Veterans’ Day 2011

November 11, 2011


Dear E-News Friends,

I am dedicating this e-news to how I received my birth name, Virgil Ray Grant

Here is a little history of my family.

My father is the youngest of thirteen children. He was the last one to get married out of his family.  My parents were married in 1965. One of the observations my dad had was that none of his siblings had taken on the name of their brother, Virgil Ray Grant, for any of their children. My dad and mom decided that their first born son would have the honor of being named after my uncle.

Here is a little information about my uncle whom I am named after:

  • One of 13 children
  • Born on 8-10-1927
  • Killed on his second tour of duty in Korea
  • Burial site, Lancaster, KY

Because I was named after my uncle, the family passed down to me the only picture that we have of him, his purple heart, and the American Flag that draped his coffin.

What a privilege it is to be named, Virgil Ray Grant.

Saluting All Our Veterans,

Pastor Virgil Ray Grant



  1. Frankie Crum says: November 12, 2011

    What an honor! and a great story to pasted down to the generations.
    It’s also an honor to call you “brother”.
    Peace and grace,

  2. patsy grant says: November 12, 2011

    Nice Virgil…. He would be proud of you to have his name if had lived to know you…

  3. Wayne Bland (tarheel) says: November 13, 2011

    What a great veterans day story of how you were named for your uncle Virgil. Thanks to all veterans. Tell everyone we said hello and hope to see them very soon.

    Ann and Wayne Bland

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