On August 1, 2001, Alabama Chief
Justice Roy S. Moore unveiled in the Rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building
in Montgomery, Alabama, a monument depicting the moral foundation of law. The
granite monument, depicting the Ten Commandments on top and quotations on each
of its four sides, reflect a historic tradition of the public acknowledgment of
God in America and under the Alabama Constitution.
Two months later, Chief Justice
Moore installed two plaques in the rotunda area: one, entitled the "Moral
Foundation of Law," portrayed quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., and
Frederick Douglass that recognized the role that God's higher law played in the
civil rights and anti-slavery movements; the other plaque was a bronze
depiction of the federal Bill of Rights.
Poem read by
Today we face
If I'm not upon
some distant shore,
You're against a
foe that you can't see,
But one as
ruthless as can be,
He'll take your
life and your children too,
He'll even say
that there is nothing you can do,
He'll make you
think that wrong is right,
Tis but a sign to
stand and fight,
And though we face
the wrath of Hell,
gates we shall prevail,
In homes and
schools across our land,
It's time for
Christians to take a stand,
And when our work
on this earth is done,
When the battle is
over and the victory is won,
When through all
the earth, His praise will ring,
And all the
heavenly angels sing,
It will be enough,
Just to see the Son!
And hear Him say,
My child, Well done,
You've kept my
faith, So strong and true,
I knew that I
could count on you.
Audie Leon Murphy (born: June 20,
1924. died May 28, 1971).
Audie Murphy is one of my heroes
because he demonstrated his courage and patriotism by his actions while in the
service. Like so many movie stars, he life was corrupted by drugs.
He fought the battle and overcame his addiction.
Audie Murphy is the most decorated
American soldier in the history of our country!
CITATION: 2d Lt. Murphy commanded
Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy
ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained
forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the
artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers
received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt.
Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the
advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt.
Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up
at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He
was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed
dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks,
losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried
every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his
position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his
right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his
fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed
fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company,
refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which
forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many
of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable
courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from
possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which
had been the enemy's objective.
Audie Leon Murphy, son of poor
Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat
soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards and decorations was the Medal of
Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any
individual in the United States of America, for "conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He also
received every decoration for valor that his country had to offer, some of them
more than once, including 5 decorations by France and Belgium. Credited with
either killing over 240 of the enemy while wounding and capturing many others,
he became a legend within the 3rd Infantry Division. Beginning his service as
an Army Private, Audie quickly rose to the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, was
given a "battle field" commission as 2nd Lieutenant, was wounded three times,
fought in 9 major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war.
During Murphy's 3 years active service as a combat soldier in World War II,
Audie became one of the best fighting combat soldiers of this or any other
century. What Audie accomplished during this period is most significant and
probably will never be repeated by another soldier, given today's high-tech
type of warfare. The U.S. Army has always declared that there will never be
another Audie Murphy. On 21 September, 1945, Audie was released from the Army
as an active member and reassigned to inactive status. During this same time,
actor James Cagney invited Murphy to Hollywood in September 1945, when he saw
Murphy's photo on the cover of Life Magazine. The next couple of years in
California were hard times for Audie Murphy. Struggling and becoming
disillusioned from lack of work while sleeping in a local gymnasium, he finally
received token acting parts in his first two films. His first starring role
came in a 1949 released film by Allied Artists called, Bad Boy. In 1950 Murphy
eventually got a contract with Universal-International (later called Universal)
where he starred in 26 films, 23 of them westerns over the next 15 years. His
1949 autobiography To Hell And Back was a best seller. Murphy starred as
himself in a film biography released by Universal-International in 1955 with
the same title. The movie, To Hell and Back, held the record as Universal's
highest grossing picture until 1975 when it was finally surpassed by the movie
Jaws. In the mid-60s the studios switched from contract players to hiring
actors on a picture-by-picture basis. Consequently, when his contract expired
in 1965 Universal did not renew. This gave him the opportunity to work with
other studios and independent film producers. In the 25 years that Audie spent
in Hollywood, he made a total of 44 feature films. Despite his success in
Hollywood, Audie never forgot his rural Texas roots. He returned frequently to
the Dallas area where he owned a small ranch for a while. He also had ranches
in Perris, California and near Tucson, Arizona. He was a successful
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racehorse owner and breeder, having interests in
such great horses as "Depth Charge." His films earned him close to 3 million
dollars in 23 years as an actor. Audie loved to gamble, and he bet on horses
and different sporting events. He was also a great poker player. In his role as
a prodigious gambler, he won and lost fortunes. Audie Murphy wrote some poetry
and was quite successful as a songwriter. He usually teamed up with talented
artists and composers such as Guy Mitchell, Jimmy Bryant, Scott Turner, Coy
Ziegler, or Terri Eddleman. Dozens of Audie Murphy's songs were recorded and
released by such great performers as Dean Martin, Eddy Arnold, Charley Pride,
Jimmy Bryant, Porter Waggoner, Jerry Wallace, Roy Clark, Harry Nilsson and
many, many others. His two biggest hits were Shutters and Boards and When the
Wind Blows in Chicago. Eddy Arnold recorded When the Wind Blows in Chicago for
his 1993 album Last of the Love Song Singers which is currently in release by
Audie suffered from what is now
known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and was plagued by insomnia and
depression. During the mid-60's he became dependent for a time on doctor
prescribed sleeping pills called Placidyl. When he recognized that he had
become addicted to this prescription drug, he locked himself in a motel room,
stopped taking the sleeping pills and went through withdrawal symptoms for a
week. Always an advocate for the needs of veterans, he broke the taboo about
discussing war related mental problems after this experience. In a effort to
draw attention to the problems of returning Korean and Vietnam War veterans,
Audie Murphy spoke-out candidly about his personal problems with PTSD, then
known as "Battle Fatigue". He publicly called for United States government to
give more consideration and study to the emotional impact war has on veterans
and to extend health care benefits to address PTSD and other mental health
problems of returning war vets. While on a business trip on May 28, 1971,
(Memorial Day Weekend) he was killed at the age of 46. A private plane flying
in fog and rain crashed in the side of a mountain near Roanoke, Virginia. Five
others including the pilot were also killed. Although Audie owned and flew his
own plane earlier in his career at Hollywood, he was among the passengers that
tragic day. On June 7th, Audie Murphy was buried with full military honors in
Arlington National Cemetery. His gravesite, near the Amphitheater, is second
most visited gravesite year round. President Kennedy's grave is the most
visited. In 1996 the Texas Legislature officially designated his birthday, June
20th, as Audie Murphy Day. On June 9, 1999 Governor George W. Bush, Texas made
a similar proclamation declaring June 20th to officially be Audie Murphy Day in
the state of Texas.
Information copied from web site:
Alan Walbridge Ladd, Jr., who
starred in the 1942 smash hit This Gun For Hire, was born on
September 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, Ark. to parents Ina Raleigh and Alan Ladd,
Sr. One of his best all-time movies was the heartwarming movie "Shane".
Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the
New York Yankees
Wins series 4 games to
These are the only living heroes
included in these pages, but their long, long efforts to achieve baseballs
greatest honor was finally achieved because these men and many others on the
Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team learned how to play together and learned
that they must depend on each other! There has never been a world series
with so many different players contributing to each
Todd Beamer & Jeremy
Died on September 11,
These men and others gave their
lives to prevent their hijacked plane from being crashed into buildings like
those of the World Trade Center!
I will remembered these men as a
patriots and freedom fighters!
April 23, 1968 - June 11,
Tim McVeigh was a soldier
fighting to identify the evils of our government!
He was willing to give his life
to bring out in public the evils of Ruby Ridge and
As one who gave his life for what
he believed, may God have mercy on his soul!
Timothy McVeigh says he is sorry
168 people died at his hands, but insists the blame rests on a U.S. government
bent on bullying its citizens. I am sorry these people had to lose their
lives, but that's the nature of the beast. It's understood going in what
the human toll will be. He said, what he did was necessary to defend the
personal freedom of all Americans and exact revenge for the disastrous
government raids at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. The bombing was
a legit tactic in a war against an out-of-control federal
I will remembered this man as a
The siege at Waco was the
defining event in his decision to retaliate against the government with the
bombing, which occurred two years to the day after the fiery end of the Texas
Roy Rogers & Dale
They were the perfect
example. Real stars and heroes!
Please read about their lives in
the links below.
The Official Roy
Roger & Dale Evans Web Site
1920 - 1999
Nashville, Tennessee - March 29th
He was born Jackson Brock Speer on
the 28th of December 1920.
1926 - 1999
Franklin, Tennessee - October 15th
1982 - 1999
Columbine High School - April 20 th
Cassie's Mother's Story
The killer pointed his gun at
Cassie Bernall and asked her the life-or-death question:
"Do you believe in
She looked at the young man, and
answered. "Yes, I believe in God."
That was the last thing this 17
year old Christian would ever say.
The gunman asked her
She had no time to answer before
she was shot to death.
Cassie is my latest Hero and heroes
are hard to come by today.
To the world, the happening at
Columbine HS, was only a great tragedy.
As Christians, Cassie made it a day
of great pride in her and her stand of faith.
Cassie is a shining example of a
With a gun pointed at her
She professed her belief in
And in the next instant was ushered
into the arms of Jesus,
Where He wiped away her
And she was filled with
As she heard these precious
Spoken by our dear
Matt 25:21 " Well done, thou good
and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (KJV)
Cassie is one of the newest martyrs
for the Christian faith.
She will not be the
God grant us the courage to stand
as Cassie did,
When it becomes our turn to take a
stand for our God.
John Wayne - (The Duke)
Marion Michael Morrison / Marion
1907 - 1979
He was born "Marion Robert
Morrison" on May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, to Clyde L. and Mary A. Morrison.
A real American
1936 - 1991
Michael Landon was born Eugene
Maurice Orowitz on Oct. 31, 1936.
I applaud Michael Landon for the
type of rolls that he chose in his professional career. Like so many
actors in Hollywood, he didn't live the same kind of life that he acted out on
Bonanza, House on the Prairie or Highway to Heaven. He was unfaithful to
his wives and even though he only lived a few blocks from his mother and
sister, he had no contact with them. When they would find out his phone
number, he would have it changed. He did help them financially but his
private life was almost exactly the opposite of his professional
I applaud Michael Landon for the
image that he presented to the public. He was an awesome
Michael Landon died on July 1, 1991
of pancreatic cancer.
1908 - 1997
Jimmy Stewart was born Jimmy
Maitland Stewart on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania and passed away on
July 2, 1997.
My favorite movies are "Shenandoah"
and "A Wonderful Life".
The title of the song that is
playing is "Serenaded by Angels."
Words & Music were written by Kirk
Music used by permission of Kirk
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Music Played by Juanita Vick
Click here to see the words of the