An Angel Sets Down in Pasadena, California


Thanks to young men like Mike Stokely, the US is safer than it would be otherwise.

“Our family is in a position of having the special privilege of sacrifice. It was our turn to do our part for the United States of America. I am going to remember my son with honor, make sure people know I was so proud of him.”

Mike Stokely went to Iraq in May 2005, with the 48 Brigade of the Georgia National Guard. He died on August 16th, three months later. It isn’t Mike’s death that makes us safer, it is his willingness to serve his country.

Last week in Pasadena, California, the Soldiers’ Angels organization held its Executive Leadership Conference, where Angels gathered together, many meeting face-to-face for the first time.

Robert Stokely is one of those Angels. Robert is Mike Stokely’s father and Bob Calvert of the radio show took the opportunity to interview him.

We will never forget Mike Stokely, nor any of the young men and women who give their time and energy and sometimes their lives, to serve their country. We were honored and humbled to be with Robert Stokely, that day.

Calvert is preparing to return to Iraq for a fourth time, in the next month. He was asked to go there urgently, by a National Guard unit, currently in Iraq. The urgency is that they will soon be leaving and they want to document the progress they and the Iraqis have been making, because it isn’t getting out through the mainstream media.

Their stories need to be told, because good work is being done. The lives of young men like Mike Stokely are being given, but for some reason, much of the media has only been interested in talk of failure and death. There is a lot more to the story but only NewsBlaze, TalkingWithHeroes, a few other newspapers and the mil blogs tell it consistently.

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Alan Gray is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NewsBlaze Daily News and other online newspapers. He prefers to edit, rather than write, but sometimes an issue rears it’s head and makes him start pounding the keyboard. Alan has a fascination with making video and video editing, so watch out if he points his Canon 7d in your direction.