As we remember our loved ones and the brave men and women who have given their lives in service of our country, let’s honor our heroes and heroines this Memorial Day.


If we were in Minnesota this weekend, we would be visiting the cemeteries, remembering and honoring our loved ones.


My great-great-grandfather, James Irwin, was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. When our family visited the cemetery, we found the plaque with his name. When he married Hannah O’Neil from Cork County, he was disowned by his northern Ireland Protestant family for marrying a Catholic. And, when he was killed, regardless of how his widow felt, they claimed his body. He is buried in Brooklyn.


A hero on the Norris side is the Reverend Edward Norris who was pastor of the Congregational church in Salem, Massachusetts, during the witch trials, and he preached in opposition to the trials. Family history does not relate how his sermons were received.


We all have heroes and heroines to remember and honor. I will preach this Sunday about a biblical hero who stood up to the Queen and saved the faith. The title is “Dream Big: It Only Takes One.”


See you Sunday, unless you are visiting cemeteries!


Rev. Doug Norris

Interim Senior Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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