Fallen Heroes Memorial: Messages

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

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"althou i dont know enyone that wus in the war i love each and everyone one of them dearly for they are true children of god i belive they will be hitting it of right now say "wow we made a differins" and that is a true reward"
jessica of canada

"TO MY BIG BROTHER:
LISTEN UP BOBBY THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!
To the one who always was there for me.Through the good,the bad,thick and thin.You were like my third father.You know first, there's our heavenly father GOD ALMIGHTY,THE ALFA AND OMEGA.Then there's the father that our heavenly father blessed us with Mr.Robert C. White II,and then there's you Mr.Robert C. White III.My third daddy.
First of all I want to thank you for all the knowledge,wisdom,and over all teachings that you instilled in me these 19 yrs that I was blessed to spend with you.You taught me alot and i took heed to everything you ever taught me.Bobby you being in my life was a blessing.You may not be with us in the physical, but I know your with us in the spiritual.We all are missing you.Mom,Dad,Sharee on down to our other relatives.GOD has blessed me to allow me and you to spend time together in my dreams.That's how I know that you are in heaven,because GOD has shown me all through out my dreams that your soul is at rest now.Bobby your free now. Your suffering days are over,and that's what gives me peace.I cherish the times we spent togther. We laughed together and we cryed together.Thank you, for always encouraging me and lifting me higher, because sky is the limit and I aint done jumping. I'm going to pursue everything you ever told me to, because I'm a star who's soon to be discovered.With the help of the LORD we gone make it happen.Bobby you know we love you and we know you love us.Bobby me and you played the gospel song "memories" by the Canton Spirituals many nights and reminised about love ones who went on home to be with GOD.I never thought that I would be playing that song reminising on your memories,saying when will i see you again.I know I'm going to see you again.We will meet again.Bobby you were a real man.100% nothing subtracted.You know I aint gone sugar code nothing. You aint take nobody's sh**,and alot of people couldn't handle that.Sraight like that.Destiny's child said " I NEED A SOILDIER".You damn sure was a soildier,certified soildier/Warrior.
Not just a blessing in any females life, but a blessing in any individuals life over all.To you and dad I give much respect. I haven't yet to meet a man that compares to you and dad.You played,but you didn't play every day.You know what i mean by that.Bobby you are LOVE. Your whole physical,mental,and spiritual being is one in a million.Bobby you are the truth.I say" you are"instead of" you were, because your spirit still lives on.Thank you for everything. I cherish it all. From your love, protection, motivation, appreciation, communication, etc.etc.I could be hear all day with words that would express your love.Thank you for being real.I thank you for your sincerety.You were always sincere. I know people will probably read this and say,"damn she got deep as hell on this message," but so what.This is real talk from the heart. This isn't a good-bye, but it's a see you later.Im a see you again baby. REST IN PEACE BIG BROTHER. MY BIG BROTHER, BOBBY.Like the singer "LYFE" said in one of his songs ,"MY HEART HURTS LIKE AN OLD MAN WITH HIGH CALESTEROL" that's how it feel some times. However, the word says " HE WHO WAITS UPON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH".I pray everyday, and when praying I ask GOD to keep my mind.I say LORD take my hand,not I'll take his hand, but LORD take my hand. By praying that I know he'll never let me go.We love you Bobby and we will always love you.I leave on that note.

Sincerely, your little sis' TOYA WHITE A.K.A STAR"
LATOYA WHITE of CAMDEN,NJ,UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen soldiers remembered in this memorial. They did not die in vain, but showed the highest form of sacrifice for our Freedom. I wrote and dedicated a song, "He's Not Just A Soldier", to a family that goes to my church. They lost their son, PFC Christopher Kilpatrick in Iraq just over 2 months ago. I had the honor of singing it for his funeral. I've had lots of request for this song, so I went and recorded it just vocal and guitar, so that people could have a copy. God breathed this song into me, so that it may minister to those who have lost a loved one in Iraq. The song is FREE to listen to and download at http://www.bartalanwoytek.com.

God Bless our Troops!!!"
Bart Alan Woytek of Columbus, TX/ USA

"Hey G its me samantha i wanted to tell you that i am in the 7th grade at scobee jr. high and i am in the volleyball team for the lady tigers and my first i played we won it has been two years sine november 11,2003 and it so bording with out you i miss you so much its nit even fun wll got to i am doing my homework sep.04,2005"
Samantha Cavazos of atascosa,tx

"To the family of Jashua Henry. I was so glad to meet you when you came to Germany for the welcome home events. I want you to know that myself and my family pray for you every day. Jashua was a special person and we loved him very much.I can not say enough how much we miss him. My family and myself are blessed to have had a chance to know Jashua. I loved cooking for him and watching him eat he brought us so much joy in the 2 years we knew him. my e mail address is toteno4@hotmail.com I would love to hear from you, we just moved back from Schweinfurt."
Barbara of Killeen TX

"We have three sons, two in the Army. One son was injured in Afghanistan and is now home. The other son was in Iraq and is now deployed to Afghanistan.
We started a military family support group in our area. We are so honored to know so many fine men and women. It is with great love, respect, and gratitude that we say thank you to those who have given their all for our protection. And to their families: amid the pain, I hope you can feel the pride that comes from raising such outstanding and courageous sons and daughters. You did a wonderful job.

I Sleep

Underneath the sod I sleep
I hear your voice
I see you weep
You whisper thoughts
You want to share
I wish I could tell you
My spirit is not there
I soar with angels in the sky
You need not be sad
You need not cry
I feel no pain
I hurt no more
I smell the rain
I fight no war
You touch the stone
You long for me
I wish that you could see
My spirit is not there
I walk with you
From dawn to dusk
And hold you tight
When life's too much
I am in your heart
I still live
My body rests
For now in peace
Until the day
God takes it up
Dry your tears
And look for me
In the rainbow
On the wind
My spirit is now free

© Laurel A. Olmsted 6/29/05"
The Olmsted Family of Baker Ctiy, Oregon

"THANKS TO ALL THE SOLIERS THAT GAVE UP THIER LIVES FOR US, YALL WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN, I APPRECIATE IT FOR EVERYTHING YALL DONE FOR US. I KNOW YALL ARE IN HEAVEN WATCHING DOWN ON US. THANK YOU MY GAURDIAN ANGELS."
Cybill Samarripas of Fort Worth,Texas

"You will be remembered."
L Rizzuto of Wyomissing Hills, Pa.

"TO THE GINTHER FAMILY I WAS STATIONED WITH RONALD IN TAMPA FOR A FEW MONTHS. HE WAS A GOOD FREIND AND I WILL MISS HIM. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS"
AN EARL OAKES of LABELLE FL

"Tom Titus & Family:

With a heavy heart I would like to add my condolences to the others from your 1st Cav brothers. Although we did not serve at the same time I feel akin to you and was so sorry to hear about your families loss of a great American Patriot. I know that it is not fair that some have to give more then others to protect our freedoms, and everytime you see the freedom being exercised by others you should remember that it was your sons sacrifice which allows those freedoms to be exercised. Again my thoughts are with you and I also feel your loss."
Richard F. Carr of Riverton, Illinois USA

"To all the families of the fallen soliders, i hope you make it ok. The one thing I rember is They died for what they beleaved,for America, for us."
Mark Bryant

"You are shaming the brave soldiers who stood up and were counted when our country needed them;only to be disgraced by people like you. Shame on you"
Regina Brown of Atlanta, GA USA

"AS A VET OF BOTH THE NAVY AND ARMY MY PRAYERS ARE AT ALL TIMES WITH OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY SERVE FAR FROM HOME AND FAMILIES"
BILL WINDER of CANTON, OHIO

"TO OL THE FAMILIES THAT LOST A LOVED MAY MY GOD HELP YOU TO GET THROUGH THIS, IM FROM IRAQ AN U SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR SONS, DAUGHTERS, MOMS OR DADS CUZ THEY HELPED US ALOT AN THEY ARE STILL HELPING US AN IAM SO THANKFUL FOR THEM. MAY MY LORD GET THEM IN THE HEAVENS AN BLESS THEM AN HELP THE REST OF THEM THAT THEY ARE STILL HERE IN MY COUNTRY AN GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH. THEY WILL BE ALWAYS IN MY TEART AN MIND! THEY ARE A REAL HEROES..."
FADIA of BAGHDAD, IRAQ

"TO THE FALLEN HEROES...MAY YOUR SOULS CONTINUE TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM...TO THIER FAMILES MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE!"
ROBI BUKIKOSA-CRUZ of BARRIGADA, GUAM

"The IL motorcycle community has built a war memorial to honor ALL fallen soldiers from Berit on. We accomplished this in 3 years. It is the only one of its kind in the country, and it makes it very clear to all just how much we want to honor these heros. Sadly this is a on going project because this year alone we had 800 names to add. 27000 bikes took part in the 2005 run, close to 40000 people. We each received a dog tag with a fallen soliers name on it which we wore on the ride to the memorial. It was heart breaking because it was like taking this person for one last ride to their resting place. I know we all wear these dog tags every day now, I wish their familys could know that their loved ones will never be forgotten because their names sit next to our hearts. Please go to our web site, ilfreedomrun.org, and see what we have done to honor these soldiers and their families, and spread the word to others about this beautiful memorial. For those of you living in IL, make a point of visiting it. My husband and I go at least once a month, its our way of honoring every name on those stones.
THEY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN."
Kathi Smith of design133@comcast.net

"To the family of Cpl. David "Bear" Stewart. I send my deepest sympathy in your time of loss! Your son was a really good guy and a hell of a Marine! I know that BEAR felt good about what he was doing. He was bravest of the brave! There are no words that can really express the way that we feel about your loss but take comfort in knowing that the Lord will guide us through it! Be strong and courageous, just like BEAR did! BEAR did something that most couldn't,not once,but twice! For that, he is a true Hero! He will live through us all forever!"
Trevor Hunt-USMC of Knoxville,Tn./USA

"In Loving Memory of Marine Cpl.David "BEAR" Stewart, my fellow Marine and hero, it has been over a year since i've heard your voice...but you're still there! I will never ever forget our times of cutting up at Camp Lej.,N.C. and at home in Louisiana! What you've done will never be forgotten(8-03-05) as well as our other fallen brothers and sisters in arms! My heart goes out to your family as well as theirs! I know you are up there watching over us and it will be a good day when we will shake hands and stand our posts at the gates of Heaven! Semper Fi BEAR! 8-25-05"
Trevor Hunt of Knoxville,Tn./USA

"I am running a mile for every soldier killed in Iraq. www.karlrysted.8k.com"
Karl Rysted of Moore, OK

"LET US REMEMBER

Let us march
And be seen to give voice and form
To those who lie in silent graves
At home and on distant shores

Let us remember together

Let us recognize
The failure of war is the failure of reason
And remember the precious and bloodied custodians
Who humbly return us to peace squandered

Let us remember together

Let us know
At the earliest age
Peace is not merely the absence of war
But a completeness…complete

Let us remember together

The great victories are
In the battlefields of hearts
When we succeed in preventing all children
From becoming Veterans, Victims, and Orphans

Let us remember together

Let us know beforehand
We are doomed or blessed
By what we accept
To be the inevitable

Let us remember together

Of all of us
Who are privileged to vote
To wear their nations uniform
To wave our flag
To worship our Creator

Let us remember

Surely Mother must have told us
To do unto others
We should all
Have known better

Let us remember"
SFC Carroll Reid Hopkins of Mobile,Alabama/USA

"To all the families that made the ultimate sacriface: I don't know where to begin. It seems like saying sorry for the loss of your loved one is not enough. I know you hear that all the time. I am extremely gratiful for each and every one of the soldiers that died for this country as well as those that are still continuing to fight. Even though I haven't lost anyone close to me, each and every one of the soldiers some how seems to be close to my heart and always on my mind. Even though your loved one may not be there with you, physically, to read my message, they are up in heaven with God reading this. Thank you."
Amey of Conshohocken, PA

"Just comming across this site my heart aches for the families who have lost someone in this horrible war. I pray that this will only make you stronger as a family. God only gives us what we can handle. Just know they are all safe now."
Melanie of Algonac, MI

"My heart goes out to Everyone who has lost a loved one. I tear up everytime i hear of any american being Killed in this war. Please remember that God has your babys now, and there looking down on us, and still to this day protecting us from the Evil that is in this world. God Bless all of you. You have served your Country , and you will NEVER be forgotten."
Amy of Fairfax, Virginia

"I read this at P.F.C Robert Sweany's Funeral Roby rote this for me on the last day i was at marion-franklin ...(I Miss Him So Much)
Friends Depart Forever

Friends Depart Forever
They Say See Ya Latter
But They Have No Reason to Labor
Friends Depart Forever
They Depart At the Gate
To You They May Stay
But For Them They Say Hay!
Don't Worry about Me I'll Be Ok
As Long As I Go"
victoria of columbus,oh

"Dear Loved ones,
I just recently re joined the military because I feel that experience is needed over in the conflict affecting our country. I am going to not only honor our fallen soldiers but to also help young soldiers make it through this campaign. I will honor your lost loved ones by being a mentor and showing them the way. I will never leave a soldier behind, I will be the best that I can to make sure that our soldiers are safe. And to all of you I will honor your loved ones and I will make sure that they are remembered and taken into my heart, so that they as angels my guide us and help us feel safe with their direction and honor. To you the loved ones of our fallin I promise you. I swear by everything I am Ill honor you and your loved ones and may they guide me to do what needs to be done to help me make the descisions needed to bring us home."
Steven Brooks of Davenport, Iowa

"As a veteran myself (Marines 93-97), I always hate to see my fellow armed service members fall. It seems that when they die, sometimes it feels like a piece of me dies with them. BUT... know this... James lives forever in a better place now and serves in the Army of GOD!"
J.R. Janicek of Nashville, TN

"We are still trying to garner interest from the media about our MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT in Los Angeles for the over 1800 American Gis who have paid the supreme sacrifice. Please call the talk shows in your neighborhood and ask them to check the website www.cybercloud.com...the full story is there ....including some great songs that we are hoping some country singers will record and donate their royalties to the MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT of Los Angeles. Songs likt THE AMERICAN GI and BLESS EM ALL. Bless Em all with new lyrics has been sent to the Dixie Chicks
If they sang it it would make a pot of gold for our Garden.

Cindy has recived lots of press and rightly so. The conterversy she has caused has at least brought light to one Gold Star Mother, but there are over 1800 such Moms and don't forget the loving fathers.
The following is a letter I wrote to the New York Times. Will they publish it? Who Knows?
We are still waiting for the LA Times and the LA DAILY NEWS to publish our letters. Drop us aline would love your suggestions
______________________________________

LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 20th 2005

In WW2 they were known as the Gold Star Mothers. Bless you Cindy. Although I disagree with a lot of your statements about President Bush you have become the symbolic 'mother' of this war. What right have these talk show hosts to call you a "nut case."

There is no greater tragedy in the world than to lose your own son. I listened to them all today Bill Handle Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Al Rantell and Sean Hannity. The right-wing activists who attack Cindy's personal integrity ought to be ashamed. It's fine to disagree with what Cindy is saying, but to personally attack the grief of a mother who's lost her son is lower than low.

Hannity said Cindy's name and story has been mentioned 18850 times in the last week in all medias.
Now if the Media including the right wing talk show hosts would just mention
THE MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT in Los Angeles just once it might help a far greater cause than Cindy's This is a project I started in 2003 when the casualty toll was 79.
Now over 1800 GIS have paid the supreme sacrifice. All I want to do is create a beautiful garden either in the Supulvada Basin, Pierce Colege in LA County or the AHMANSON Ranch in Ventura County over 2000 acres sitting idle.
The full story is on my website WWW.CYBERCLOUD.COM

Norm Pringle
Winnetka Ca

E mail ....Singalongamerica@aol.com
or ...... Crashnorm@aol.com"
Norm Pringle of Los Angeles California

"I just want everyone who loved him to know that he died a hero, and that he loved them so much he put everything, everything, out there for them. Don't mourn him, be proud of him, and happy that he had the chance to show what he was truly made of. Few people get the chance to truly shine, and show their true mettle. We do not mourn for the dead, we mourn for ourselves, because we will not see the dead again. But think what the dead would want us to feel. They would want us to be happy and to use their memories as something that makes us feel good, not sad. Honor him and the way he honored you by remembering him and being happy, for his sake. He's a hero."
Danton May of Wendover, NV

"Jeremy,
It has been over a year since you have been gone, and to this day it doesn't seem real...atleast I don't want to beleive it's real. With every memorial it sinks in a little deeper and hurts a little more. I sit and think bout all the wonderful times we spent together and I miss them so much. You were the best, I always thought of you and Jason as my big brothers. I miss you so much and I always will. I am so proud of you and to be able to say that you are my cousin. You were such a good person, I can't figure out why something like this would happen to a person like you. I love you so much,Jeremy and I always will. I will never forget you.
Love you cousin,
Megan"
Megan of Erie, Pa

"Dear Det.Gray:

I was sadden to hear of the passing of your daughter and I wanted you to know that my prayers are with you and your family.I thank you and your family for her service to protect our country."
Councilman Bernard C.'Jack'Young of Baltimore, Maryland USA

"Thank you to Casey Sheehan for your dedication, your courage, and ultimately your sacrifice. I wish I had a chance to get to know you."
Rob of Orlando, Fl.

"Richard was a good person to my best friend Leanna Delgado. I know she misses him very much. She told me she wishes he would come back."
Amanda Villanueva of Dime Box, Texas

"It astounds me that the creator of this website, Tim, has dedicated such time and effort. It's very well done. Keep up the good work, and Thank You for creating a place of praise condolences for our soldiers."
Lauren of Ny/USA

"I sincerely hope this poetic piece will console anyone who reads it. God Bless all our boys.
......................................
Someone Knows My Name

People walk
by the tomb,
many wonder
who I'm.
I can not speak.
My life is
gone, taken
by sniper fire at dusk;
nearby more
lie silent with a name.

The sunrise,
sunset will never change
and, so it is someone
"knows my name".

A gentle whisper
I passed through Mama's ear;
if I never return
keep me alive with
pictures and those
bronze baby shoes.

Mama stood waving
her white hanky;
she surrendered
in our last hug;
I blew a kiss,
she caught it with her
porcelain hand.

Mama I
sense you're here,
at the foot
of this tomb.
The eternal
flame warms
your many memories,
warms your touch
of the book you made;
do you remember?
You cut up
a spaghetti box,
saving the plastic
for a window pane
and wrote
a story for me.

Can you recall
the ice cream
running
down my chin
looking more
like a mudslide,
and the cherry
stuck on my nose.
We both laughed
so hard tears
ran from our eyes.

Mama, look up.
I'm here
above you
in the heavens.
I understand
your sadness but,
I'm here,
safe in the
way you
protected
me until that day.
The day I took
the snipers aim.

Mama
if I could say,
I'd tell you
dry your eyes.
I've been
spared shame,
the blame of
why you ask a war;
you have all of me
in your heart,
in memories.

I feel
no pain because
Mama knows my name.

Written By
B.Mioduski 10/2002"
B. Mioduski of Pa.

"America is what it is because of our love for GOD, family and country and the unselfish sacrifice of our troops! the Army,Navy, Airforce and MARINES are all to thank for our safety and freedom!!! Thankyou all for your courage and bravery and unwaining resolve. You are all loved and remembered in our prayers daily. I pray for your safety and speedy return to the families that miss, love and cherish you all. GOD bless every single one of you and remember that there are those of us who haven't forgotten why you are over there.Keep making us proud and once again THANK YOU!!!!!"
Troy of Bailey, Co

"A special thank you to fallen Marine Shane Kielion and his family and son in Nebraska. You will never be forgoten."
Harrers of Bedford, TEXAS/USA

"I would just like to say thank you to the families of the soldiers both living and fallen. Thank you for making our country what it is. Thank you for protecting and caring enough to give all you have. I know I am just a small voice but I want to let you know you are appreciated. Thank you is not enough. I wish I had the words to say but I hope you understand. You are loved and appreciated."
Melissa of Texarkana , TX America

"This is a song of tribute to the memory of Lori Piestewa and ALL of those who are willing to do what others won't or don't in the service of our great country. douglasbrzak@hotmail.com

SOMETIMES HEROES DIE
© 2005 DOUG BRZAK

Her home was Tuba City, Arizona, a land of desert and sun
A life filled with friends and family, and two kids who were second to none
Lori was a proud American, raised in the Hopi way
With dreams that were bigger than anything offered by Smalltown, U. S. A.

Now dreams can die in the desert, overcome by everyday needs
They can dry up and blow away, like a rolling tumbleweed
Her options were few and she was not content, to sit and watch the world go by
So she placed her dreams in the hands of God, Mother Earth, and Father Sky

She wasn't born a hero, but she made the choice
To do what others won't or don't, led by an inner voice
She was willing to go, though the stakes were high, knowing the price of sacrifice
And that SOMETIMES HEROES DIE!

Like her father and his before him, she heard and answered the call
A warrior prepares for everything and that might mean giving it all
In another desert, so far from home, her life came to an end
And today the Spirit of White Bear Girl lives on in family and friends

She wasn't born a hero, but she made the choice
To do what others won't or don't, led by an inner voice
She was willing to go, though the stakes were high, knowing the price of sacrifice
And that SOMETIMES HEROES DIE!

She leaves behind this question for all to wonder why
A mother with dreams becomes a warrior and SOMETIMES HEROES DIE?

Yeah, SOMETIMES HEROES DIE!"
dougb of Farmington Hills, MI

"THANK YOU JUSTIN (John 15:13)! I miss you so much! This has been so hard on my family, but I know that by the grace of God is how we deal with it everyday. So everyone in some part of the day take time and pray for our SOLIDERS and pray for there families, as Americans we owe them this much! Remember Sharon God is right there, you will never forget the memories of your Justin, but Jesus will heal your heart, all you got to do is just ask and He will be there for you. This is forever familiy member that has lost a love one, I will be praying for you all. Sharon I Love You Girl."
Lisa Taylor of Princeton, WV

"Daron~ We love you and miss you dearly! Can't wait to see you again one day! You were a blessing to our family! Thanks for all you did! We love you lots!!! Vangi and McKaLyne ~ Keep your head up! God is in control! We love you both!"
Damon and Kandi Tipton of Grenada, MS

"My son SPC Jeremy Mchalffey, was killed in Iraq Jan 4, 2005. Of the many messages I received I would like to pass along to all the families one special message. I received a handmade quilt from Freedom Quilts Inc. A NonProfit Corporation,
Betty Nielsen
13637 550 St
Fonda Ia 50540
712 288 5328
www.freedomquilts.net
Please go to the web site. Betty is trying to make a quilt for every service person who has died in Iraq. I can't tell you how much the quilt meant to me and how beautiful it is. She asks nothing except that we all pass along the word so every family can be wrapped in the love of a homemade quilt. Thank you, "Jeremy's Mom"
Sheri Bone of Virginia Beach VA USA

"To the family of Nate Deyarmin,
God blessed you with a wonderful son, who will always be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice. He is truly a hero! May God bless you during this time."
Petrella/Maksuta family of Tallmadge, OH

"Nate,
you are my hero. I will miss you so much! Like you said, it's funny how we keep running into eachother...I will see you on the other side"
Rachel of Kent, ohio

"Len and Mary Ann and all Cowherd Family:

It was an honor and pleasure to meet with you in Ft. Monroe and talk about and look at the pictures of Leonard. Your family is in my thoughts and prays....Anything I can do for you please just let me know.
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Cindy Hollerich of South Park, PA

"To all the families that have lost a loved one in the fight for freedom. My prayers go out to you."
The Townzen Family of Etowah Tennessee

"James, I did not know you, but you and your whole community make me proud to be an American! God Bless."
Meredith of Austin, TX USA

"To all the families that lost a loved one. I know nothing I say can ease your pain. I feel that pain in my heart for you, I do not know you or your family, my heart grieves your loss. I can only say THANK YOU for your loved one's ultimate sacrifice. There are so many things,
That I really want to say.
But it's hard finding the right words,
To make it come out the right way,It's because of people like our soldiers,
That we are called "the land of the free".
They make us feel safe in our homes,
By protecting this wonderful country, They will be in my heart and mind, Every minute of the day,And when I lay my head down at night,
I will think of them and pray. So I ask God now to watch over you,
And send one of his angels from up above.
To always be with you and remind you,
That they will always be loved and miss..Never forgotten.There is one thing,
I want to say before I go.
No matter what never forget,
That they are True Born At Heart Heros."
Fallon Lemons of Akron Ohio

"Tallmadge lost an amazing hero this past week. we all miss you Nate. everyone is thinking of you and how you always bring a smile to everyones face even when your not around. we love you and miss you, you are our hero Daniel Nathen Deyarmin "Nate""
of Tallmadge Ohio

"Thank You. It is because of your great sacrifice that my lile 2 year old grandson , who lost his uncle in Iraq , SPc Gavin Colburn in April 2005, may by the grace of God grow up to enjoy the things of life we tend to take for granted ; like go to college , get married , have children, go fishing.Thank You to all the families. We must always remember those , our Fallen Heroes who gave their all for our freedom.God Bless you all."
R . DeLong of Frankfort , Ohio, U.S.A.

"To All the families who have lost loved ones. I want to tell you how my heart goes out to you each and every one.God does heal in time. I too have lost a loved one. His name is Bu3 Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger, Jr. He will always be missed, but never forgotten. Your loved ones will never be forgotten either."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla.

"i want to say to everybody i lost my best friend in Iraq his name was Daniel Nathen Deyarmin "Nate" he was a sniper in the United States Marine corps. he died doing sumthing that he loved and he also did it for everybody over here may he rest in peace I love you Nate Your My Hero"
Jenn of Tallmadge, Ohio

"To the family of Charles Warren - Our love and prayers go out to you as you mourn the loss of a husband, father, son and brother. He will always be remembered as a HERO. God bless you all!"
The Bryan Anderson Family of Burlington, North Carolina

"Nate your bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. My heart and prayers go out to this hero, his family, friends and fellow military persons. Thank you Nate for defending freedom and democracy for the rest of us and making the ultimate sacrifice to defend and uphold this great countries past, present and future freedoms. God has already blessed you."
Chris Pacino of Pine, Arizona/United States of America

"Nathen,
Our heart goes out to You & your family it's people like you that make this country what it is today. Heros Like You are few & far between.

Rest In Peace for Knowing You & your fellow soldiers have & are doing a "wonderful job" that no other country can do like the USA"
Becky & Mike of Ormond Beach, Florida USA

"I was watching 7th Heaven tonight. What a a tribute! How proud I am to be an American. I know that the freedom I enjoy is because of the sacrifices our military makes every single day. May God Bless you."
Anne Louise of Washington D.C.

"Today I learned of this heart breaking story. It was posted on a site, Texas Harley Riders..they wanted to pay tribute to this man and so many others. My heart weeps for all of his family and friends. My heart is also so proud of him and all the others that put their life on the line for their fellow Americans. My God Bless You All...and Comfort, Texas, you have made us all proud."
Helen Puchan of Webster, Texas

"As a disabiled Vietnam vet I am proud of the superior jod being done by our forces. Please come home. This nightmare cannot and will not end as our war did so many years ago. I have cancer as a result of Agent Orange but as with you, we do what we have to do. THANKS"
David M.White of Spokane, WA

"R.I.P.

Cpl. Andre "Dre" Williams
Killed in action July 28th, 2005.
We love and miss you!
We will watch over your daughter and tell her that her dad died protecting us and her.
And to all the families of Lima company 3/25 may god be with you and your sons.
SemperFi!"
Josh of Columbus, Ohio

"The Ransom family is saddened by your lost. May God comfort you in this hour and know that many prayers will continue to go up in your behalf.
Peace be unto you and your respective families."
Herman, Fran, Asia and Autumn Ransom of Canal Fulton, OH

"Nothing I say can ease your pain. Although I do not know you or your family, my heart grieves your loss. I can only say THANK YOU for your loved one's ultimate sacrifice. My continued prayers are with you and each of the families who have relatives and friends fighting to keep the United States and other countries safe. I applaude your strength! I will be a constant supporter of OUR troops and will grieve with you. Please know that you are surrounded by love, gratitude and prayers from people you don't even know."
Yvonne Clements of Baytown, Texas, USA

"I just wanted to express my gratitude for the courage our fallen soldiers showed in combat and express my sincere condolences to their families. I'm sure God has made a special place in Heaven for these extraordinary people."
Neeli Andrews of Huntsville, AL, USA

"TO ALL THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE MY HEART IS TRUUUELLLY WITH YOU..GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND MAY THE LORD HELP YOU THROUGH THE SORROW THAT HAS FALLEN UPON YOU...MY BOYFRIEND IS CURRENTLY IN IRAQ AND I WORRY EVERYDAY THAT I MAY COME TO THIS PAGE AND SEE HIS NAME ....MY OWN HEART BREAKS AND WEAKENS WHEN I SEE ALL THE SOLDIERS NAMES IN HERE AND HOW MANY FAMILIES ARE AFFECTED BY THE NAME---THIS MAY NOT BE THE MOST PLEASENT PAGE TO VISIT BUT IM SURE IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST VISITED .....GOD BLESS THE SOLDIERS AND MAY U FIND PEACE WITHIN...MUUUCH LOVE GOES OUT TO YOU FROM ME...."
JESSICA DUNN of MAINE

"FOR SGT. TERRANCE DELAN LEE, ALMOST TWO MONTHS HAS PASSED BY AND I'M STILL TRYING TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE GONE. I TRULY MISS THE GREAT CONVERSATION WE HAD WITH EACH OTHER THAT WOULD LAST FOR HOURS TRYING TO GET YOU THROUGH YOUR DUTY OR ME THROUGH WORK. NOW THAT YOU ARE GONE I DON'T HAVE ANYONE TO HELP ME GET THROUGH THE HARD TIMES ANYMORE. I TRAVELED OVER A THOUSAND MILES JUST TO GET SOME CLOSURE AT YOUR SERVICES BUT IT REALLY DIDN'T HELP. I REALLY MISS YOU VERY MUCH, IT'S SO SAD THAT YOU WERE TAKEN FAR TOO SOON."
SHELIA SMITH of HOUSTON, TX

"To the family of James Randolph Graham III, Coweta, Oklahoma:

I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I am so grateful and proud of James for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country.

Please accept my condolences in your time of extreme sadness."
Susan Miller of Owasso, OK/USA

"As I sit here and look at all of the pictures, of James and his wife at his funeral and of his precious baby, it seems all surreal. My heart goes out to all of the soldiers who fight for our freedom and to protect us, i'm praying for all of the familys, and may god bless you."
Nicole of Odessa,TX

"We can never say "thank you" enough for the price you paid for the freedoms we enjoy. God bless your family, friends, our great nation, and our leaders."
Rhonda S. Morphew of Winchester, KY

"Dear Phyllis: You are very much in our thoughts and prayers. I have a 29 year old and a 15 year old son and I cannot begin to imagine your pain. As I scanned the names of all the young men lost to this war, my heart aches. I pray for God's hand to touch and comfort you through your desperate time of pain."
Cindy Alexander (Friend of Christopher's Aunt, Cathy Day, who lives at Sommerset, KY) of Richmond, KY

"My nephew is in the marine boot camp at this very moment, I pray for all those young men and women who give all so we do not have too. My condolences on the death of your lovely son. I scan the names from time to time so I may never forget their sacrifice for us, and I came across his name, it caught my eye because it is the same as mine, I do not see it too often in my part of the world. Thank you for having a brave solider and God Bless You and your family. May his memory always be peace for you, I know for me it will always hold a special place, even though I did not know him personally. God Bless."
April Beaulieu of Cassville, Missouri

"We hold such fun and fond memories of John. I was just 19 and new to the Navy. I reached Adak Alaska all alone. After a few weeks I met a few people. A friend introduced me to this crazy group of Marines. God they were so much fun. I was greatful to find such a great group of guys. I was one of a small number of women stationed on the island and the guys made me feel like their little sister. I felt safe whenever I was with them. I can still see their faces and remember all the good time we had up on that small island, playing who s--- in the barn, bowling for beers and dancing until the club closed. John even went as far as to fix me up with his Sgt. I think at first it was to keep Sgt Johnson busy so they could have fun and not get caught. But 17 years later we are still together and have 4 beautiful children. John has always and will always be in my heart. My husband retired in Jan 2005 after 2 tours in Iraq but misses it everyday. He called me this morning and told me about John. My heart is filled with grief for his family. To his wife, I am so sorry for you loss, I lived with the fear and cried many nights as I am sure you have, I can not imagine the emptiness you have. My prayers go out to you and your children. John will never be forgotten. As I read all the messages and people he has touched over the years I am honored to be among them.

With All Our Love
Semper Fi,
The Johnson Family"
Kathleen of Charleston, SC

"In a world divided so much, I can say that those, you, who gave the greatest sacrifice of all. Are the fundamentals of this nation. Those who believe in our country so strongly to make this sacrifice. I hope that you are rewarded beyond this world that now, you are safe and waiting for the loved one's in your family and other's. Thanks to you and God be with you"
Dan of Winona Mn

"Your courageous life is so dear. Roosevelt sent a message for the families of fallen soldiers during WWII saying that all of us spend our lives in some way, and those who have died defending our nation have given their lives for a purpose which makes all other life purposes seem to be trivial in comparison. May your family be blessed with peace, and may your family be comforted."
Laura Gutman, M.D. of Durham, NC

"I thank you for your service to our country. I followed the plight of the 507th from the moment it was ambushed and was so moved by the bravery shown by our troops and the honor afforded them by the State of Texas and the country."
Carolyn Gara of Bloomsbury, NJ

"God Bless everyone that has given their lives for us so that we may be free.I pray for the safe return of those still over there. Let them all come home soon to family and friends."
Bonnie of Indiana

"I really admire the patriotism in the U.S. I wish we were as patriotic in Canada. God Bless all of your family."
A Patriotic Canadian of Canada

"R.I.P You will be missed you were great on the ign boards and anywhere else u will never be forgotton!"
Gamer_1122 (jamie gazz) of wirral

"In memory of SFC Victor Cervantes...you will live in our hearts forever...we love you and miss you...thank you for your courageous personal sacrifice for the sake of all of us!!"
Adena Rollins of Lathrop, CA/USA

"will mcdermott..please email me. i am noah boye's mom. i would love to hear from you. i can tell how you love him. i know all you guys with the 1/5 miss him sooooo much. God bless will and i hope to hear from you at dboye104@hotmail.com.
semper fi
noah's mom
diana boye"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"My deepest sympathy to the family of Christopher, While I did not know him I felt that I did. My husband is a Gy.Sgt currently stationed in Iraq. He to is a very proud Marine. Christopher has paid the highest sacrifice that any man could make for his country and he will not be forgotten by any of the Marine Corps family for his bravery. My heart grieves for you and your family for your loss. May Gods grace be with you during this time."
Laura Mackey of Pensacola, Fla 32533

"My name is Jeanette Garcia and I am Rick Crocker's mother. Thank you for honoring the memory of my beloved son by your kind words. My son's personal growth was enhanced by the people that became a part of him. His spiritual growth continues to develop through your prayers and kindness to our fellow human beings. Thank you for caring. A very proud mother."
Jeanette Garcia of Redondo Beach, CA

"My name is Jeanette Garcia and I am Rick Crocker's mother. Thank you for honoring the memory of my beloved son by your kind words. My son's personal growth was enhanced by the people that became a part of him. His spiritual growth continues to develop through your prayers and kindness to our fellow human beings. Thank you for caring. A very proud mother."
Jeanette Garcia of Redondo Beach, CA

"Bless you, Former soldier"
Gregory Madler of Pittsburgh

"I am just a young 20 year old corpsman i have already been to iraq with the marines i really feel for you and your family. i have seen many die on the battle field and i have also seen many saved. your husband was a great man, sailor, corpsman, and marine. i know he died proudly and honorably no one will forget the great sacrifice he has givin. i pray for you and your family god bless and take care."
HN Hudson, Joshua of Newport, R.I.

"hey
i really did not know him but my best friend jessica was his sister

john is now my hero and will always be a hero in my eye


love alex"
alex stigers of washington

"Over a year has passsed since I starting working on the MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT for those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. The garden will be in Los Angeles either The Pearce College site or the Supulvada Basin. Please listen to the song we have composed for the project. It's called a TREE IN THE MEADOW and can be heard by visiting this website http://www.cybercloud.com
If you like our idea of a Memorial Garden please drop me an e mail at
CRASHNORM@AOL.COM"
Norm Pringle of Los Angeles California

"Some time has passed since Pierre was killed, but he continues to be with me every second of every day. I know how much it would mean to him that he is receiving these messages. As his mother, it is helpful to read the stories from those who recall moments that they shared with Pierre that touched their lives. It helps me to remember that he touched the lives of others in ways that made things...if only for a moment...a little better. For those who have shared these stories...thank you, thank you very much."
Lisa Johnson of Burlington, Vermont

"Dear Mrs. Fisher and child; I am truely sorry for your lost I so badly wanted to send you flowers but had no address for you. Fisher was a great friend sometimes I think he is right there talking to me about some bad things that happened on our trip. I began to cry because i somewhat feel like it is my fault like i could have done something if i was there with him. I fight everyday with not haveing any closer. It is hard for me to talk about it. He is my hero and always will be it was an honor serving with him. After it happened I came home on leave and got a tattoo on my forarm in memory of fisher. Upon my return home for good i decided to have a huge american flag and eagle on my back. This way fisher is always with his flag. My deepest sympathy and i pray for you and your family everyday, that you are safe and healthy if you need and thing please look me up."
Jessica Smee of CT

"To Jacques family and friends,
I am so sorry for your terrible loss. Paul. Jacques brother, proudly showed me pictures of his brother and his platoon in Afghanistan. Those images will remain with me. The gratitude I felt at seeing the faces of the brave, feerless, dedicated soldiers that put their lives on the line so we can have freedom here at home is indescribable.
With great sorrow and sympathy,"
Libby Yater of Dacula, GA

"TO A MAN LEFT HERE AS A HERO AND CAME HOME A HERO.GOD BLESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THE TROOPS THAT STILL FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM.
THANK YOU"
OATES JR FAMILY of PRATTVILLE, AL USA

"THROUGH A SOLDIER'S EYES

(This poem is dedicated to all of the Service Men and Women who have fought to keep this country free; to the memory of all of the fallen soldiers; and in honor of all of the soldiers who are currently fighting in Operation: Iraqi Freedom.)

Through a soldier's eyes
A vast array of things are seen.
Death, life and even love
Felt in their hearts so deep.
So many things they must see
And so much more do they feel.
A death here, a death there
But a few lives are saved here.
Gunshots ring out, bombs explode
But the soldiers stay strong and brave.
They continue fighting till tomorrow
After a short rest today.
A few hours of sleep is what keeps them going;
How much more can they take?
But they rejoice in seeing tomorrow
For some soldiers sleep and never wake.
One cries because he kills a person;
One cries because a friend is lost.
But many rejoice because a life is saved
At not too high a cost.
When will they get to go home?
They long to see family and friends.
Praying they will make it through
Until the war ends.
They fear to become close to others
For death may tear them apart.
They already have enough sorrow
Overflowing the brims of their heart.
This war is against terrorism,
So isn't it supposed to bring peace?
For the safety of our country and soldiers
Many people get down on bended knees.
They are praying four our leaders to have strength
And wisdom to decide what to do.
They are also praying that fighting will cease;
There is already enough that this country has been through.
We continue to have our freedom,
But only through the cost of blood.
The soldiers fight no matter what
Showing that it is this country that they love.
Sleepless nights, endless pain,
But the soldiers still go on.
How much violence will it take
Before another soldier rests alone?
God, watch over our soldiers,
Keep them brave wherever they lie.
For only You truly know
What is seen through a soldier's eyes."
Regina C. Cooper - Baby sister of SPC ROBERT C. COOPER of Ben Wheeler, Texas/ USA

"Just heard the first mix of THE AMERICAN GI. I think this song will become the marching song of all the American GIs. Will let you know when it is released. A large portion of the proceeds will go to a MEMORIAL GARDEN in Los Angeles for those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
I have a question for all those that might read this. Should the MEMORIAL GARDEN be dedicated also to the Britsh soldiers and the Iraqi soldiers that have died alongside our warriors. Visit our website www.cybercloud.com
Send me an E mail Crashnorm@aol.com
_______________________________________"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka Ca.

"My name is Tony DiRaimondo. I lost my son, Michael, on 8 January, 2004 when his medivac helicopter was hit by an enemy missile.

I want to express my sincerest thanks to everyone who wrote sending their love and condolences. I appreciste everything that has been written about the sacrafice of those, like my son, who have made the "ultimate sacrafice."

But I urge every American to be just as supportive and proud of the thousands of serveice men and women who have served and were fortunate to have come back. They are no less the heros than are the fallen. We sleep safe and secure at night because of the U.S. Military. To all of you, I salute you. Thank you for all you have done and may be asked to do in the future. God Bless You and God Bless America.

Tony DiRaimondo
Simi Valley, CA
A Very Proud American"
Tony DiRaimondo of Simi Valley, CA

"My name is Jeanette Garcia and I am Major Ricardo Crocker's mother. I want to thank each and everyone who shared their life with my beloved son. I have to believe he did not die in vain. I know my son completed a mission he felt a duty to complete. He died with his family of marines and he died quickly. He was a proud marine, officer and citizen of this great nation. Once again, thank you for caring enough to honor his memory."
Jeanette Garcia of Redondo Beach, California/USA

"In memory to all veterans,
In a small town on I-80 Princeton,IL we will be rasing four American flags 30x60 ft on poles 145 ft high. We call these the FLAGS of FREEDOM to honor all our past, present, and future veterans. We will raise these flags on 9/10/2005 as a constant salute to their courage, commitment, and their sacrifices. Our prayers go out to the families whose loved ones are serving abroad and to those families of fallen heros who have defended our freedom. (dhollins@amfam.com)"
Dan Hollinsaid father of fallen HERO SSG Lincoln Hollinsaid of Malden, Il 61337

""I just felt the need to express my sincere condolences" .I would like to express for STACK family.
we are so sorry for your lost.we know your pain we lost another marine at the same time and the same day,I completely undestand the pain you are going thru.

"GOD BLESS AMERICA"

marine 1st LT. Oscar Jimenez
Family Jimenez,Of Washington seattle."

"Heroes

Heroes walk among us though few of us will see
Walking with our heads held low, thinking of "just me"
Heroes walk among us though few of us will know
The sacrifices they made for all, the scars that do not show
These heroes that I talk about are young and some are old
Men and women who gladly went wherever they were told
Serving this great Nation in peace time and in war
Heroes walk among us, some straight threw Heaven's door.

Casey_Reeves@msn.com"
Casey Reeves of Long Beach, Ca. USA

"Thomas E. Houser and i graduated from bootcamp together. Plt.2079 Sr. drill instructor SSgt.Golden. He graduated 3rd sqd. ldr. and i 4th sqd. ldr. he was my best friend though out our time together in the marines."
Lcpl. John I. Clemons of St.Cloud, MN

"The song THE AMERICAN GI sung by veteran country singer Evan Kemp has been recorded in Vancouver Canada.It will be released on a CD later this year.
Canadians have always had great respect for the American GI as they fought side by side in WW2. When Britain declared war in 1939 .The bush pilots of the USA headed north to join THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. The sailors of the US costal waters waisted no time to join Her Majesty's Royal Canadian Navy. The CD will be released soon along with a touching ballad about SPC.JOHN WAYNE MILLER a tribute to a special human being. John was killed by a snipers bullet April 12th 2005. John was 21.and worked in the stockroom at the Wall Mart in West Burlington Iowa. He joined the National Guard in March of 2002"
Norm Pringle (composer) of Winnetka , California

"i did not know dwight but i have read about him and he must have been very brave to go fight for our freedom i really appriate that. all of the other soldiers who have lost there lives and who are out there fighting thank you. and God bless you without you the world wouldn't be whole. i hope every one of you get home soon. i will pray for every night."
Kimberly of united states

"I just want to say thank you to all of men and women who have given thier lives for us to keep our freedom. Also want to honor St 1st Class Marcus Murralles who was killed June 28,05 in Afghanstan. To his mother Rosemarie, sister Cindy and her family , wife Diana and his children Anna and Dominic and the rest of his family our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless"
Fonda Weintruat of Shelbyville, Indiana

"To all the families and loved ones left behind to struggle with the loss of a soldier during these fateful days of war, I offer you my heartfelt sympathy. May your memories of your fallen soldier, plant the seeds of hope, honor, and compassion in all who will never know them by name, but will remember them by their valor."
Jean Holmes of Wynantskill, NY, USA

"To all the families of our fallen soldiers. My heart pours out to you for your loss. I can only hope that everyone in America, and the world, understands what your sons and daughters have done for them. Like so many before us they made the ultimate sacrifice so that we, Iraqis and free people all over the world can live in peace. My Brother, SFC John Holmes is currently serving in Iraq. Although he can't wait to come home, he knows we are making a difference and the sacrifices made are not in vain. If called by my nation to serve, I would leave my Wife and three daughters and lay down my life for a better world tomorrow. Freedom is not free. I fly the American flag in my yard every day to remember those that have lost thier lives in the line of duty. God speed to the 42nd and all our soldiers. Thoughts, prayers, and a sincere thank you to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, You have made the world a better place."
Chris Holmes of Wynantskill, NY USA!!!

"Hi i am Kim, I lost my uncle last year in iraq. And I realized that you really have to be a strong person to be ok. But just remeber the good times. And god bless America. Stay strong"
Kim Davies of eagle river,alaska

"FALLEN HEROE CARLOS A PINEDA A.K.A CHEESE, R.I.P JUST REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD EGG FIGHTS WE HAD WITH THE GUYS FROM UP ABOVE. TO HIS FAMILY MAY GOOD GIVE YOU THE PEACE YOU NEED TO KEEP ON GOING EACH DAY AT A TIME.I WILL SEE YOU LATER"
RICARDO & EVA HERNANDEZ of EAST LOS ANGELES, CA

"Good News for the
MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT
I just came back from Vancouver Canada and famed veteran country singer EVAN KEMP recorded
THE AMERICAN GI Most of the proceeds will go to the project. Please visit my website site for updates and sign the guest book if you support our idea.. www.cybercloud.com
e mail//// crashnorm@aol.com"
Norm Pringle of Los Angeles Ca.

"My prayers go out to each of you whom have lost a loved one. No words can even begin to comfort you in your time of grief. I only wish that the years I have left in my life will justify the sacrifice you have given. My god bless you always..."
Karl Spencer of Meridian, Idaho USA

"I just want to say that It was really sad for me loosing a great Brother like Gentian Marku. I will always feel proud of him for the great work he did both for USA and Albania.I come from a village which is very close to where he was born. I also would like to say to the family of Marku Zoti u forcof."
Ilir Geraj of London

"Please know how sorry we are for your terrible loss. Our hearts are breaking for you. Our daughter is a Marine at Camp Pendleton as well and has done two tours in Iraq. This is every parents worst fear. We wish we could offer more but know that we will be lifting you all up in prayer in the coming day and weeks. May God give you His comfort and peace during this tough time."
Roger and Sheri of Branson, MO

"I just want to say Thank you to all the soldiers we have lost- you will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers go to you and your families. We Love You!!!"
Naqia Thomas and Josh Law of Yankton, SD

"thank you"
pete of linton, indiana

"Hey Man, i can't believe when i got the news, It hurts pretty bad specially with all the good times we had before. I know that you are in a better place."
Cpl Perez, Raul G of Miami, fl

"Arnold Duplantier II was an amazing man with an intense passion for everything he did in life. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He will be missed and remembered forever."
Quinn Muehleisen of Suisun City, CA

"Dear Families and Friends of Our Beloved Fallen Soldiers;

As parents, we know that nothing can possibly mend your hearts, but please let me tell you about a beautiful, peaceful, and dignified mountain memorial, to your loved ones.

We spend a lot of summers in Ruidosa, New Mexico. It is a blessed, cool retreat from the soaring Texas heat.

Last summer, we once again, traveled to Ruidosa, after having the wonderful experience of welcoming and honoring thousands of soldiers, from all over the country, when they stopped at DFW International Airport, during the first leg of their two weeks of R & R, after being in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan for extended times.

Perhaps, we hugged your child, husband, wife, son, daughter,other family members, or friends. We treasured, and continue to treasure those hugs, handshakes, and special moments with America's TRUE heroes.

In Ruidosa's local newspaper, (RUIDOSA NEWS, July 23, 2004), we learned of a very special tribute, to our fallen soldiers, by a very loving, local tile maker, Lisa Maue. This heartwarming memorial, located on a winding mountain road, leading to Sierra Blanca, (Ruidosa's ski area,)is serenely beautiful.

In a stand of oaks, your family members are remembered and honored. The hills, outside Maue's home, are a haven for soft winds, which seem to whisper your soldier's name, age, and home state. Yes, EVERY SINGLE SOLDIER, lost during this war, has been remembered. Please know that the individual soldiers' flags, suspended from a thin rope strung between trees, are within touching distance from the ground. We have touched them for you. We have cried for you.

This touchingly beautiful spot, was seemingly chisled from a mountain, just to honor America's beloved soldiers; your sons and daughters.

An open, outdoor "chapel", made from beautiful wild wood, gives those who wish, a place to worship, celebrate a life....to remember.

In another area, lovely multi-colored "prayer flags", (from all different religions/countries), blow gently in the wind, reminding us that, although we are all very different, we all long for the same peace and freedom.

We wish each and every one of you could visit this hallowed spot. It would truly touch your heart and soul, and you would know, without reservation, that your loved ones are now, and always will be remembered, in this serene mountain area, and in the hearts of many who paused to pay their respects, and send their love, to the heavens.

We have just returned from Ruidosa, again. Please know that we visited your loved ones' mountainside, again.
The winds still softly blow, the individual flags still hang with quiet dignity and honor.

I truly feel that God keeps His eye on this hallowed piece of earth, with its sea of red, green, yellow, blue, orange, and purple flags, surrounded by pines, while wild deer stand watch, just as surely as soldiers do at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

It is our dearest hope that by knowing that this special place exists, that your hearts may be soothed, if only for a moment.

May God bless all of you, and grant you peace.

With our love and respect,

Dean and Candy Stuck
6912 Constitution
Watauga, TX 76148
cstuck1818@aol.com"
Dean & Candy Stuck of Watauga, TX 76148

"My name is Joseph Johnson and I am currently serving my second rotation in Iraq with the 3rd ID in Operation Iraqi Freedom...words will never be able to explain what it truly means to lose a friend...while you are here you form a brotherhood that can never be broken. To those who gave all...YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. R.I.P CPT TRISTIAN AIKEN (HHB 1-41 FA CDR)"
Joseph Johnson of Iraq

"To the Family,Be Assured that in a small place tucked away in the mountains of Virginia.A flag is raised in their memory.God Speed."
mike hughes of patrick springs,Va

"To my fallen brothers and sisters and their families,

I have served proudly among you for over 22 years. I too have lost a loved one, he was technically my brother-in-law, yet I called him baby brother. He was a wonderful person and outstanding soldier. My heart goes out to all of you as I can empathize with your pain, anger, and loss.

I salute you!"
CW3(R) Kragl, USA of Ft. Gordon, GA

"TO ALL THE LOVE ONES OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS I PRAY FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALING. I PRAY THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO LOOK TO GOD FOR COMFORT IN YOUR DAYS AHEAD AND TO ALL THAT ARE STILL IN IRAQ THAT YOU AS WELL LOOK TO GOD FOR COMFORT AND PRAY THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU"
DIANA of ALAMOGORDO/NM/USA

"As a veteran, this message is to honor all the soldiers who lost their lives serving our great United States of America. Especially, the soldiers from American Samoa (U.S. Territory) that don't get enough recognition in the media nationwide. As a full blood Samoan Veteran, I'm sharing this message because I know what it takes to serve our wonderful USA country with honor. Needless to say, people don't know that Pacific Islanders fought in WWII when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, to sustain this freedom we uphold in America. Our deepest sympathy to the fallen soldiers and God Bless!"
M.F. Chester Palesoo of Palo Alto, California

""TO MY BEAUTIFUL SON" I know if you were able to read this, you would say Mom , choose another word. But my son , that's how I see you , a beautiful , loving & caring person. I will miss you dearly, the sound of your voice, the conversation we shared, Mom and Son. It's really hard for all of us, your Dad, sister's, cousin's & grand parent's. My son you took a great part of my heart with you. There is no substitute for you. I am so proud of you , more then words could say , for the stand you took, going into U.S. ARMY. It is such a great loss to your family, & a great loss to U.S. ARMY.
I love you Bobby, you will forever be in my heart. People want to believe they have the right to tell . A family how they should grieve the loss of a Son, or Daughter. They have no idea what a great loss, a family will have to live with. "So I say to all of the proud families, that loss a love one in the U.S. Armforces. You will forever be in Our Prayer's. We are all family to our Fallen Heroes ! A special thank's to 864th ENBN 555TH. Manuever enhancement Brigade. "Rest in Peace my son Bobby! May the Angels watch over you, until we meet again in heaven. We will watch over your children! Alway's & forever we will love you! Gone but never forgotten ! Love Mom , Dad & family!"
Sharon L. White of Tobyhanna , PA USA

"BRAD WAS MY COUSIN,ALTHOUGH WE DIDNT GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER ALL THAT GREAT.THE TIME WE DID SPEND TOGETHER I GOT TO KNOW THAT YOU WERE A VERY WARMHEARTED SINCERE MAN,SOMEONE WHO LOVED HIS FAMILY AS WELL AS WHATEVER HE INVESTED HIS TIME IN..I THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY,WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR HERO....BRAD"
KURT SQUIRES of FLINT,MICHIGAN

"I Just want to say thank you to all our brave hearts over seas for everything you guys do and to those who gave all! No words can say how much you are appreciated for all your hard work! THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM-"GOD BLESS"
Heather of Camp Lejeune NC USA

"May his soul rest in peace"
Tola of Chicago , IL / Country

"I went to school with Linda Villar at Cambridge College in Boston Mass. Linda was one of the first people I made friends with at school and we did many projects together. She was the nicest person I meat at school. I also had the previlegy to meet her daughter on one occasion. It is hard to believe something like this happened to someone you knew. I hope Linda rest in peace and her daughter grow up to be the same wonderful person that her mother was."
Ryan Ribeiro of Boston, Ma

"PLease read our on going effort to create
THE MEMORIAL GARDEN IN LOS ANGELES
for the memory of over 1700 GIs who have paid the supreme sacrifice
THE WEBSITE IS
www.cybercloud.com
You can help by signing out guest book
Hear the songs we are planning for a special CD. And see the salute to a famous American GI Sgt Elvis Presley
Thank you
Norm Pringle
WWW2 Vet
Crashnorm@aol.com"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka Ca.

"In memory of SPC Terrance Delan Lee,Sr. Now that you are gone you will be sadly miss, not only by me but your family too. You were my friend, my confidant, and your presents had always given me the strength to go forward and not let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your dreams. My condolences goes out to your family. When I see that shining star at night in the sky, I know that it is you that perfect angel watching over everyone."
Shelia Smith of Houston,Tx

"HI MY NAME IS JOSEPH PEREZ MY BROTHER WAS 1 OF THE SOLDIERS WHO DIED WITH YOUR SON IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST I KNOW HOW IT FEELS THIS IS THE FIRST I HAD THE COURAGE TO LOOK FOR THE OTHER 2 SOLDIERS WHO STOOD STRONG WITH MY BROTHER I NEVER HEARD MY BROTHER SPEAK OF HIM IM SURE HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN YOU CAN SEE IT IN HIS FACE I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT inmemoryofSPCwilfredo@hotmail.com"
Joseph Perez of POUGHKEEPSIE NY

"To Debbie, Paul, Terik and family
Words cannot express the heartfelt gratitude I have in my heart for Dustin and all that he has done. Thank You for your sacrifice and his. I pray for you every night that you may have the courage to get through each and everyday.I pray that your hearts will remain soft and not hardened.I know that Dustin was a caring individual. He had to have been especially when he has such a neat family. Take care of yourselves. It will take time to heal. I lost my dad 9 months ago and there is not a day go by that I don't think of him. Somedays will be easy, other days will be hard. Hang on to your memories they will get you through the rough times. Once again, Thank you."
Donna Worrell of St. Anthony, Idaho

"To all families of soldiers who have fallen- I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your son/daughter died a true American Hero. It is because of them the rest of us live in peace and safety. We thank you for them. If you ever want their story written in my online newspaper, take a look at my site, and leave me a message.

http://rightfielder.blogspot.com

I would be honored to write a story telling their lives, service to their country, and sacrifice for freedom.
May God bless you during this difficult time."
Brian Huard of Murrieta, CA, USA

"To the beloved of all our fallen heroes. Thank you for the service of your loved ones and the sacifice that they and you have made. May God grant you peace and serenity during your time of grief. As a veteran of the Armed Forces and father of a Marine, I can not imagine your grief and pray that I never know it. But I honor all our members of the service and their families. You may visit http://sitewise.us/Scott to see a tribute to your fallen soldier and all soldiers past and present who have worn the uniform. Thank you and may God Bless you and your loved ones and may he bring them all home soon."
S. Godbey of Chicago, IL/USA

"Cpt. Teal:

You were a great man. Although I knew you for such a short time. I will never forget your kindness, bravery and sense of duty. You volunteered to help out one of the teams. You wanted to make Iraq and our country a better place for your service. When I came back from my mission that fateful day and found out you were gone...well I've been home for over a year, and I still haven't gotten over it. I wish people back here could truly realize the sacrifice that you and 1700 of our fellow brothers have made. Unfortunately, they will never truly understand. God Bless your family, Chuck and Jared. We are all living the pain of your loss.

A friend,
443 CA/Baqubah CMOC 2003"
Sgt. Vigue of Maine

"Ima veteran of vietnam this moved me to no end as i count by blessing and pray for all the fallen soliders of all the wars Who paid the price of are freedom let them never be forgotten ....i believe that vietnam vets where slided on there return and these brave father"s and mothers are making sure That this never happens to there sons and daughters for this i'll always be greatful God bless yall and GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. Aman"
David Watson of Vienna Wva USA

"I am the grandmother to sgt Jessie Housby and i would like to thank everyone who has wrote their thoughts and prayers in this location she was well loved and is missed deeply . she was one of a kind.she loved everyone she met. everyone was her friend
thank you all and god bless you all"
margaret Housby of Rock Island IL.

"Chris,
You were more than my love, you were my bestfriend, my soulmate. I coudn't have asked for more. I'm so proud of you, probably more than you will ever know. I will awake each morning knowing you will not call and will not come home to me. I will live each day for the rest of my life trying to comprehend that you are gone. I will never forget the memories that we shared, baby. I never thought you'd never come back. I miss you so much but I know you're with God and that gives me peace. I know you died doing what you wanted to do, you always wanted to help people. Good-Bye sweetheart, I will see you again someday. No one will ever forget you. I love you and I miss you so much. Rest in peace my sweet little angel. You're my hero."
Chrissy of USA!!!

"For everyone who has lost a loved one by war...remember....
They will never be forgotten. They're courage and strength will be passed on to us-those they died to keep free.
Remember also, that the best is yet to come! This world is nothing compaired to the heaven there is for them! There's no more death, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more crying! Imagine that! Our soldiers died fighting to ease the pain and suffering that others experienced/are experienceing/would have experienced. Thats what heaven is all about.
Some day we'll all be together again...in a beautiful place called heaven. Just remember that.
For all those still fighting:
We love you guys! You're an inspiration to us.
I pray every night that if its the Lord's will you'll all make it home...and for those of you that won't...I pray that you'll give your lives to God completely (if you haven't already) so we can all meet again in heaven.
Keep up the good work!!!! Remember what your fighting for and keep your chin up! Never let anyone tell you its not worth it! Freedom is worth it! :D"
J n H of Alaska, USA

"I would like to remember my brother-in-law who was one of the 248 that died in December 1985 on the Gander, Newfoundland crash. We miss him everyday.We pray for the families of all the Screaming Eagles that died that morning."
Brenda Hitt of Panama City, FL

"To the Family of David Burridge; I was one of the marines in charge of David while in Iraq and he really was a great friend,person,marine,all around buddy he would crack all of us up. Always talking about home his mom, sister, fiance, he had a lot of dreams in mind when returning home once again and iam sorry he couldn't! David is a prime example of what a hero is and a marine i will always remember the days and hours i spent with my FRIEND Pfc David Burridge. I'll always miss you. Lcpl Reyes 2/1 Fox Co 0331 United States Marine Corps"
Samuel Reyes Jr. of Houston,Texas

"You taught me alot of things about life and the army. You were the best squad leader a soldier could ask for. You will never be forgotten."
Spc. Ken Young of Houston, TX

"My soul weeps for you, for you gave us all you had and all I can give in return is tears of gratitude. May God keep you in His loving arms until we can all be together again."
Beth of Newport Beach, CA USA

"You are my shipmates and my devil dogs. As a corpsman I would willinging place my life on the line to have saved yours. If I could turn back time I would. You will forever be in my heart all of you. To all of the families, my heart aches with you."
Kim (HM2) of Baltimore MD

"My love go's out to all family members who lost a love one. As a Vietnam Vet. I salute my fallen comrades and will always remember those who gave all. Remember A NATION THAT FORGETS ITS DEFENDERS WILL ITSELF BE FORGOTTEN. God Bless Each And Everyone."
Jack and Robin Betts Family. of North Branch Michigan

"my heart goes out to Darells family.. we are a friends of the family i grew up with him and it saddens me to know that he is no longer with us today . but he kn ows that we all love him ! i love you guys and take care. we pray fro you everynight!"
Cupp Family of Lancaster/formerly of wellston

"Jeff, you were and are my friend and brother vet. It was so good to see you at church the last time you were on leave. What we saw in each others eyes ment more than than words. I Hope you liked the CD.

If it wasn't for you and your fellow Marines we would have been blown off the oil plat. You have been a mentor to my son. DJ has your picture on his bedroom wall. We all miss you, and we will always remeber what you did and where you are now.
Christ be yours!

Semper Fi my friend!"
of Washington

"thanks guys for your hard but good work... the freedom need men (and women) like our
TAKE CARE!
DK"
DIMITRIOS of Bologna (italy)

"TO SANDY GREBEL IM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOU TO LOSE YOUR LOVED HERO(CHRES)AN I SHARE YOU YOUR PAIN ,GOD BLESS OUR HEROES , THEY DID THEIR DUTY AN WE ALL SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEM AN THEY ARE IN OUR MEMORIES AN WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN ."
FADIA of BAGHDAD, IRAQ

"I just want to thank all American Soldiers who gave their lives in OIF as well as all other American conflicts. My heartfelt smpathy goes out to all of their family and friends. I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is for you. If it is any consolation, they sacrificed their own lives for this country, which is the greatest honor any Soldier can possibly achieve. They gave up their own freedom in order to set others free, and do what they knew was right. They gave their lives for that cause, when others looked the other way. They are the true Heroes. Keep them and their families in your hearts and prayers."
Steve of Ft. Campbell, KY

"To all of you who have left us, our love of life is tempered by the bitter tears of your memory. I never knew you, but I will never forget you. Thank you, and I hope you are with God looking down upon us with mercy. We look up to you with love and longing."
Hemant Phadnis of Ossining, NY

"Thank you to all who have posted on this website as well as on my nephew Chris Duffy's page. Your thoughts, prayers and words are welcomed and comforting. A year has passed since Chris has left us and we still have days in which we cannot believe that he is gone."
Sandy Grebel of Point Pleasant, NJ

"Charles was a great person. I loved him very much. Willie will always miss you Charles. I love you rest in peace.
You will be missed by us all."
Amanda Weaver (neice of Sherry Weaver and cousin to Charles), Willie Weaver, and Aunt Melody of Jamestown, NY

"He was black, he was brown, red, yellow and white.
He was short, he was tall, he was stout,he was slight.
He was from the city, from the country,
from the USA.
He was just another soldier, a soldier that died today.

He was from the north, from the south, from the east and from the west.
It mattered not where he was from when the metal pierced his vest.
His name was John, or Steve or Bob, it could have been Jose,
He was just another soldier who happened to die today.

It was not his will to be there that was someone else's order.
But he did his duty everyday until that fatal mortar.
His momma doesn't know yet as she goes about her day
Her son was just another soldier who
happened to die today.

There was one like him killed yesterday and another the day before.
There'll be another tomorrow there might be three or four.
Please don't forget these heroes as you hit your knees and pray.
Pray for just another soldier who will surely die today."
Andy Anderson of Orlando, FL

"My heart and prayers go out to the family members and friends who have lost someone. May God bless each and everyone of you. For your loved ones will never be forgotten. For they are and always will be Hero's. Thank-you so very much."
Nicole( Wife of a soilder in Iraq) of Ft.Hood,Texas,USA

"Our son, Leonard W. Adams, died @ Camp Bucca, Iraq Jan 24, 2005.He was 42 years old, two children and a new wife and step-daughter. He had over 22 years in the Guard and was just beginning to realy enjoy life again when he was activated. He went without reservation to serve his country and was proud to do so. We are so proud of him and what he stood for and have big holes in our hearts. We will continue to remember the good things and his smile and go forth as a family.
We will always support our troops and pray for their safe return.
Our sympathy goes out to the other familys that have lost a love one and we pray for them also.

God bless America"
Bob & Shirley Adams of Raleigh, NC 27613

"My heart and prayers to families and loved ones of fallen heroes. We are so proud of those that served...are serving and have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of the freedoms that we hold so dear. All of you are not and never will be forgotten. You will remain in our hearts forever."
Barbara of Alabama USA

"To all of the families of the fallen, you are in my prayers and in my heart and keep the faith and God will make everything ok. My brother is also a fallen soldier and we think of them all everyday."
Nicole of Memphis TN USA

"To all the warriors who have given their lives to protect the freedom of all Americans, rest easy knowing that your sacrifices are well appreciated and you will never be forgotten. We respect and honor your sacrifice."
Sgt. Jeremy Tepper, USMC of Yuma, AZ

"Mr. and Mrs. Dunham: I am a retired Marine and have a son who is currently in the Marine Corps. I can't begin to explain how deeply touched I am by your son's story. I have followed it for the past year. I wanted to thank you for raising such a fine man. Wars will make heros out of men but the parents must first make the man. What an amazing job you have done. My deepest sympathy is sent to your family. I would also like to extend my deepest appreciation to you and to your family for how you are handling this tragic loss and how you are respecting the memory of one of the finest our Corps and country have sacrificed. Semper Fi."
E. M. Simms of Stafford, VA

"To my dearest Dustin, my son,my hero,and above all,my friend.I can still see your smiling face,hear your beautiful voice, I can feel you near me, always.I`m so sorry son that we didn`t get to have that talk we so desperately needed,the silence spoke volumes,we know how we felt, love,and respect beyond words, 4-25-05,It was the worst day of my life,you died and part of me died with you, I feel so alone. You were only home from the war for three weeks and you and andy hit that tree. I don`t know how to deal with this, since the funeral,no one has written, your army brothers from 1st cav. havn`t called or written either.Why?,they spent the last year of their life with you and I need to hear their stories!!.I`ve been left out of everything,and it makes the pain so much worse. Your best Qualities you got from me,thanks for listening, those "feelings" kept you and your buddies alive,and brought you and them home safe.you did your duty with HONOR son and for that I will be forever PROUD!!! if anyone knows his army brothers at; Delta Co.1/9 1st cav.div Ft.Hood, TX have them drop me a line at voodoofire1@yahoo.com or Dustin's dad, 5101 so. adams #27 Marion, IN 46953.I need to know my son`s life meant something. DUSTIN, I remember; "ONE THING",by Finger 11,I`ll never forget, I`ll miss you every day,love DAD"
Steve Hartley of Marion, IN.

"To the family and friends of LCPL James A. Casper. I served with James with Echo BTRY during OIFII. I would like to say he was a great man and a hard worker. He will be for ever missed with the Marines he served with"
LCPL Gulbranson of Hokah, MN

"To the family of Ryan Martin, Amity,OH:
Just watched the Memorial Day edition of Nightline and saw "Martin's" picture among the other K.I.A.s. I am still SO sorry for your loss. It does not seem like it has really been 9 months since he was home on his two-week leave during the county fair and then less than 3 weeks later he was killed. While here he seemed so different. So aged beyond his years. He told many of us that he did not want to go back, that he had a bad feeling about it. I think that is why he made a point to see as many of us as he could in those 2 weeks. He was such a great guy. No matter what he did you could never stay mad at "Martin" for very long because in the end he would make you laugh and you would forget why you were mad in the first place. We will always remember the times with him in the "Hillbilly" parkinglot. He touched us all so deeply that many have imortalized him in the form of tatoos. Most saying Hero: R.A.M. I know that it is such a comfort to you, Tom, to be able to see where Ryan has been laid to rest, across the field, where he belongs. May God and time help ease your pain. Know that we all think and speak of Ryan often. He will never be forgotten for his bravery and sacrafice. Gone. But NEVER forgotten.
In loving memory of Ryan A. Martin"
Friends of "Martin" of Mt. Vernon,Ohio

"Thanks to ALL Veteraqns on this Memorial Day 2005!!! I am proud to serve along side all of you. To the families who lost loved ones, a grateful nation mourns with you and is thankful for their service to this Nation and their sacrifice. God Bless America!!!"
Norman of Trion, GA (TN ANG)

"im grateful to every soldier in service and those who have passed away..I will die soon and I know ill be safe coz theyre guarding the streets in heaven. thanks to all of them.. I cant help but cry today as its memorial day. soldier had given us FREEDOM and we'll forever be grateful to them. THANKS TO YALL. I'll meet you soon on the other side. may god bless you."

"For PFC Bobby Mills.KIA 5/28/51. Miss you so much. Forever in my heart"
Diana Dillon (Sister) of Toms River, NJ

"Our small town of Orwell, Ohio today laid to rest Sgt. Kurt Schamberg. Although we are a small town, I never met Sgt. Schamberg, however that did not stop me from attending his memorial sevices. I am proud to say that Sgt. Kurt Schamberg was and always will be a part of our community."
Pam Bell of Orwell, Ohio

"The VFW in my town made crosses for each person killed during the Iraqi & Afghanistan wars. These crosses were set up in the city park. Following the Memorial Day services today, we were asked to select crosses to take home. My "heroes" are Jeffrey C. Graham, 24, Army 2nd Lt of Elizabethtown, KY and Cory R. Mracek, 26, Army Sgt of Hay Springs, NE. I pray for every service person; however, I will hold Jeffrey and Cory in a special place in my heart."
Carla Porath of Emmett, ID USA

"My heart and love goes out to all the families that have lost their Sons and Daughters in this conflict. I am so very fortunate that my Son served 6 years in the Army and is home safe...If it were in my power, I would wish your Son's/Daughters to be home safe too. God Bless you."
Robert of Raleigh, NC, USA

"On Memorial Day and always, my prayers & thoughts are with all the family who have lost their love one in Iraq. May God bless you all & give you comfort. I'm so sorry for your lost."
Maria Neida Mercado of Raeford, North Carolina

"I was a medic in SPC Adriana Salem's unit. Of all of the soldiers I saw and treated on a daily bases at the TMC, I remember SPC Salem quite clearly...a young, beautiful soldier. My condolences to her family. I think of her often. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers."
Lea-Ann of CA

"Noah Boye,
Well bro its been more than a year since you died and I want you to know that I haven't forgotten you. You will always be my brother, and I want you to know I miss you like crazy bro. Well the platoon is back in Iraq again. Crazy huh? Who would've thought we'd have to be here for the third time. Oh well thats what we get paid for. Well, I finally got married, my wife is pregnant, and guess what we're gonna name our son... Noah Lee, I wish you could be there to meet him bro. Thanks for watching out for me this whole time, I know there has been a couple times that if it weren't for you being there watching over me I definitely wouldn't be here today. I miss you more than can be expressed and just know that I'll never forget you. Until we meet again,
Your Brother, Mcdermott (Dirty)"
Will Mcdermott of Ramadi Iraq 1stBN 5th MAR

"My name is Cpl Aaron R Edgecombe, ------ I was beside Joe at the time he was killed. I actually had swapped places with him about 1.5 minutes before he was killed. If anyone would like to talk with myself or Justin Pilgrim {the other Marine whom tried to save him} please e-mail me at ae1371@yahoo.com Semper Fi Aaron R Edgecombe 3rd Award Cpl."
Aaron Edgecombe of Oakley, Illinois

"In Loving Memory of Lcpl. Fred L Maciel
D.O.D. January 26, 2005

It's Memorial Day weekend and I find myself wiping away the tears. I still see your smiling face and hear your laughter as if you were still here with us. Although you and Jamie never got the chance to marry, I love you like my own son. Memories of you and Jamie still fill my mind, but the harsh reality leaves a empty place in my heart! I do not have the words to tell you just how thankful I am to God for the time he allowed you here with us! I watched you grow from a young boy playing varsity football into one of America's finest young men, a U. S. Marine. I am very proud of the man you became. You will always hold an everlasting place in my heart and I will never forget the ultimate price you paid to make sure that we live in freedom.

So this Memorial Day, I will stop to give thanks for you and other service men and women who has given me the chance to live free! I miss you son!

God Bless Our Troops!

Love,
Mom "H""
Patricia Hommel of Spring, Texas, U.S.A."
Patricia Hommel

"it's memorial day weekend and our sons and daughters are still at war. their minds are focused on things unimaginable to us all. "jarhead" by anthony swofford takes you into the mindset of a marine at war. it will pertain to any man or woman in the theatre. i urge you all to read this book. put yourselves in the boots of our loved ones that are standing in the sand. if all america read this book...they would all understand all the battles are loved ones are fighting in one given moment...whether it be mental, physical, spiritual, etc.
thank you to our troops and thank you to our fallen heroes.
semper fi"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"To the Family & friends of SFC Donald Eacho,,his kindred spirit IS, and will ALWAYS, be with you and those he served with and for.
I'm honored to have served with him, and had him touch my life in a most positive way.
May God Bless"
SFC Larry P. Robbins of Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA

"HEY THIS IS FADIA FROM IRAQ I ALWAYZ FEEL SORRY WHEN I SEE AMERICAN GETTIG HURT OR DIE AN I WISH I COULD DO SOMETHIN TO STOP IT , IM REALLY SORRY FOR ALL THE FAMILIES THAT LOST A LOVED ONE ,AN ALL THAT SHOULDNT BE HAPPEN , OUR FAMILIES AN THEIRS THEY DIDNT HAVE TO SACRAFICE . WHY ?, WHAT FOR?, TO HELP US ,OH MY GOD HOW HEROES THEY ARE TO FACE ALL THIS TO HELP PEOPLE THEY DONT EVEN KNOW JUST COS THEY ARE NICE AN SWEET,THEY DESERVE MORE THAN BEING HEROES .I ALWAYZ IMAGINED WHAT THEIR MOMS AN DADS AN KIDS WILL SAY OR DO IF THEY LOSS THEM AN I PUT MY SELF IN THEIR PLACE AN ASKED MY SELF WHAT WILL MY MOM AN DAD DO IF THEY LOSS ME AN I WAS CRYING JUST TO THINK OF IT COS ITS REALLY A HURT FEELNG.I WANNA SAY TO OUR HEROES THANX FOR EVERY THING YOU HAVE DONE FOR US AN THANX FOR HELPING US TO GET OUR FREEDOM AN I REALLY PROUD OF YOU ,YOU ARE SUCH STARS SHINING IN OUR SKY AFTER A LONG DARKNESS WE LIVED IN .AN I WANNA YOU TO KNOW I'LL DO MY BEST TO HELP EVERY SOLIDER I'LL MEET THOUGH ITS HARD AN DENGEROUS BUT IM READY TO DO ANY THING JUST TO MAKE THEM FEEL JUST LIKE THEY ARE IN HOME ,I AM SO SAD FOR SOMETHIN HAPPEN TO ME WHEN ONCE I WAS WALKING IN THE STREET WIHT MY COUSIN (3 YEARS OLD) AN MY AUNT AN WE WERE WAVING TO SOME AMERICAN STOPPING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET AN ONE OF THEM CAME RUNNING TOWARDS US TO GIVE US A SWEET HE WAS BOUT TO EAT IT BUT MY AUNT PREVENTED ME FROM TAKING IT COS SHE WAS AFRAID FROM SOME TERROREST WERE IN THE STREET STARING AT AS ANGERLY COS WE SAID HI TO THE HEROES AN WHEN I WENT BACK TO THE HOUSE I CRIED ALOT, AN I HOPE THAT THIS SOLDIER IS ALIFE AN HE CAN SEE THIS MSG AN SEE HOW MUCH IM SAD AN SORRY COS I FELT THAT I BROKE HIS HEART COS HE'LL THINK THAT EVERY ONE HATES THEM AN I DONT WAN TO ANY ONE OF THEM TO FEEL LIKE THIS ,COS I KNOW HOW IS THAT FEELNG, SO I WANTED TO SAY IM SORRY AN I HOPE YOU'LL UNDERSTAND .AN I ALWAYZ PRAY AN ASK THE GOD TO HELP OUR HEROES AN MAKE THEM STRONGER .AN TO ALL THE FAMILIES IF ANY ONE OF YOU WANT ME TO SAY SOMETHIN FOR ANY ONE OF YOUR HEROES LIKE E-MAILING THEM OR PHONING THEM SO HERES MY E-MAIL ADDRESS AN PHONE NOMBER: (FADIA_BECKHAM@YAHOO),(+9647801565605) ,AN I'LL DO MY BEST.
I WISH I CAN FIND THE WORDS TO SHOW MY LOVE AN RESPECT TO ALL THE HEROES .GOD BLESS AMERICA AN ITS PEOPLE ."
FADIA of BAGHDAD(RITE NOW BUT I DONT LIVE IN IT ), IRAQ.

"i just wanted to mention a very respectable man who served in iraq and who did a great life changing job in there...he served in my city where i live and he's got all the respect from all the people there especially my family he never made us think of him as he was someone from the military or put some wall between us cause we were iraqis he was and of course still is a great man...this is a big thx to him and all the other heroes who served in iraq and to thier families god bless you all!"
shahad of iraq

"Gary... I know you're in good hands now... and in peace .... We will always remember your courage and your braveness.... We salute You!!!"
Vida Lambus of Cainta, Rizal, Sienans '92

"I come from a Big Family and we were all served in the AirForce but Have the Highest respect for any Marine. There the ones on the frontline so we can have a better life and make this World a better place. I read the story about youre Son and I couldnt help but fall to tears and I also said to myself What awesome Parents he must have. Youre Son cared about others which I never see anymore in this day of age. Im in the Customer Service buisness and if the war is brought up I tell them the story of youre son and how blessed we all are for youre son and all the other Marines Serving our Country. Thankyou for letting me read the story about youre son because if it wasnt for him I wouldnt have the great life I have today. When I die and go to Heaven the frist thing I want to do is shake youre Sons hand and say Thankyou for being my Hero.."
Eric of Victorville California USA

"To all family members who have lost a loved one in OIF or OEF. I send my condolences out to you. May god bless you."
Christopher W. Harry of Wahiawa, Hawaii.

"Our nation cannot repay you for your loss. We can only honor your loved ones by remembering them in our hearts and supporting the ideals that they died to preserve. All our love and grattitude."
Kim of Bonita, CA 91902

"On behalf of the Givens' family, I would like to thank all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in our lives. Steven is truly a hero, our hero, and he will be deeply missed. Remember to keep all of the soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom in your thoughts and prayers. As we have so painfully learned, freedom is not free!"
Douglas Givens of Prattville, AL USA

"May God grant you comfort in your time of sorrow. I know what you are going through. Your son was brave, honorable and serious about his love of country.
Aunt of Captain Andrew R. Houghton,USArmy, 1stID, died from wounds received in Iraq fighting for freedom on Aug. 9, 2004"
Sharon Houghton Grasshoff of Katy, Texas

"May God be with the families and friends of those soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
On this Memorial Day let us remember those who have gone before so that we may live in freedom. My prayers are with you all."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Jacob Simpson,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. From the deepest part of our hearts we thank you for your passion for humanity. My heart aches for your family and may they find comfort in your heroism.
To Roberta Simpson,
You have always been generous, supportive, and provided wisdom. I wish you many blessings and I offer you my support in any way. Love always,"
Hannah Farza of Porland VAMC, Oregon

"Martin~*~
I remember the first time I met you in Middle School. You jumped a flight of stairs and almost landed on me. What a strange way to start a friendship. Though you never did do things traditionally. HAHA! I remember when you used to teach Heather and I self defense in Keith's basement during band practice. GOOD TIMES!
Tony and I stopped and saw Joe the other week. He's doing so well. He's almost as big as you are. We sat around and listened to some of your CDs. I wish you could have been there.
We all miss you so much. I wish you could be here with us. I talk to you a lot and sometimes I could swear that you answer me. Maybe you do. But it helps to know you are looking down on us, making sure we're okay. You are and will forever be my HERO!"
Nicole Shickley of Windsor, PA/ USA

"As a Vietnam Veteran, my heart goes out to all the families who lost love ones. Those Men and Women gave their lives to protect the freedom of others will be forever remembered. God bless America and my prayers will continue for all concerned."
RAY CHARLES ROBERSON of Anaheim, Ca., USA

"I'm sorry that we didn't do enough to bring you all home."
TSgt Johnny I. Boatright of New Haven, IN

"I aonly watched half of the Extreme Make over with the Piestewa family and want a copy of the show does anyone knowa how or where i can get one? lopezelaine@sbcglobal.net"
Angela of 98370

"I just found this site and it brought tears to my eyes. Now more than ever I realize that our freedom is a precious gift that comes with such a high price. We take so much for granted. My deepest condolences to the families of all the fallen soldiers. I am so proud to be an american and grateful to all the soldiers who have helped to secure our freedom. God bless them and their gieving family members. They will always be remembered in my heart......."
Laura of Des Plaines, Illinois

"Dearest Sonya, I hope that you know that you are in all of our prayers. I grew up with Daniel in Moore and feel blessed to call him one of my closest friends. He was the greatest and was so lucky to have a wife and kids that loved him the way that you all did. To his parents I send my heart and want you to know that I truely appritiate the gift yall gave us all in Daniel. If there is ever anything that i can do to ease your pain please let me know. Daniel until we can meet again buddy just know that i live all of our memories daily and miss you greatly. Watch over your family and friends like i know that you do already. I love you buddy. your friend, DC3 Mel Daggs (Haggard) USN haggarrm@halsey.navy.mil"
Mel Daggs of San Diego, Ca

"Daniel buddy, I think about you all the time. I still cannot believe I live in a world that you are not a part of. You have been my buddy for 15 years and I will keep you in my heart for the rest of my life. You have always been the best of everyone that you touched and I thank you. Till we meet again buddy, your friend DC3 Mel Daggs (Haggard) usn"
Mel Daggs of San Diego, Ca

"May the spirit sperit bless you"
Mike of San Francisco, CA USA

"Dear Jon,
I think about you a lot more now that you are gone but I know that you are still with everyone. God Bless You and rest in peace."
Katie of Crystal Lake, IL

"May Creator Bless the Piestewa family and all the families who have lost loved ones. This I send in honor of my Uncle, James Norman Phipps, USN. KIA Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th, 1941"
normandee nelson of Newport, Oregon

"I am so honored to be an American, it is because of remarkable men & women like Lori Piestewa who have given me and my children our freedom. She leaves a tremendous legacy behind her. It is because of selfless Americans like Lori that the United States is the the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Thank you Lori, and thank you Piestewa family."
Christine of Colorado

"To Lori's family and the family of every soldier passed and also those still fighting for our freedom. God Bless each and every one of your for your selfless sacrifices. You are now and will forever be in my heart. I will pray for you as you watch over your fellow soldiers from Heaven above."
Danielle of Hollywood, FL/USA

"To my fellow Brothers and Sisters of all Branches, I send my love and prayers to the families of those who have lost their lives while giving my kids freedom each day they wake. The time I served, I will never forget those who stood by my side. All who have been lost will forever be in my heart! West Virginia mourns for our Angels as well as others."
Breanna Frush, Formally: Sgt. Breanna Robinson of 3664th Maint. Co. Army Nat'nl Guard of Vienna, W.V.

"My deepest sympathy to all who have lost loved ones. May God bless you.For the sacrafice your loved one made, my children will know what freedom is."
Janice of Bloomingdale

"The Rebeccas of the world just don't get it. Some people never will. It isn't about oil. If it were about oil, don't you think it would be flowing so freely here right now that you would be paying far less at the pump than you are?? Haven't you figured out that there are zealots in this world bent on destroying us just BECAUSE we are free and can choose a religion, or music, or a style of dress of which they don't approve? Did you not see the carnage of September 11th? Remember the U.S.S. Cole? Beirut? Wake up--support our troops and our president. Otherwise, be prepared to let others make all the decisions for you about your lifestyle, and that of your children."
D.K.
Major, USMC (retired)"
D.K. of Chester, VA

"Pal i still think about you every day that i wake. I miss you sooooooo much! I know you are safe in heaven and u are watching us from above. I will always remember all the fun times we had together and how you always made me laugh. You were always there for me and I will always and forever cherish that. Thank you for serving our country. Im just glad to know you are safe with the lord now. You will always be admired and extremely missed. love you my one and only PAL."
Sandra bailon of corona ca

"To the family of Army Pfc. James Lambert my cousin Army Pfc. Richard Rosas, we as their families approach their 1 year. OUR HEROS would dearly want to be by our side, but out reality
is that we only have their memories to cherish AS WELL AS GREAT PRIDE IN CALLING THEM OUR HEROS. We share your loss, my family will also always remember your son "James".

During this time I encourage my Aunt and Uncle to remember our "Ricky" with great proudness and that they died for our COUNTRY and FREEDOM not to many are in those shoes. Their LEGEND WILL NOT ONLY OUT LIVE US, BUT WILL LIVE WITHIN US.

I Rosamaria Mares am so proud to call them our Heros! I am glad that I also shared with my cousin "Ricky" as to how proud I was of him on his last visit not knowing that he was not to
return.

May God bless your family and our's during these difficult times.

e-mail: rmares@ci.lansing.mi.us"
Rosamaria Mares of Lansing MI USA

"Thank you to all of the soldiers and families who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.Think of them when you are voting,buying a house,graduating from school,or just taking a walk.REMEMBER because of them you can live your life free and safe from the terror that struck our country not so long ago.God Bless you ALL"
Amy Blue of Bemus Point New York

"I would like to send my condolences and thanks to the soldiers and their loved ones for the sacrifice they make to help keep us all free and safe here in the usa and overseas too."
debbie main of emporium , pa

"this msg is to gina myres, my heart is with u may god help u thru this time i hope that ur husband will be safe in my country thanks for the freedom that hes sharing us with the gift that we all iraqis apprettiate thanks from all my heart...and hey i might see ur husband if he came to baghdad!!"
shahad of iraq

"I hold dear all who serve and all who have paid the utimate price for freedom. You are all true heros...so very brave and I will never forget. I pray for the loved ones left behind. I thank you so very much, my heart is with you."
Lidia M Leicht of Harrisburg Pa USA

"i would just like to thank all the people who are serving their country. my husband will be going to iraq in november and i pray that he will be safe. thank you to all of you serving our country."
gina myers of camp lejeune, nc/usa

"hey it's shahad from iraq again, i always check these msgs and i always feel sorry for it to all the families who lost thier loved ones i'm sorry god bless u all"
shahad of iraq

"This message is to the family of SSG Charles Gillican of the 1/118th FA of Brunswick,GA.He was a good soilder and a better freind we will all miss him very much.We are very sorry for your loss."
Cpl Smith of SVC Btry

"Thank you for providing us with safety, you will never be forgotten"
Carolyn of Marion,Ohio

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kirven/Bell family on the tragic loss of thier beloved son Nicholas."
Kim and VJ Rathburn of Chantilly, Virginia

"hey, my name is shahad i'm from iraq i am an iraqi citizen i lived the whole war and i've seen soldiers die right infront of me whenever it happenes whenever i hear an explosion i wonder why is it happening at all..why do they have to pay?why ?why do thier families..our families have to pay? my dads cousin died during this war i wasnt close to him but its just the idea of losing someone u knew...TO ALL THE AMERICAN FAMILIES TO ALL THE MOMS AND DADS WHO SENT THIER SONS AND DAUGHTERS THANKS!THANKS FOR GRANTING THE FREEDOM TO IRAQ MY COUNTRY AND TO UR COUNTRY AMERICA WE LOVE U WE R PROUD OF ALL THE HEROS THAT DIE EVERYDAY TO GRANT US SOMETHING THAT MONEY CAN NOT BUY WE SUPPORT U WE RESPECT U ALL I CAN NEVER IMAGINE HOW IT FEELS WHEN U WATCH UR SON LEAVING TO THIS PLACE(THAT I LIVE IN!) IN MY CITY WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST SO THAT NO AMERICANS DIE WE ARE HELPING IN ANY WAY WE CAN..PLEASE IF THERES ANYTHING U SUGGEST ME OR MY FRIENDS TO DO SO WE CAN EASE WHAT UR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ARE GOING THRU IN IRAQ JUST TELL ME IF U LIKE ME TO TALK TO THEM OR GIVE THEM SOMETHING ANYTHING JUST WRITE ME BACK AN EMAIL HERES MY ADDRESS: lanaragad@yahoo.com
IF U LIKE TO GIVE ME THIER ADDRESSES OR ANYTHING SO I CAN TALK TO THEM I'LL TRY MY BEST TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM AND US THE IRAQIS I JUST WANT U ALL TO KNOW THAT NOT ALL IRAQIS ARE TERRORISTS NO..WE ARE NOT,HOPE U'D UNDERSTAND, I KNOW I'M ONLY 17 BUT I BELIEVE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE JUST LIKE THEY ARE SACRIFICING THIER LIVES I CAN MAKE SACRIFICES TOO ISNT THAT THE POINT OF EVERYTHING??
SHAHAD,IRAQ,BAGHDAD(AT THE MOMENT BUT I DONT LIVE IN THE BAGHDAD CITY)
IF ANY OF U GUYZ WANTS TO GIVE ME A CALL MY NOMBER IS +009647801140027( IS IT WEIRD TO LEAVE A PHONE NOMBER!!?)"
SHAHAD of IRAQ

"I stumbled on this web site looking for other information and was elated to see the condolences for my son Rodney and as some refered to him as RJ. Athough it's been 8 months, it seems like it was only yesterday that I buried my baby son. I wish to thank all of those who have sent their condolences through this web site, and I wish to thank the creators of this web site."
Renee Jones, mother of Rodney Jones of Phila,PA, USA

"I don't have a poem or story, but I do have a heavy heart. I don't know any of the brave young men and women that have given their lives in Iraq and Afganistan. I just had to leave my deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the heroes that have been lost.
There are no words for the sadness that I feel for all of those left behind.
A friend of mine had 3 sons and 2 nephews in Iraq all at the same time. The worries and prayers I had for them could have only been a fraction of what the families must have.
I live in Ohio and just heard the horrible news of the Ohio Marine Reserve Unit that was lost, (May 12, 05). I cannot say how sorry I am for all of them and their loved ones.
Everyday, when I listen to the news, I hope and pray that there are no more lost.
I can't say enough, how proud I am of all the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrafice for our country, for their strength and courage.
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY!"
Debbie, of Central Ohio, USA

"I thank God everyday that we live in a country that we are free to worship as we please and most of all that we have brave men and women willing to sacrifice their lives so that we can keep it that way.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Soldier saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears

How many pilots' planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM AND THANK A SOLDIER FOR IT!

God Bless Our Troops!"
Patricia Hommel of Spring, Texas, U.S.A.

"JOSE I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD MEMORIES YOU LEFT ME WITH FROM WHEN WE PLAYED TOGETHER AT HARBOR COLLEGE...I KNOW YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE BUT, I STILL MISS YOU, AND I STILL HURT. ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY HE TOOK YOU FROM US, BUT YOULL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART... TILL WE MEET AGAIN GOOD BLESS YOU BROTHER..."
Herbert A. Flores of Los Angeles CA

"I just wanted to say how sorry and yet how proud I am of this brave man who gave his only life in the defense of freedom. No greater sacrafice is possible and will always hold this person's comittment and service in the highest regard possible.

I wish I had the words to articulate my respect to a further degree.



Will Otey

willotey@ox.net"
Will Otey of Irvine Cailfornia 92620

"i have been thinking over the year that since my dad had died and i have noticed that I have been left out. Everyone has made it seem like he only has 1 daughter(Makenzie). I am his only daughter and always will be. I am not trying to be rude or selfish but i am. I think that Makenzie is a really cute gurl but i will only think of her as a friend that my dad knew and they supposebly had a daughter together. Thats all she will ever be to me. I love my dad with all my heart. He was and always will be the only man that will have ever loved me and the only man that i have ever trusted. I have been feeling like i am just some gurl that he knew and i dont really matter. I meant everything to him and still do . He wanted the best for me. He had said everytime that i saw him and everytime that i had talked to him that i will alwayz be the only gurl in his life. Yes he might have gotten married and had other kids but i was and still am the only gurl that he loved more than life itself(other than my mom, EMILY).
I thought that i should just let everyone know that he loved my mom and me more than words can explain."
Kayla his only daughter of Irving,Tx

"To All the Precious Mothers who have lost a beloved son or daughter during this time, I want to wish all of you a Happy Mothers Day. Our children would not want us to be sad on this day. We just have to cont. to work for them to never be forgotten. Not the ones who have given the ultimate, their lives, the ones wounded or even the ones who have come home. I thank God for them all.May God be with each and every mother today."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"IN LOVING MEMORY OF SGT TINA SAFAIRA TIME. LEFT US ON (13 DEC 04)
To the family of SGT Tina Safaira Time. thank you for every thing that you've done for us, you are the best, your smile we'll never be forgotten in our heart, through out heaven some-time some place we we'll all meet again through out the great love of our one and only father up above! thank you for fighting for our freedom, you made it through what you always wanted when you were in high school, and you fight and win the battle, now you left us with tears and your beautiful smile that we'll never wash away. thank you for every thing SGT Tina Safaira Time, you'll always be in our heart and we'll always remember your words when you were the president for our school year LEONE HIGH SCHOOL and this were you'r words (ONCE A LION ALWAYS A LION) thank you and have a safe trip to heaven, spread you'r wings and fly high till you touch the sky because our father is waiting, waiting to take you in his arms! thank you and Maia Faatofaina.

love you sister...."
SPC MALUFAU JERRY T. of Pago Pago Am.Samoa/Now serving in IRAQ

"To the family of SGT Tina Safaira Time. thank you for every thing that you've done for us, you are the best, your smile we'll never be forgotten in our heart, through out heaven some-time some place we we'll all meet again through out the great love of our one and only father up above! thank you for fighting for our freedom, you made it through what you always wanted when you were in high school, and you fight and win the battle, now you left us with tears and your beautiful smile that we'll never wash away. thank you for every thing SGT Tina Safaira Time, you'll always be in our heart and we'll always remember your words when you were the president for our school year LEONE HIGH SCHOOL and this were you'r words (ONCE A LION ALWAYS A LION) thank you and have a safe trip to heaven, spread you'r wings and fly high till you touch the sky because our father is waiting, waiting to take you in his arms! thank you and Maia Faatofaina.

love you sister...."
SPC MALUFAU JERRY T. of Pago Pago Am.Samoa/Now serving in IRAQ

"To the family of Gary W. Walters from Victoria,TX, Please know that my prayers are with you."
Rhonda Swain of Yorktown, TX

"All of our fallen soldiers ar gone but not forgotten we continue to live our lives in memory We all love and miss all of our beloved soldiers"
Nicholas Schumaker of Slidell Lousiana

"God bless you. Will meet you on the other side, brother"
SGT William Clarkson 90-95 3rdFSSG of Tokyo, Japan

"It has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Trying to carry on knowing I will never see my brother again. Lance Cpl Joshua D. Harris was killed January 22st 2004, when his training mission went bad. It is posted already by my father Charles Harris. I tie Josh's death to the war. They were flying in a practice mission when he was killed. They had just got back from Iraq and were going back in a couple of months. We still have friends over there, and I want to send my wishes and luck to them. It is hard to deal with a such a loss, especially when it hits so close to home. I would like to tell everyone who has ever lost a loved one, that there is always someone who has a small understanding of what you are feeling. You are not alone. GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS!"
Chasity Harris of Oldsmar, FL

"My family and I would like to say how deeply sorry we are for your loss. He is truly a Hero. Heather, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I am sure the both of you were real close."
Melissa Lopez of Victoria, Texas

"The messaged was sent and you answered it. May God bless your family for defending our country and America. I wish the families for the fallen experiance the love of God. May he truely become part of your lifes."
David J. Grubb of Glendora, CA. USA

"As a former Navy Hospital Corpsman and retired Navy Nurse,your scarefices and suffering can never really be put into words nor can our feelings of prides and very heavy broken hearts ever be expressed to you. With my sincere condolences to your families and our deep-felt love for your sacrifices my you rest in Eternal Peace.
With honor to your memory,
Eliot S Winecour
LCDR/NC/USN (ret)"
Eliot S Winecour of Summerville/SC/USA

"I am writing this because I feel very lucky to have served in the U.S. Army and to have been in places not to safe and still made it home to my family. I do not know how it feels to have lost a child due to war. But I do know what it feels like to lose someone I love very much. I pray for all of you, that you may find peace in your hearts. I thank your sons, daughters, husbands and wifes for the fight, the strength and the courage to standup for what we all are "AMERICANS". Because of them we live on...Thank you for the jobs that you do."
SSG(RET.) Edward Rastetter of Acworth, GA.

"No one can truly understand how our heros feel as they leave all their loved ones behind, wondering if they will ever return. I have so much respect and am so thankful for all the ones still fighting, and the ones who have fallen. God be with you all."
amber of North Dakota

"On April 26,2005, our country suffered a great loss. Sgt. 1st class Allen C. Johnson, 1st battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.. He will be greatly missed.He is loved dearly, by family, friends and our Country. Our hearts go out to his wife and his three children they will greatly need our support throughout the years. Thank you Allen for fighting for what you loved and believed in. You will never know how greatly you were appreciated."
C. Lewis of Red Bluff, Ca

"My name is PFC Melanie Hilton. PFC Leslie Jackson and I became very close during our time in basic together. We overcame alot during that time. We kept each other together at certain times. I'll never forget when we were at Victory Forge and her gas mask failed on her that was the fastest that I had ever seen Leslie run. But one of the fondest memories that I have of Leslie is when we switched BDU tops. The Drill Sergeants couldn't tell us apart we both had micro braids and Birth Control Glass BCG's. We were smoked so bad but it was worth it. I can't believe after a year of searching for Leslie in my systems and never finding her that she is gone. I found out in the weirdiest way possible. I was reading an Essence magazine and I saw her picture I couldn't keep myself together. I couldn't believe it. The title of the article was "They never made it home" and I just couldn't believe it. Ms Jackson your daughter is in a better place I believe in my heart that she was saved we read our Bibles every night and prayed for our and everyone else's safety so don't worry she will be with you forever. Leslie, Girl you will be missed and I will always remember you as a friend and as my "DOUBLEMINT TWIN" I love you and I will cherish you in my heart forever."
Melanie Hilton of Atlanta, GA

"Thank you for protecting our country. Sean I never met you but you fight for me and my family anyways. You are and will always be an American Hero. Thank you, and my condoleces to the Corlew Family."
Ken Smith of Simi Valley, Ca USA

"I hope James was a nice person. I go to school with his son, Cecil, and he's not 8 anymore."
Anonymous of Salt Lake City, UT

"To all the families who have lost a loved one in the Iraq War. My prayers are with you and may God give you peace knowing your loved one is with God. My son just returned from Iraq in March. I pray he wont have to go back but the chances are he will. I pray everyday that this war will be over and all our soilders can come home."
Deborah Harris of Pueblo Co

"THANK YOU YO ALL WHO HAVE AND ARE MAKING YHIS WORLD BETTER FOR MY 2YR OLD I APPRECIATE AND LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU PS:PUT A USA STEEL TOE BOOT IN THEIR A-S."
ROB.. SILVERBULLET1208@HOT MAIL.COM of CADIZ,KY

"Dios reciba con amor a los que ya no estan con nosotros. Al igual que bendiga y proteja a los que aun defienden nuestra LIBERTAD!! Mis rezos para las familias de nuestros soldados que han pasado al Reino de Dios."
Arcelia Herrera-Murillo of Dover AFB, De, U.S.

"Aleina Ramirez Gonzalez was the niece of my dearest friend, Lourdes Gonzalez Rodriguez. She was such a wonderful person to everyone. I am so terribly sorry this had to happen. It was quite a shock. My heart aches for her family. They are beautiful people who will miss her so much. God bless you, Aleina, you did pay the ultimate sacrifice but I know your reward is great!!!"
Kathy Walker of St. Petersburg, Fl.

"I was reading about the war on cnn today, april 27 2005, I thought back to when we were in high school and you were so excited to join, so I said to my self that I bet you are some where defending our freedom. So I typed your name in the search engine and I found out that its been over 25 months since you've gone to heaven. Its been a sad day knowing that you are not here with us even though we didn't talk to each other after high school.I've been thinking about the great times we had in wrestling and what a fighter you were. I remember when i thought you were done for the season when you broke your arm, and i was amazed when you proved me wrong by just taking it off and foughting anyway. I remember telling you that you shouldn't wrestle with a broken arm because your arm wouldn't fuse proparly. I don't think you cared much about what I was saying and you just blew it off. I consider my self very lucky to have had a friend like you. My prayers are with you and your family. I see that yandle already wrote to you, and I've got one thing to say to you before i go too, save me a spot at the "BIG DOG TABLE". See You in Heaven."
Ehsan P of temecula

"I am writing to all the Family's-FRIENDS and of the Fallen HERO'S to let you know How Thankfull we are for your Brave Soldiers.it is because of their sacrafice that we all sleep safely ,go to work and go on with our lives. We are ALL so Proud of them!"
Tammy DeShazo-Tim R. Brown Jr's Aunt of Mabank,Texas USA

"Our prayers and deepest sympathy, to the family of Michael Linemuth.
Parents of a son with the 3/25"
of Ohio

"To the family of Lt Col Kim S. Orlando, Army: I wear his name proudly and that he will not be forgotten."
Kay Walker of Wichita Falls, Texas

"SPC Ramirez Aleina,
Mis mas sincero pesame de condolencias para toda tu familias,Como Amigo y companero le ruego Dios que te reciba como una hija de Dios que fuiste. Ademas quiero expresar que quedaras en los corazones de quienes fuimos tus companeros de la unidad 544th MP.
Sinceramente SSG Martinez Jose L"
SSS MARTINEZ JOSE L. of Ponce, Puerto Rico

"God rest your soul."
Ron Spry of Sourth elgin

"this is just to show my support for all our military troops overseas and at home. my husband is retired Seabee and my grand daughter is on active duty in the Navy. We all need to remember to support our troops and always give them all the reespect and prayers they deserve"
barbara redmond of cheyenne, wy usa

"All the men and women listed are true heros in my eyes. They fought for freedom and did all they could. I'm sorry they left this earth, but relieved that they have entered heaven. God must have a lot of help up there. To the families, my deepest condolences go out to you. Your sons, daughters, friends, husbands, wives etc. will always be remembered as America's bravest. May they all rest in peace."
Catherine of New York

"MY HAT IS OFF TO SFC SMITH,GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY. I HAVE A PICTURE OF DAVID HOLDING HIS FATHERS MEDAL OF HONOR IN THE PLATOON BAY SO ALL THE SOLDIERS CAN SEE."
SFC MOSES ( DS) of FORT BENNING , GEORGIA

"lcpl jeff burgess, even though i didnt know you but a little you have had an impact on my life. i wish you could still be on this earth i believe it was a better place with you here. from your witty humor to the impersonations of a lawer you could put a smile on anyones face. brother god speed and to the burgess family i want you top know that not a day has gone bye in the past year that your son has not been reamembered.take care brother semper fi."
cpl joshua preston of san diego ca.

"I hope all your soldiers go to heaven.
I hope you feel better more relax in heaven. The war is too stress.Thankyou for fighting for America God bless you soldiers!!!!!!"
ping of cant tell

"I really thank you from putting this website up. I feel greatly for the Fallen members in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I hope that when they died, they realized that they gave thier life for this Amazing Country that we live in because of THEM. God Bless You"
Ashley of Arizona

"Our son is a retired USM who has fought many battles and returned safely. No words can ever express our gratitude for the brave soldiers that have paid the ultimate price....their life...so that we may be free.

Condolences to all those who have "Fallen Heroes" and God Speed!"
Betty Vineyard of Marietta, Georgia

"Hey bud, my thoughts go out to you, your family, and your wife on a daily basis. You are truly missed and your warrior spirit will never die. I will never forget the long days on ship and the cold nights on the way to Baghdad, whenever things would get stressful or everyone was losing motivation, you were always there to say something or do something to bring us all back up, even if it was hit Burns in the nose...you know I had your back on that one...he got what he had coming. You were a real fighter Garza, there are not a lot of Marines like you. You will never be forgotten brother.
God Speed
Semper Fidelis
Your Squad Leader"
Former Sgt Zachary D. Lott of Mission Viejo, CA

"Thank you for all of you prayers and support. My husband was SFC Kurt Comeaux who was killed in action on January 6 of this year in Iraq. He was KIA alongside fellow soldiers: Armond Fricky, Christopher Babin, Bradley Bergeron, Huey Fassbender, Warren Murphy and Kenneth VonRonn. Our National Guard unit has had a rough time. Not only did we sustain a great loss on that January day, but we have also lost another soldier and several have been injured. Iraqi Freedom has brought many families closer together. My 3 sons and I will forever be part of the Blacksheep. The support we have been given from people with the military has been overwhelming. We miss Kurt greatly. Not a day goes by that myself or one of my sons begin a sentence with, "Remember when daddy..." My sons and I will continue to support all of our uniformed service members who are still defending our country and the lives of the Iraqi people. We support 100% what you are doing. My husband loved being in the National Guard. He will forever be in our hearts as well as all who have given up their life or have been injured. Please contintue to support our troops and remember the sacrafice families have made.
tiffinyc@msn.com"
Tiffiny of Raceland, LA/USA

"To my wonderful son Ron. Happy 26th Birthday today. You were the grestest gift that any mother would want of a son. A wonderful son, friend and proud Marine. I will always love you. Each day gets harder and harder. One day we will be together again. Love mom"
Marianna Winchester of New York

"Mrs. Paul Smith, David and Jessica,

My son Pfc Joshua Becvar is one of the soldiers that your husband and father saved that day at the airport in Baghdad. He was in Sgt Smith's 2nd platoon. I was very glad to hear that Sgt Smith was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. His memory will live on every time I look at my son.
Your husband and father was a very brave man watching over his men. Now he is your very special "angel" watching over all of you.
Thank you and God Bless you."
Elizabeth Becvar of Manteno, IL

"good morning son and happy birthday, it is so hard to believe that it has been a year now, i miss you so. every body on the island thinks about you every day. i love you so much Shane, i wish God would grant me one more day one hour one miniuite with you. Dad"
Dad

"To the family of Sgt. Jonathan Hartman,
Many prayers are with you on this the one year anniversary of your loss."

"To Lori and the Rest of the Family,

As the days go by I know it seems as if many have forgotten the sacrifice of your brother... but I want to be among the many that stand with you and say, I WILL NEVER FORGET!!! I love you all and pray for you often!"
Paula of Kingston, NY

"my name is john and in afrotc i read jasons story and me and my comrades are touched by his dedication to his comrades Rest in Peace and Thankyou"
jon of TX

"My heart weeps as your heart does for the loved one you lost. My prayer is that you will look to God for your strength. I am PROUD of our soldiers for our freedom that they fight and die for. God bless you. Mother of a Sgt from 3ID currently in Iraq."
Cathy Bloodworth of Macon, Ga. USA

"Our sympathy and condolences to the family of the late beloved friend Corporal GARRY WESLEY T. RIMES.

GARRY, you are a hero to us, died with honor and dignity.We will always treasure the day you spent your life with us. We love you and we know you're in GOD's great hand.

We will miss you!!"
Anthony and Sandy Mateo of Manila, Philippines

"I fowarded e-mail to Landon that was sent to me by mistake. I even let the sender know about the mistake. And in the brief exchange of e-mails we had. I knew Landon had the full support of his family. I am sorry for your lose and proud of the man Landon S Giles. If there is every anything I can do please ask."
SFC (R) Landon K. Giles of Birmingham, AL

"To all the family and friends of 1st Sgt.Donald W. Eacho. I sent a belated package of Christmas goodies to him and his buddies. Having served in the Korean and Vietnam "conflicts" I felt a need to identify somehow with this one, too. It seemed like a war worth fighting and I wanted to show my support in some small way. Sgt. Eacho's name was given to me by the mother of his company commander; she lives in the same area as I do. Sometime in Jan-Feb I received a thank you letter from Sgt. Eacho, along with a large photo of him and his band of warriors standing in front of an imposing war-damaged multi-storied building. His letter was very touching, containing information about him, wife and kids, home, future plans and his 16 years of service. I responded sometime in February, but received the letter back with an "address unknown" stamp on it. I was given another address by Sgt. Eacho's company commander's mother. This letter is presently in transit and will never reach the Sergeant. If I get it back, I would like to send it along to his wife and others in his family if they would like a copy. The company commander's mother informed me this morning, April 12, that 1st Sgt. Donald W. Eacho was KIA on March 4, 2005. The tears are gone, but all of you who know and love him, know also that we grieve for him here in Montana. His cause was for liberty, freedom, security -- for humanity. May God Bless Him. Keith McClain"
Keith McClain of Luther, Montana USA

"May the families of the soldiers from Vicenza find comfort in God's mercy and grace!
My prayers are with all of you!"
Victoria of Caserma Ederle

"Thankyou and Godbless all"
David Carson E7/SFC Ret of sikeston,missouri

"In honor of Spc Daniel J. Freeman, 20 yrs, of Blue Ash, Ohio. 173 Airborne, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy. APRIL 6, 2005 AFGHANISTAN You gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country - I only hope we can all live up to the responsibility that places on our shoulders. Your Aunt, cousins, and I will miss you greatly."
Gary Buchheim of Springfield, VA

"This is for the memory of our beloved cowboy of Stuarts Draft, Va.,19yr old Lance Corporal Jason C Redifer,who served at Camp Legeune,North Caolina with the 1stBattalion, 2nd Marine Regiment,2nd Marine Division,II Marine Expeditionary Force. Jason has 3 brothers, and my daughter Lauren has a sister so they had become "brother and sister" and loved each other dearly. My first memory of Jason was what a dynamic personality he had and how trusting you became of him. He was in alot of ways older in years than others his age. He loved to laugh and tease unmercifully. He became a member of our family as soon as we met him. When Jason was killed, 9days before he was due to return, after 6months in Iraq, and after already being injured from other attacks, it was just inconceivable that this could have happened to him. Jason turn down a position to serve as a guard at Camp David and the White House because he felt he could not take a safer job that would take him out of this grave possibility when his reasons for entering the service was to be with his fellow comrades and fight along side of them. He volunteed more than once to go out on duty if it would mean keeping a man with a family and children out of harms way. This was his cowboy way. He did not have to go on that last run, he had been injured, but that was Jason. As mischeivious as he was, his heart was always in the right place and he was going to fight on until he was to leave.
We learned that he with two others killed and two others wounded were hit by the most powerful roadside bomb yet in Iraq's Babil Province, Jan 31, 2005,the day after the elections. Jason was the 114th service member to be buried at Arlington and on the day that he was to return home. He received several honors including a purple heart and we recently got word that there was one last one to be given in his honor at Camp Legune soon.
Jason's bestfriend in the world was his mother, Rhonda and during all this it has been reaffirmed where he got his spirit and drive because she is one incredible woman and I am honored to not have only know Jason, but her. Due to all of this we had the wonderful opportunity to met her eldest son Justin and he and Jason are alot alike but of course different. Just under 2yrs apart
Justin is quieter but as easy to fall in love with. Justin is serving in the Army and during a memorial service for the 15 killed out of Jason's unit, We learned that Justin has volunteed to go to Iraq. He and his family are truly in our prayers even more. He is a remarkable young man also and we plan to keep a close watch on him during his tour.
I am sorry this is so long, but as you all know that are writting on this sites, it is hard to express how one feels and do justice to our loved ones. As I look through the photos and names and ages I ache for them all. For Jason, I cry more inside now but he is never from my thoughts for very long. As one of his teachers said, "I wake and think of him, I go to bed and he is there." Prayers go out daily to all the families that have lost, and to all those that are still waiting for theirs to come home. I pray only soon, because it has already been too long. Thank you for your patience."
Menzette,Jason's NCmom of Beaufort, North Carolina

"We pray that you feel the loving arms of the Lord around you. We also thank your loved one for the scarifice they made for us. Our son is now serving his 2nd tour Iraq. I pray that we will not take for granted what these heros have done for us and we stand in support of them."
Sandy Arnold of Knoxville Tn

"SPC Isaac Nieves,

I remember how frustrated you would get when challenged, but you always came through. I will always remember your sense of humor. That inspection by the Major who lost his duffel bag....pricelss. Thanks for that, adding humor to my life. You will be missed."
Staff Sergeant L. of Bamberg, Germany

"Sgt. 1st Class Dan H. Gabrielson, Spooner,WI Army 7/9/03......I wear my "hero bracelet" with this information everyday.Never forgotten, Thank you Sir"
Nikki Dougherty of Pendergrass, Georgia

"my son was one of the three that died on july 5th 2004... he will never be forgotted i will always keep his dreams in my heart.. thank you for your hearts... connie. basemonkey@hotmail.com"
connie kerns of springfield mo

"I am forever in debt to all the brave men and women who have given life, limb, and mental comfort fighting to keep America free and safe. There is no greater or noble act than serving one's country against those who seek its destruction. God speed to all who follow in your hallowed footsteps."
Jay Worley of Atlanta, GA, USA

"My name is Sgt. Shuler. I served alongside Evan from the time he arrived at Fort Drum and since the first time i met him i knew he was an excellent soldier. I hope that some time i can share more with the people he called family. R.I.P Evan W. Oneill. FALLEN NOT FORGOTTEN"
jackie shuler of jacksonville, fl .

"To Andy's Family,
On this day, April 7, I know that your thoughts and memories must be difficult to deal with. I pray that on the second anniversary of Andy's death and indeed every day God will be with you and strengthen you and bless you. Be well and always remember that there are those who know and love you and those of us who don't know you personally, but love and care for you. God bless you on this difficult day."
David Ray of Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

"Mike,
It's been well over a year and a half now. I still remember coming to work at TMC 10 with you all the time. 4/3 really saved my tail with that big inspection I had, and thanks to you and a few others, I got it done. I heard about your death the day I landed on the ground safely from Iraq, and it broke my heart. I went to the dedication ceremony of the new TMC and tried to keep the tears out of my eyes. You were such a great guy Mike. I always looked forward to seeing you. Now here it is sometime later, and I am in Korea. I just received a record from TMC 9 with your name on the clinic sticker. I almost forget, it's yours. I peeled the sticker off and placed it in my cubicle at work. I wish I could have told you before we all deployed how much I loved spending time working with you. You really were one of the greatest guys I was ever privelaged with. But now you have deployed farther than all of us now, so you can do what we all want to do. Stop wandering Mike, your home now."
Felicia J. LEmon of Camp Walker Korea

"Army CPL Dean Richardson, Thank you, Bill for the honored service of your loving son Dean in the defense of our freedom. God Bless You Always."
Mary S Sepulveda of Pasadena, CA. USA

"I am going to D.C in a week. I am very honored to see all off the soldiers...Thank You SO much for everything you did for us. I love you. R.I.P papa smith!"
Leah of Ohio

"Army Sgt. 1st class Paul R. Smith,
I am very grateful for your sacrifice. Because of you and many men and Women like you, we have freedom. "You are all my Heroes"."
Izzy Nunez of Napa , California

"Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice -- your life -- in the defense of freedom. You are my heroes. Godspeed to you all. I weep that we have lost you."
Robert David Young of El Dorado Hills, CA

"To the family of SSG Kennon.I am sorry for your loss.I had the great pleasure of meeting SSG.Kennon,He was a great man and a soilder.I will never forget him.On behalf of the 3/327 maintenance family, we are sorry for your loss.504-638-4885.# we love you. SPC Randy Infante jr/Maintenance"
RANDY INFANTE of Houston,TX

"I am moved to tears of both deep regret and immense pride for every American Serviceperson who is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. I am even more deeply moved by those who display the calibur of gallantry and selfless dedication to duty in the face of overwhelming odds which causes them to ascend above common valor. Numbered with those is Sgt 1st Class P. Smith. They as well as the families and friends left behind have my utmost respect, unfailing gratitude and appreciation. Semper Fi"
JW Williams of Lewiston, Maine

"Truly humbled in the knowedge that such heroes, such wonderful people walked amongst us, far too briefly. I shed my tears for you all, but prouder in the knowledge that amongst us are saviours capable of such acts. There is hope, after all."
ysabeau de payen of scotland

"SFC Paul Smith I, salute you for your sacrafice and devotion to duty. May God bless and protect your loved ones. God Bless America"
1SG (Ret) U.S.Army Thomas Bennett of Mt. Morris, Pa.

"I saw your story on yahoo today and had to say thank you. I am so sorry that your family lost you. Your son looked so proud as he held your Medal of Honor. He is as proud of you as we all are. Rest in peace soilder."
Officer Chris VanCompernolle of Zeeland, Mi

"There's not a day goes by that I dont pray and thank the good lord for the men and women that defend this great country. You guy's have made the ultimate SACRIFICE! Thank you so much. My heart goes out to all of you and your families. "Always Remembered, Never Forgotten""
Ransom Ingram of Arlington, Texas, U.S.A.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory of defeat."
President Theodore Roosevelt

"Jeremy,
Sorry it took me so long to write a goodbye, but here it goes. When I found out that you had been killed, I kept praying and telling myself that it had been a mistake, that it wasnt you. Even after reading everything in the papers and talking with the family it still didnt hit me. Then the day of the funeral, it hit me, hard. I remember looking at you and thinking, Why? . It just didnt seem fair, it still doesnt. I kept thinking of all the times we shared, when Megan and I were little and we used to argue over who was our favorite cousin, you or Jay. Christmas times at Aunt Nona's, playing pool, and eating that garlic bread. I remember talking to you when you were in Germany, me, my mom and Monica and Meg, evening planning a trip to come out and visit you . Jeremy I miss you so much, it feels like a part of me is gone. You were such a inspiration to me, and still are. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Im sitting here reading all these messages from other people and I see how much you were truly loved, and still are. Your not just our Jeremy, you're Americas Jeremy. I am honored to be your cousin.I wish Jayda could have had the chance to meet you and get to know what a awesome person you were, she would have loved you just as much as I do. We will never forget you and everything you've done for us.
And to Christie, hunnie, I don't know how you're dealing with everything that has happened, you are so strong, I love you too.
Jeremy you rock, we love you!"
Your cousins, Sheena and Jayda! of Erie, PA

"I have no one in my family that has died but i want to say to all the other familys for having a Kid/Husband/etc. for fighting for mine and everyone else's freedom. I will never forget those who have died in this war."
Cameron Lee Chambers of Colorado Springs, Colorado/US

"Today (04/02/2005) would had been my son's (Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger) 23rd birthday. I am so proud of him and pray that neither him or any of the others who have lost their lives for something they believe in, will ever be forgotten. Happy Birthday Son."
W. Bollinger of Poteau, OK

"I am a mom of two United States Marines, one was stationed in Iraq (Lance Cpl. Nick Papple) with Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts, who was killed by enemy fire. My thoughts are with you, the family and all the friends. Lance Cpl Roberts, you will always be remembered!"
Karla Papple of Prescott, Michigan/USA

"tito aka hellraiser3
this not for my uncle, not my friend but my bother. even through we only knew each other for 17 years we have a life time of memory from you going and watching me play football to you teching me how to wrestle, and taking you to your first ever college football game. but the thing that i hold close to my heart is the times we went to the beach no matter sun or shine or rain, we sat there and you talk to me like i was a man you never treated me like a baby. that is why i respected you not as my uncle but a brother also to the times you would make the whole family life or make the funny faces.but i just want to tell you that the times i had with you was the best times i ever had and there is a space in my heart for the man they called tito aka hellrasier3 and liz
i will always love you your nephew and brother nick P.s liz make sure you keep a watch on my uncle."
nick negron of Margate,Florida

"from one soldier/combat vetran to another; my thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family and friends and his former units(s) he served with during his military career!! he is with the angels above now; in a much sweeter and safer place!! gods speed and blessings to him and his famiy and the nation and world and military as a whole!! all my best to you all and god bless!!"
SPC. WILLIAM GILL of FORT LEWIS, WA/USA

"To Howard's Family, as a friend of howard from John L LeFLORE and a soldier in the army I wish the best to the family men like him and me make this world a better place"
marquis.hughes of FT.Campbell,Ky

"Betty, I know the anniversary is coming up, and I wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you. My heart goes out to you, asking God to give you peace on the 9th of April.
Your son is a hero... forever.

We love and care for you, Betty."
Beverly Rosen of San Antonio, TX

"I send this message to all the mothers of fallen heros. I too lost a son in Iraq, SFC Michael Ottolini. He was killed 11/10/2004 when his Humvee was blown up by a road bomb. He was in the 579th Eng in the Calif. Natl. Guard. He was 45 yrs old and a 28yr member of the Guard. Guard. My prayers and thoughts are with you because we are not supposed to bury a child. God Bless."
Jacquie Cruz of Windsor, Calif. U.S.A.

"So sad to see a fellow soldier go. Medal Of Honor was given to Paul Smith. It is a great honor to his family and to us soldiers, but I would much rather see him recieve it himself. RIP."
PFC Christensen, Sean of Camp Casey, South Korea

"To the best brother and bravest person i have ever met and probably ever will meet.I cant say you are in a better place now because I dont know that and i know know no one else knows that. It really makes me mad when other people say he is in a better place .they shouldnt say that instead of comforting me and family and it just pisses me off.So unless you are Isaac himself or god.please dont be saying he is in heaven!\"
Jonathan of Douglas,Az

"Thanks, again, to all who have posted here in memory of our son, SSG Richard S. (Rick) Eaton, USA. It has meant a lot.

For those who are interested in participating in further honoring the fallen soldiers of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, a DC-based organization, Women in Military Service, has sponsored an exhibition of art that depicts each of more than 1,000 of Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. I am not sure if any Coasties are included, but I think not.

The exhibit of small paintings, sculptures and mixed media is dignified and moving. It is mounted and open to the public at the Arlington National Cemetery, It is entitled "Faces of the Fallen.

His mother and I were honored to have our son's image included in this touching exhibition."
Richard S. Eaton Sr. of Guilford, CT, USA

"We have a Hero Bracelet in memory of James. May you and all his family find peace."
Carol of Ocean City, MD

"As we sit and watch the news at night .

about the war that we are in ..We always

seem to dread what will happen in the end

.How many innocent people have to die .Oh

lord we wish we knew ..Before you guys

could come home and enjoy our lives with

you .Many a wife and mother lay in bed

everynight after praying for hours that you

guys would be alright ...If there was any

way that we could be a help to you ..you

know that we would ..but for now all we can
do is pray and wish you all the best ..and let

you know there isn't a one of you .that

we don't pray for before we rest ...









Oh how i wish this were over ..

I know i have lost alot of friends and alot
have lost family .i am sure we will never

really know just how many, For many

years to come .But no matter if you are

here nor there you are always loved and

missed ..may God Bless You All ..."
DONNA of FT STEWART GA/USA

"MAY GOD BE WITH EACH AND

EVERY ONE OF YOU..AND BLESS

YOU EVERY NIGHT ...WE THANK

YOU .FOR DEFENDING OUR

FREEDOM AND OUR RIGH"
DONNA of FT STWEART GA /USA

"TO OUR SOLDIERS WE MISS THEM SO


In Loving Memory
We thought of you with love today ,
but that is nothing new,We thought
about you yesterday,and the day before
that too.We think of you in silence
we often speak your name.All we have
now are memories and your picture
in a frame.You memory is our keepsake
with which we will never part.God
has you in his keeping ,We have you
in our hearts.We shed a tear for
what might have been,A million
times we've cried if love alone could
have saved you.You never would
have died.In life we loved you
dearly.In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place.
no one could ever fill.It broke our
hearts to lose you but you didn't
go alone for a part of us went with
you the day god took you home


Donna W Fuller"
donna of ft stewart ga/usa

"YOU ARE ALL MY HEROES THE THE ONES WE LOST .AND THE FAMILYS AND THERE FRIENDS AND CHILDREN.. GOD BLESS YOU ALL .YOU CAN GO TO THIS LINK TO SEE A WALL OF HEROS GOD BLESS THEM AND ALL THE FAMILYS THAT SUFFER A LOST OF A LOVED ONE IN THE WAR-- ILFREEDOMRUN.ORG"
PHIL of IL

"I had the honor and the opportunity to write about the warrior Danny Eggers, faith, Americanism, and mostly virtue, characteristics Danny had in spades. I trust it says it all:

http://www.theimproper.com/Dec04/index.asp?id=Dec04#

Please click on the left column:

"Americanism: Faith in Country"

agb100@usa.net"
Andrew G. Benjamin of Water Mill, NY 11976-0780

"Friday, 28 January 2005
With Love and Pride....You Will Be Truly Missed!

Lcpl. Fred Lee Maciel
KIA-OIF 01/26/05

I am still in shock! Between the tears, my heart keeps telling me that this nightmare is not happening..while my head is telling me that I am not dreaming! I keep thinking that any moment that the phone will ring and I will hear "Is Jamie there?" I would give anything to hear those words again! You are the stars in my daughter's eyes that shine every time she says "Fred" and that tells me that you are the love of her life! I wish that you and Jamie would have been given the chance to live the life that you both deserved! I loved you like my own son and I will miss you so very much! I am very proud of you and know that you are truly a hero! And since I haven't told you this before "Thank You" for keeping us safe here at home! You are a very fine young man..and I feel blessed to call you "Son." Although our hearts are heavy, I know that God has bigger plans for you! We will all be together again someday...til then know that you are loved!

You and Shannon take care of each other!

Love,< br>
Mom "H"
Patricia Hommel (Spring, TX )"
Patricia Hommel of Spring, Texas, USA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on


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