Bush and the entire Bush family with the passing of Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush was a woman of unique strength and grace whose devotion to her family was an inspiration to every American. Mrs. Bush’s example in public life and her encouragement made a lasting impact on our family, as it did on the families of millions of Americans, and she will be missed. We offer our deepest condolences to the entire Bush family during this difficult time and we will be praying for all who mourn the passing of this good and great woman. God bless Barbara Bush.

Our hearts are with the Bush family as we celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Barbara Bush.  Throughout her life, she put family and country above all else.  Her dedicated service to the American people was matched only by her compassion and love of family.  She was a woman of strength and we will always remember her for her most important roles of wife, mother, and First Lady of the United States.  My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with the Bush family as we honor her legacy.

Funeral and Celebration of Life Information

Thursday, April 19th – Celebration of Mrs. Bush’s Life

Mayor Turner and the City of Houston are planning a celebration of Mrs. Bush life Thursday evening at City Hall. Details will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday). Please check with the Mayor’s press office for more details.

Friday, April 20th – Lying in Repose

All members of the general public wishing to pay their respects to Mrs. Bush may do so this Friday, April 20th, as she lay in repose between noon and midnight at St. Martin’s Church at 717 Sage Road in Houston. Important: everyone must first go to the Second Baptist Church campus at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and go through security. Please enter the parking lots using Voss Road. Metro is providing shuttles to transport citizens, including those with disabilities, to and from St. Martin’s. The parking lot at Second Baptist will open at 10am, and shuttles will start running at 11:30am.

Please note:

  • You may not drive or walk up to St. Martin’s Church. 
  • Large, over-sized purses and bags are not permitted.
  •  Out of respect for Mrs. Bush and her family, please turn off all cellular devices and refrain from taking photos. 

Saturday, April 21st – Funeral Service

The funeral service for Mrs. Bush is by invitation only. All invited guests must first go to the Second Baptist Church campus at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and go through security. Please enter parking lot using Voss Road. The parking lot at Second Baptist will open at 8am on Saturday, and shuttles start running at 8:30am. Metro is providing shuttles to transport citizens, including those with disabilities, to and from St. Martin’s.

Please note:

  • You may not drive or walk up to St. Martin’s Church. 
  • Large, over-sized purses and bags are not permitted.
  • Out of respect for Mrs. Bush and her family, please turn off all cellular devices and refrain from taking photos. 

 

Following the funeral service, the Bush family will depart via motorcade through Memorial Park en route to the Bush Library in College Station.