The Church of the Cross will be celebrating and honoring the life of Brad Donaldson this Tuesday, September 20 at 4:00pm on the Historic Campus. This past week Brad suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was just 50 years old. Even now it is hard to comprehend because he was one of the toughest and fittest people I've known. As far as I am concerned he was Superman. I have two lasting memories, the first is the love of his family. To Catherine and their children, Ashley, Rebecca, Margaret, Sarah and Brady, he was a fantastic father.
His other love was his country, joining the Army in 1985 he served for 18 years. Although given the chance to retire, he refused to do so. "I felt horrible about the fact that we've got all these folks fighting in Iraq and here I am sitting in Hilton Head...and so it was just my personal way of not turning my back on them." He would be called to serve in Afghanistan in 2008. His primary job was clearing roadside bombs. He was later awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V", the United States' fourth highest medal for valor. Soldiers families know well the high cost of sacrifice for serving our country, it's not just the one involved but all those who love them. The Donaldson's sacrificed more than I can possibly put into words. This is why his last text to them is especially meaningful. He wrote it on September 11th, the 15th anniversary of 9/11, two days before his death. With their permission I close with Brad's own words.
"15 years ago our country was attacked. Little did we know the impact of this event on our personal lives. While to the outside world, I bore the brunt of this event by being called back into the Army. The effects of this event changed our lives forever. But I want each of you to know how very proud I am of how you dealt with this and your support then and now. You are all patriots in your own right and made your individual sacrifices for your country. Never forget this!"
Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever!