Mother of First SEAL to Lose His Life In Operation Iraqi Freedom Tells Ed Young Jr.’s Fellowship Church ‘I Knew God Hadn’t Changed… He Would Get Me Through This’

(PHOTO: SCREENSHOT/EDYOUNGSERMONS.COM) Gold Star mom Debbie Lee speaks at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, for a Memorial Day service on Sunday, May 24, 2015.
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Gold Star mom Debbie Lee speaks at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, for a Memorial Day service on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Debbie Lee, mother of the first Navy SEAL to give his life in Iraq, spoke at Ed Young Jr.’s Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday, urging greater education on the meaning of Memorial Day and for congregants to reach out to Gold Star families.

Lee’s son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom in August of 2006. Lee was killed in Ramadi while exposing himself to enemy fire as a medical team evacuated a wounded Navy SEAL. Lee was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.

“I’ve been on a campaign for probably eight or nine years to try and educate people about Memorial Day,” Lee declared. “Memorial Day is not Veterans Day. It is not Armed Forces Day. This is not the time we corporatlly or nationally recognize our veterans that served.

“This is the time that we remember the sacrifices of each man and woman that have given their life in combat and on the battlefield for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day,” she said, further elaborating on the common misconception about the meaning of Memorial Day in the United States.

“When I was a child I initially thought it was a time to honor those who died in your family.”

Lee explained that remembering those who served and died in battle on Memorial Day doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or enjoy family time during the national holiday, and emphasized that those who sacrificed wouldn’t want that.

“Please take advantage of the day and go to a cemetery and walk through the headstones and see what conflict they died in. See how old they were,” she continued, noting that she won’t be visiting her son’s grave this Memorial Day, but had made plans to visit the grave of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Ray Nothstine

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