Honoring self-sacrificing heroes


wallace funeralFinally, it’s snowing in the mountains! It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas.

Lots of needed rain poured on the Valley around Thanksgiving. It was a great time to read a book, make your holiday shopping list (I’m big on lists), watch the Fox special “Killing Kennedy,” visit your local merchants and knock out some of those gifts on your lists, organize a closet and decorate your tree.

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Sharon Alley Calone

Or you can do what my husband and I did and go see “Hacksaw Ridge.” I loved that movie, packed with action and filled with one man’s desire to serve our great country his way.

Boy, did he! Tears filled my eyes as I rooted him on. Talk about resolve. Pvt. Desmond Doss, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He served, without bearing arms, during WII.

Doss was drafted in 1942 and at first ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn their respect after he risked his life to save 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa – all without firing a shot. God clearly had a veil of protection over him.

Mel Gibson knocked it out of the park with this film. It looks like being politically incorrect is becoming the new norm. That suits me just fine. This movie is a must see! A history lesson entwined with a human lesson. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Closer to home, hundreds of people gathered in Modesto Nov. 22, to pay their respects to one of Stanislaus County’s finest, Deputy Dennis Wallace, a 20 year veteran. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Many remember Wallace as a great man. On Nov. 13, He was killed in the line of duty in Hughson while investigating a suspicious vehicle. We thank you for your service, sacrifice and desire to protect our citizens.

I’m sadden by the lack of respect for peace officers that has swept our nation. We must stop these senseless murders and restore peace and order back into our communities.

God bless you, Deputy Dennis Wallace.

Remember to shop locally this holiday season. We have hundreds of small businesses that count on our support. I personally enjoy visiting the local retailers each year, seeing the merchandise and saying hello to old friends. It’s a big part of my holiday excitement.

Please remember the food banks this Christmas season. Stockton’s Emergency Food Bank tells me they badly need donations.

Merry Christmas,
God bless America,
Sharon Alley Calone


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