Saturday, November 6, 2010

Theres No Greater Act of Love than this

  Melrose Honors Unsung Hero at Mt. Hood
Major Doak Weston and Family
For the last 65 years, California native Mike Weston has carried a rough idea of the circumstances surrounding his father’s death in a plane crash at Mount Hood in Melrose: Maj. Doak Weston was flying somewhere north of Boston when his plane’s engine caught fire, and Weston ordered his crew to bail out before it went down.

Stationed at Grenier Field in Londonderry, N.H., Weston and his crew were making a routine flight to Boston when their plane’s left engine caught fire. Unable to put out the flames, Weston ordered his crew to eject and parachute to safety.

Weston, however, remained in the cockpit, guiding the plane away from populated parts of Saugus and Melrose. Witnesses reported that there was “ample time for the pilot to leave the controls and save himself,” and that the plane “had been maneuvered upward in a successful attempt to clear a residential section, before crashing on the isolated golf course of Mount Hood ...” according to an official accident report.

We can all learn a lesson about love from Major Doak Weston.. How many of us are willing to lay down our lives for our friends? Spouses and Children maybe, friends unlikely, complete strangers by chance, don't think so... Jesus Christ himself the Prince of peace made this statement:  

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
 Major Doak Weston performed the greatest act of love the Bible ever mentioned, and if he believed in Jesus Christ he would receive the "Crown of Life" in Heaven.

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