January 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm #160381lucynethelMember
MY Country.The One I FOUGHT For
I read the book written by this newspaper reporter in Coloradoâ€¦some would consider it a downer, but what insight into these brave souls who have to inform the families that a loved one has fallenâ€¦it is an incredible story entitled â€˜Final Saluteâ€™ by Jim Sheelerâ€¦ a must read.
International Picture of the Year
Here are two very touching photos honored this year.
The 1st won but it is the 2nd that broke my heart FOREVER. I can’t look at it, yet turn to it daily several times in tears. I thought NO other love existed in this WORLD like the love I have for my wife Trish. I was WRONG! The 2nd story & photo is the exact definition of love & sacrifice to ME.
Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
When 2nd Lt James Cathey ‘ s body arrived at the Reno Airport , Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac.
During the arrival of another Marine ‘ s casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: ‘ See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what ‘ s going through their minds, knowing that they ‘ re on the plane that brought him home, ‘ he said ‘ They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should. ‘
Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
The night before the burial of her husband ‘ s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘ Cat, ‘ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘ I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it, ‘ she said. ‘ I think that ‘ s what he would have wanted. ‘
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘ silent majority ‘ We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.
Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our tr oops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday — and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that .. every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something blue. By word of mouth, press, TV — let ‘ s make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in BLUE and it will let our troops know the once ‘ silent ‘ majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on. The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘ What can we do to make things better for you? ‘ is . ‘ We need your support and your prayers. ‘ Let ‘ s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something blue every Friday.
IF YOU AGREE — THEN SEND THIS ON.January 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm #178225lucynethelMember
Sorry, finally remembered how to post the pictures.
MikeJanuary 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm #178223jezMember
Reminds me of an amazing TV programme on BBC2 last November, The Fallen. It was a three hour documentary listing all those that had been killed in Afghanistan in the recent conflict. Every few names they went into the story behind the name, sometimes it was the parents talking about their son, other times it was just home video of the soldier in question. All were very powerful and really hit home the reality that there are real people behind the headlines. The hardest to watch were the stories from the children who didn’t quite understand yet why their daddies weren’t coming home.January 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm #178224BritmanMember
I feel for those sacrificed for the global elites agenda and the families left behind but I have to say but the picture has been doctored, the people on the plane, looking out, just don’t look right. They add nothing to the impact, in fact it would have more if left empty.
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