Today I remember three fallen soldiers that had impacted my life in some way. There are thousands and thousands of soldiers that deserve memory today so I also will thank God for those but three were personal. They were:

Marc Golczynski

Todd Nunes

David Hierholzer

Marc Golczynski  and I went to High School together and wrestled on the first ever Marshall County Wrestling team. We also played in a band together called Teacher’s Pet. The reason we got the name is because 99% of the teachers didn’t like us playing during the pep rallies but the teacher who was over the pep rallies did like us (Thanks Mrs. Kruezer). Marc was the first ever Marshall County male mascot. He got a lot of flack for hanging out with the girl cheerleaders but I think Marc was rather smarter than we gave him credit for if you know what I mean. I was typically the unaccepted one among the more fancier crowds and Marc accepted me and hung out with me and brought me to some of his hangout times. He was just a real class act. Miss ya bro!

Todd Nunes and I met when I was in the sixth grade. I was best friends with his brother Brian. I’d ride my bike about three miles over to their house and we would play with G.I. Joes all day long. I think this definitely started Todd and Brian’s fascination with military life. They also had a video game of a helicopter that I can’t think for the life of me what it was called but it was very fun. This also was a military game. Brian, Todd and I also wrestled together. They started wrestling in Chapel Hill but later moved to Lewisburg and wrestled with Marc and I.

I remember one match Chapel Hill and Lewisburg rode together to and I was in the same weight class as Todd. So I had to wrestle him that day. There is no doubt why this guy won state. He tore me up and done it quick. Afterwards, we walked over to the trash can and had conversation of some oranges. I really loved that guy and miss him so!

David Hierholzer I didn’t really know all that well. I knew his mother and sisters because we went to church together. He also went to my school. His death affected me more than his life because I was ministering at the church his family went to and his death was devastating but yet his life was encouraging. The whole town of 30,000 came out to recognize David’s sacrifice. The funeral was held at my church and we had to set up televised overflow rooms. It was really good to get to know what David thought about life and God and I’m sure right now he’s enjoying the life with God.


These three guys impacted my life in numerous ways. I’m thankful for their sacrifices. Marc was on his third tour in which he volunteered to go out with a handful of rookies to keep them safe and show them the ropes. These guys were class act. Now that I live in a military town I meet so many soldiers it can easily get numbing to a death in battle. We hear about it all the time. But I have to continue to remember that they left a family behind who has experienced this only once.

May God bless everyone today who has lost a loved one in battle and is spending time in memory of those heroes today!

Have a blessed Memorial Day

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

2 Responses to Remembering…

  1. aunt ann says:

    I wish the parents and family members could read what you wrote. It would make me proud to hear things about my child. Gives me cold chills and makes me want to cry and it is awful early in the morning for that.I didn’t recognize any of the names, except maybe one.

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