Kresta in the Afternoon – June 17, 2019 – Hour 2

+  A Soldier’s Tour of Arlington

  • Description: Senator Tom Cotton has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan – and also as part of The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, performing military funerals for hundreds of veterans and fallen comrades. He joins us with an inside look of the Army unit whose mission is to honor fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.
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    • Senator Tom Cotton
      Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. His committees include the Banking Committee, where he chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee. Tom served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. He's the author of Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery.
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    • Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery

      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "An ode to excellence. An inspiring read for every American." —Robert M. Gates An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America. Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington’s famed Section 60, “the saddest acre in America.”  He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation’s history. America’s oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private. In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment’s soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor—and the challenges—of duty at the nation’s “most sacred shrine.” Part history of The Old Guard, part memoir of Cotton’s time at Arlington, part intimate profile of the today’s soldiers, Sacred Duty is an unforgettable testament to the timeless power of service and sacrifice to our nation. (learn more)

+  What is God’s “Love Language?” (2 segments)

  • Description: You’ve probably heard of the different “love languages” – quality time, words of affirmation and so on. Does God have a love language? How well do we love God in our daily lives? We’ll talk with Jeanette Flood about eight ways of loving God.
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    • Jeanette Flood
      Jeanette Flood is a freelance writer living in Ohio with her husband and their six children. After graduating from Franciscan University of Steubenville, she received her M.A. from the Catholic University of America.
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    • Eight Ways of Loving God: As Revealed by Love Himself

      While there is a growing awareness today that different people have different "love languages," what about God? What is his love language? What does God think of the kind of love we give Him? How often do we consider: How well am I loving God? This book explores answers to these important questions, examining the life and words of Jesus Christ―the example par excellence of how to love God. With a conversational style, fresh spiritual analogies, good humor, lessons from the author's journey, and a reliance on Scripture, Church teachings, and insights of the saints, this book aims to inspire readers to follow Paul's advice in Ephesians: to "learn what is pleasing to the Lord" (Eph 5:10). Loosely based on the Beatitudes, it presents eight "love languages" of God revealed in the life and teachings of his Son: trusting Him, spending time with Him, heeding Him, apologizing when we offend Him, loving his whole family, picking up our cross, following Him, and eagerly awaiting Him This work reveals that being a Christian is really all about a relationship―a relationship of love with Love Himself. It not only demonstrates how Jesus taught and lived out each expression of love for God, but also shows his great love for each of us, giving compelling motives to daily return his love. (learn more)

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