Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.  Ephesians 3:20










A Legacy of Love and Loyalty

Click here to read related article in Forsyth County News, Sunday, July 22, 2007, Page 11A

In these uncertain times, we find ourselves questioning many things.  We wonder what gas prices will be when we wake up, what interest rates will go to, what our retirement options will be, and we wonder about our current job security.  There is also the question of our nation's security-who our real enemy is and how truly safe we are in this great nation of ours.  Right after September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacked the World Trade Towers, we bound together as a nation, filling our churches, praying for God's protection; patriotism was at an all time high.  As time passes, we tend to forget and unfortunately we become less mindful of those serving this great country.

In January 2006, we were awakened to a reality of what protecting our freedom really meant when our son, John Henry Wade, III, came to us with the news that he wanted to be a United States Marine.  John was only a senior at South Forsyth High School, seventeen years of age, but very determined of his decision to be a Marine.  He had researched the Marine Corp website, and felt it was what he was purposed to do.  Looking back at the legacy of love for our country and loyalty of so many in our family who have served, we understand that this was his destiny!  John graduated in May of 2006 from South Forsyth High and left for Parris Island in January of 2007.  John graduated from Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, N.C., served in Iraq and is now stationed in Parris Island, South Carolina.

We have seen our son more focused and determined than ever to fulfill his desire to serve our country.  Attending the Marine Corp graduation at Parris Island in Beaufort, S.C., in April was one of our proudest moments as parents.  Not only were we proud of our son, John, but to see so many focused young men and women, leaving the comfort of home, and making the sacrifice of serving the USA, is overwhelming.  We were so encouraged to see the dedication of these young Marines to do their best, despite the difficulties.  Thirteen weeks of training, physically and mentally, for what lies ahead, is almost unimaginable unless you are there or have been there.  While you and I go about our daily tasks, these men and women are training for the future security of our nation, for the freedom we so enjoy!  If you would like to send a word of encouragement, John's address is PFC Wade, John III, 2D Bn 3D Mar Echo Comp. Weapons PLT, Unit 44050, FPO AP 96607-4050.

As we look back over our family's service to our country, we stand in amazement at the number of family members who have served.  Beginning with John's great-great-great grandfather, James A. Creamer, who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, joining in August of 1863.  He served in the Third Georgia Calvary, and was captured by Union soldiers in Dec. 1863, close to Knoxville, Tennessee.  Pvt. Creamer was taken to the Federal Prison Camp in Rock Island, Illinois, where he died on January 20, 1864, and is now buried in the Federal Prison Cemetery at Rock Island.

John's great grandfather, Lemuel Cliff Creamer, born March 23, 1892, served in WWI, under General Pershing.  He trained at Camp Gordon in 1917.  He was sent to Camp Merritt, New Jersey, where he was presented a New Testament Bible by the New York Bible Society before shipping out to France and Germany.  This Bible, which is ninety years old, is still a part of our family today, and if only it could tell the journey it has taken.

It was carried to France and Germany during WWI, and brought back safely to American soil, later to be given to John's grandfather, Calvin A. Thompson.  John's great grandfather presented it to his son-in-law, saying, "All I ask is that you stay safe and bring it back to me."  Pvt. Thompson carried this same New Testament to the shores of England, then to France, Germany, then on to Austria, in WWII, leaving the states in June 1944.  It traveled many miles and was brought safely back home.

Little did these two men who carried this precious New Testament realize that they would someday see it leave for foreign soil again, when Lemuel Cliff's son, Pvt. Donald C. Creamer, served in the Vietnam War, 1966-67.  Yes, this same New Testament was sent with the prayer that it would bring this family member home safely, and it did.  No one will ever know the journey this Bible has taken, but God himself.  In war times like these, we know it was but for the grace of God and His hand of protection that these men came home safely.

John's grandmother, Laura Jane Creamer Thompson, who is now eighty-one, began to share how she wanted John to also carry this New Testament as part of our family's legacy and tradition.  "What a precious thing, that this same New Testament which was carried by my father, my husband, and my only brother, will now be carried by John, my grandson, ninety years later," she says.  "I pray daily for John's protection and for God to order his footsteps."

Inside this New Testament are messages from Theodore Roosevelt and General Pershing written in 1917, that read as follows:

Col. Roosevelt's Message to the Troops through the New York Bible Society:  The teachings of the New Testament are foreshadowed in Micah's verse (Micah 6:8):  "What more does the Lord require of thee than to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."

Do Justice: and therefore fight valiantly against the armies of Germany and Turkey, for these nations in this crisis stand for the reign of Moloch and Beelzebub on this earth.

Love Mercy: treat prisoners well, succor the wounded, treat every woman as if she was your sister, care for the little children, and be tender to the old and the helpless.

Walk Humbly: you will do so as you study the life and teachings of the Saviour.

May the God of justice and mercy have you in His keeping.

Theodore Roosevelt, June 5, 1917

General Pershing's Message through the New York Bible  Society:  To the American Soldier aroused against a nation raging war in violation of all Christian principles, our people are fighting in the cause of liberty.

Hardships will be your lot, but trust in God will give you comfort.  Temptation will befall you, but the teachings of our Savior will give you strength.

Let your valor as a soldier and your conduct as a man be an inspiration to your comrades and an honor to your country.

Pershing, August 10, 1917

As we researched our history of military service, John has had a great-great-great grandfather to serve, a great grandfather, two grandfathers eight great uncles, an uncle, Pvt. Anthony R. Wade, who also served in Vietnam, and several cousins on both sides of the family.  How grateful we are for each one of them.

As you can see, our family's love for country, and the loyalty of serving our nation, is why we feel John is fulfilling his purpose.  When told it was not a good time to join, it was wartime, John emphatically said, "When did my grandfathers serve, when did my uncles service...I am no better to serve in war time than they were."  What do you say to a son, whose love for his country far exceeds his fear of the future?  We look back on his childhood, we remember the camouflage birthday cakes, the trips to the Army Salvage stores, the forts built, and the metal box kept in his room of his grandfathers' army medals, and dog tags.  His favorite channel was the history channel, and the war campaigns that had taken place.  He was protective of family and friends.  He was patriotic from a young age.  All these things were signs of a Marine in the making.

Only a few weeks ago while visiting with John, again, he said to us. "We live in the greatest nation on earth.  I cannot even imagine anyone not wanting to serve our country.  I am so glad to be able to serve for our freedom."

Henry Wade, John's dad, writes from his heart the following:  "Our Fathers, who fought wars on our soil or far away, will always be remembered.  We honor those who have died for our freedom, and pray that they will never be forgotten.  My father, John Henry Wade, Sr., never talked of war to me until his old age.  The things he witnessed were unimaginable in WWII.  Once he did say his unit was one of the first to come across a concentration camp and he cried as he told me.  I always prayed my children would never have to go where my father did, but little did I know, it is in our blood to father, my brother, and now my son!  I know in my heart my son has what it takes to be a Marine, because it is in his bloodline on both sides of his family.  I am proud to have a son who is willing to put on our country's uniform to protect and serve.  May each of you remember, no matter where you stand or what you believe about certain issues of war, our men and women are doing what they believe in--protecting our country.  May God direct their footsteps, and always protect our men and women in uniform.  God bless this great nation of ours!  May we, those of us enjoying this freedom, never take it for granted, and pray daily for the leadership of our nation, and each one serving."

John graduated from Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, N.C., served in Iraq and is now stationed in Parris Island, South Carolina.  We stand with him and all other men and women making this choice to serve.

We also want to take the time to thank each person who has served in any capacity of the military.  We enjoy our freedom because of your love for our country and loyalty to serve.  We understand that we may not always agree with every decision being made by those in leadership, but it does not change the fact that our men and women in uniform serve sacrificially for our liberty.

We must never stop praying for our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, who are daily protecting the freedom we are blessed to have.  Make yourself a reminder to pray daily for their protection and well-being, to come home honored and remembered for the sacrifices made.   Judy Wade (proud mom of a United States Marine - Semper Fi)

The Marine's Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of thy presence and obedient to thy will.  Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee without shame or fear.   Protect my family.  give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm.  Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance.  Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me.  Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership.  Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.  If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith.  If I am tempted, make me strong to resist.  If I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.  Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.  Amen.

Believe in your dreams.  Believe in today.  Believe that you are loved.  Believe that you make a difference.  Believe we can build a better world.  Believe when others might not.  Believe that there's light at the end of the tunnel.  Believe that you may be that light for someone else.  Believe that the best is yet to be.  Believe in yourself.  Kodi Yomada

  Son, we believe in you.  We are so proud of you!  

Mom and Dad 
Heather, Brian and Madeline,
Nannie Thompson
Friends and Family

Rev. Henry & Judy Wade
P. O. Box 957
Cumming, GA  30028
Cell:  678-758-5898

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