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Retired Army Chaplain Don and Ina (Konynenbelt) Jansen

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Retired Army Chaplain Don and Ina (Konynenbelt) Jansen have had an active year serving veterans. On Memorial Day, Don was the 10561824_615651828554806_1717651715603537593_nHonorary Grand Marshal in the annual Memorial Day parade in Holland, Michigan. Together they rode in a 1949 Chrysler Convertible to the cemetery where Don was the keynote speaker. On Veterans Day, Don was the speaker at the annual observance at his high school alma mater, Holland Christian High School. In the evening he gave the invocation and benediction for the Veterans Day concert presented by the Holland American Legion Band. Don is an active member of the Holland Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He still does funerals and committal services for veterans when invited. Last Spring, Don and Ina heard the lecture on PTSD and Moral Injury presented by Dr. Jonathan Shay in Grand Rapids as one way they try to stay informed and be a source of assistance for individuals and churches. They enjoyed the Retired Chaplains Reunion in Atlanta this year and hope to see many of their friends in San Antonio in 2016.

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The third mission in the triad of the Army Chaplain Corps motto is “Honor the Fallen.” If you were not at the Army Chaplaincy Family Reunion 2014 in Atlanta, you missed a moving and spiritually uplifting memorial service. As part of that service in what is an Army tradition, the names were read of those who have gone on to be with the Lord since our last Reunion. Below is the list of those rightfully honored.

Roll Call of the Deceased

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Memorial Day 2014

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Public Broadcasting System (PBS) broadcast the 25th National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday evening, 25 May 2014. It was a moving tribute to all Veterans, past and present, who have sacrificed so much when our Nation has called on them to serve. The concert paid tribute, as well, to the families of Veterans who have given so much in support of their loved ones.

Our Chaplain Family is certainly included in the tribute that was given to celebrate our Veterans. You who are reading this are among those who are celebrated by our Nation at this time. Some of you have or will be giving back today by participating in Memorial Day Celebrations around the Country. That is who you are, Soldiers of God who could otherwise sit back and be celebrated for your honored service. Instead, you serve even now and you are to be honored for that. Thank you for your service For God and Country. May God bless you and may God Bless America.