One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 6, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
We have four sons in our family and one daughter. That daughter Becca Kenney is engaged John Wesley Revels; a young man who our entire family thinks the world of. Becca and John are scheduled to get married in October.
John is a North Carolina Trooper and I had the privilege to attend his graduation ceremony in February 2014 from Trooper Academy. He had previous law enforcement experience as police officer so he got to attend the shorten version of the academy. The basic course is 29 weeks long but the abbreviated course is very intense. It is in this live-in environment at NC Trooper Academy where the cadets learn about state and federal laws, firearms marksmanship, and high-speed driving. Early every morning John would rise, rain or shine, for physical fitness training before starting a full day of classroom instruction. John and the other cadets form a tight-knit bond and learned to never leave one another “in the ditch witch”.This abbreviated course has a very high degree of dropouts but John was not one of them. His family’s core values came thru.
Upon graduation John was assigned to be a trooper in Cumberland County and has been there since March 2014. He works various shifts and occasionally gets a special assignment. On Wednesday July 1 he had a birthday complete with a special assignment. He performed traffic control for The Rolling Stones Concert at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC. He was excited to be able to have a once in life time music experience on his birthday.
John grew up in Pembroke, NC and comes from a family that is highly respected and has a long history in Pembroke, NC. He has two sisters each older than John. His sisters Amy and Kristy each have a family of their own. Our daughter Becca has been adopted into the Revels family and Amy and Kristy’s children refer to her as Aunt Becca. In the Revel’s family you will find a lot of core values including respect. John’s mother is a super sweet lady that truly gives our daughter the unique advantage of having two moms.
John’s dad is well-known in Pembroke for having served as a high school principal before he retired. “Mr. Wesley” (Revels) as he is known in our community is a dad that John respects and admires. His dad core values of integrity, honesty, hard work, and the value of education has been passed on to his son.
John has had a rough time in 2015 because he lost his grandfather John Wesley Revels Sr.
The Friend – JOHN WESLEY REVELS
(l-r) John Wesley Revels, Becca Kenney, and Dan Kenney
The Friend – JOHN WESLEY REVELS SR
(l-r) Becca Kenney, John Wesley Revels Sr. and John Wesley Revels
.The D Day Veteran
John loved his grandfather and he was sad in March this past year when he passed away. John grandfather was a World War II Veteran and lived to be 93.
I loved what John recently wrote about his grandfather and I am going to share it below. Sometimes we forget the great things the older people who live in our communities did for us and went thru.
D-Day: June 6th,1944. Anytime I think of war, I can’t help but thank of my Grandfather (John Wesley Revels, Sr.). He was 22 years old on D-Day. From as far back as I can remember, up until our last conversation before he passed; he would always talk about his “time in Hell” I can hear him now, telling me how scared he was as the Normandy waves crashed into the vessel he was in. “I looked around at all the boys’ crying for their momma. I told myself right then; if I’m going …to die in this war, I’m gonna’ die fighting. I picked up my baseplate & ammunition & told the fella’s to follow me!”
Not only did he make it past the bloody shores on D-Day, he came home from the war & was blessed to live 93 years on this Earth. God Bless The Greatest Generation Ever!
SSGT John Wesley Revels
28TH Infantry Division
“The Bloody Bucket”
My wife and I had the privilege to meet John’s grandfather on several occasions he was proud of his grandson and so am I.