A day of remembrance!

•September 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

As I think back on this day, I remember the special news bulletin!  As I watched the special bulletin about the plane ramming the first tower! The Broadcaster is telling what happened. Suddenly the cameras  switch to a other plane that is headed for the second  itower!  I know I am not alone in the shock and horrific I. Experienced at the site of that second plane as it ominously rammed into the second tower and exploded!

For months I saw that image every night and day without letup! I was afraid I would never again have a moment when it left my thoughts! Today I am still moved to tears as I reflect that event and those who lost their lives that day!

I also reflect on the lives of all our troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world in response to the 9/11 atacks! Our family lost someone in Kuwait while actively serving there during operation enduring freedom on March 5, 2004! T he loss of my. Nephew had a profound effect on my family and his own immediate family!

His mother .has died from brain cancer. His grandma has also died. Hegrewup in the home of his grandma. The three of them all lived together and. Mike was growing up! For all practicle purposes, his mother died that day when she found out he had been killed! He was her only child!! He was raised in my mom’s house! He was the first  grandchild who was born just before the death of the oldest of my younger by brothers! Mikes death brought all those bad times back for my mom! She also gave up after Mike died. later when his mom and my brother died, it was all too much for mom and she died too!

So as you reflect on this day, offer your prayers and support to the extended familie who are still trying to carry on their shattered lives. Remember the troops still in harm’s way and their families. If you know such a family, offer them a friendly hello!  Maybe offer them whatever help they may need if you can.  Maybe offer to babysit for a few hours to give the parent a few hours break!

There isnt an adequate support system for families in times of tragedy! We all try to help in our own way; but, we often find it lacking! This is a good time for us All to reflect on things and maybe volunteering to help out in some way! Just a thought!

To all you die hard supporters, thank-you for dropping by!



•July 14, 2015 • 1 Comment

I have been absent from this blog for some time now due to personal issues. I lost a brother, a sister, and my mom. Needless to say blogging  was not at the top of my list of things to do. I appreciate those diehard supporters who have continued to visit my site. Thank You all very much. There are many issues that I would like to write about and exchange ideas; but, I am not yet able to do so. Mom just died June 2, 2015. My brother and sister lived with mom and they both died in the last five years. I am a person who grieves for quite a while. So, please bear with me.

Magggie, the Brits, and other little bits!

•April 16, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A year ago this past December I had a stroke. While in the hospital I found out that I had already had two others without my realizing so? To all you people out there who don’t know about “mini-strokes,” please be aware these strokes are a warning to get yourself on the road to better health. Lose weight, change your diet to one that is healthy. Keep your sugar under control. Above all get plenty rest and exercise after you check with your doctor about all of these things.! My cholesterol was sky high as was my blood sugar. Fortunately, my blood pressure was good.

I was very fortunate that my strokes did not leave me with any obvious indications of a stroke. I didn’t need physical therapy and such. I did need attitude readjustment! (lol) I was told that failure to follow instructions about my situation would most likely result in a major stroke or heart attack within the next five years. Now that was a wake up call. I quit smoking 1.5 to 2 packs a day on the spot. Haven’t smoked since. I do have some very graphic smoking dreams. I swear I can actually taste the smoke when I wake up after one of those dreams!

I have noticed some mental symptoms. I have some limited short term memory problems. Does “out of sight, out of mind ring a bell?” When I finally get access to a computer, I have some trouble blogging. Now that makes me angry and  frustrated.  Especially now with so much going on. I can’t believe the administration isn’t sending a delegation to Maggie’s funeral. NO excuse for such poor manners. Somebody mentioned Biden ought to be sent. God, no, please no, not Joe!!!!  He will screw it all up before he even he even makes it to London. Of course Maggie’s stand on Socialism will put Obama off. Consider you selves lucky all you Brits and accept our heart felt condolences. You won’t miss Obama. We won’t miss him if he goes. No such luck.!

Have your marathon. Don’t let a bunch of hooligans stop you. Brits are tougher than that!

The History of Israel is being replayed again today. Netanyahu spoke at the UN about the forces of evil spreading worldwide today and a nuclear Iran!

•September 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I waited all moning for the Iranian leader to address the U.N. Also, waiting for the Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu, my hero, to speak. This man is remarkable to me. His presence enlists trust and strength of character and willpower. I can’t find anything reassuring about the leader of Iran except to say he is nothing if not predictable. I expected his speech today would be scathing. I expected the Israeli Prime Minster would respond appropriately! I hoped he would give a truthful History lesson for Iran about the existence of Israel, the Jews, and Jerusalem.
He is speaking now and the first thing he did was describe the true History of “the Jewish state since David!
“The Jewish people have come home and we will never be uprooted again!” We Americans might listen more closely to this man’s words as we allow the Muslim activists in America to spread their “Sharia Law” throughout out nation! He spoke of radical Islam preventing the peaceful co-existence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He was right on target when he discussed the radicals Muslim refusal to leave the darkness of past or dark ages. His speech was extremely hopeful and well versed and factual! He compared events today to the rise and fall of Hitler and the effects on the world. He wisely said a nuclear Iran would bring on another such time again! I agree with him completely! All the revolutionaries in America and throughout the world might learn something if they listen to his words. Maybe Netanyahu is the modern-day world Churchill saving the world from a down fall to evil! His speech was amazing and moving!

No More USSA. Bring back the USA. That is the best way to honor our troops and veterans

•May 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Each war is different, each war is the same

Each war is different, each war is the same (Photo credit: kevin dooley)

I have been trying hard to decide how to best pay tribute to all our troops, past and present who have served one nation. I joined the USMC a week after graduating from High School. It was my life long dream. I can’t really say when that dream began to grow inside me . It was just there one day and I worked hard to achieve it. You hear a lot all the time about the “boomers” and the “greatest generation!” I remember as a child “the War” was always talked about in this respectful and fearful voice. Sometimes I felt like “the war” was still going on somewhere and I suppose it was in many people’s minds either as PTSD, remembering the bread and food lines or working in the factories to build the planes and everything else needed for our “boys!” To this day my mother has to go to the store if the front row in her cabinet is empty or not full all the way across. I heard her tell her cousin recently, “she was the same way, whatever that meant, she remembered the rationing and all and she felt compelled top keep her cabinets completely full.”

When usually had a garden when I was a preteen. We grew almost all our vegetables and some fruit. Mom canned many things, made jams, jellies, preserves, etc. It was all delicious. IT also cut back the grocery bill for a family of eight considerably.It seemed to me everyone we knew had a garden. We also had Bantam chickens for eggs and for food. You haven’t seen anything until you see a Bantam hen defending her baby chicks or have been chases by a Banty rooster. They can be quite ferocious.

At our house we all knew not to ask Dad too many personal questions about the war. When John Wayne, Henry Fonda , or any one of those other great stars came on TV in a war movie, my dad always watched them almost reverently! We all knew we better be quiet and watch the movie too. He also loved that show, “Combat” that came on every week until the star got killed by a chopper because he forgot to duck during taping of an episode. Vic Marrow was a good actor. Dad always said real heros never talked about their medals and the war. So when I came home from school one day and told him about this kid at school talking about his dad’s medals, dad just said, that famous line, “heroes don’t talk about their medals. After my Dad died mom found Dad’s medals. She didn’t even know he had them. He never told her about them.

When I joined the USMC all my dad said was it was no game. The military owned me for the duration of my enlistment. No talking back or discussion, just do as you’re told. He was right! I wasn’t an outstanding Marine. I did my job. I tried to do it well. I had a great deal of pride in the Corps. My three brothers were in the Army at Ft. Bragg. One of my sister also joined the Corps and served  at Quantico with me. When we all came home at the same time, it was a constant loud discussion over which was best, the Corps or the Army. We drove my Mom nuts. Naturally, my Dad got into the fray at times. I think all these boisterous encounters had a lot to do with my nephew Mike going into the Navy after the Twin Towers were bombed. One brother was an MP and later a local Deputy Sheriff. This started a law enforcement trend in the family. First with Mike and later, my own daughter.

We are not a rich family. I’d have to say we are middle class. We have some very bright people and some not so bright. I’ll leave this at that. We’re not special. I think the service side of us all comes from my mom and dad teaching us values, ethics, morals. We were taught, you work for everything. If you don’t earn it you don’t usually respect something. We were taught to respect adults and our elders, manners were insisted upon. Don’t lie, steal, oe cheat. No one can take away one’s dignity or self-respect; but, one could give  them away by one’s misdeeds. We were taught about God. To respect those teachings in the Bible. We were taught about the freedoms we have here in America and to be grateful for them and protect them. If I hadn’t been taught these values as a child, I might not have taught them to my own kids. Any more it seems that the way I was brought up is gone for good. Many parents don’t tech kids anything but about alcohol, drugs, & what is “owed to one” from the guvment!!

Flying the Flag, parades and speeches are nice tributes to our troops now and the memories of the sacrifices of the fallen. But a greater tribute would be not to fail to protect what our troops defend with their lives every day or else the boomer generation will be remembered as the generation that allowed what the greatest generation died defending slip away. What a tragedy? What  a sad tribute to our deceased veterans and those serving now. I don’t want to serve or do anything else for the USSA but I will defend with my life the USA until my dying breath.

So you want to honor our troops and our past Veterans; then, vote in November in a way to help restore the USA and let’s get rid of everything that symbolizes the USSA! Don’t try to pretend it never was, ,et history record its coming and passing so we can learn from our mistakes!! This is my Memorial day tribute to the troops and the memory of those gone. That I salute them every day and love and support the USA in every way I can. God Bless our troops. God Bless America!

From Stars and Stripes and Military.com – What’s happening now with our Military !

•August 20, 2011 • 6 Comments

Patriot Guard

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With all the events taking place here at home, I haven’t had time to post here as often I would like. As our troops fight to preserve our freedom, and the peace and freedom in Afghanistan, I have tried to help make a difference here at home in our ongoing battle against socialism/communism.

I did some checking on the current news about our military. I found some good links on various stories at Stars and Stripes:

Here are a few more from Military.com:

Both of the sites are excellent sources for news and information for about and for our Military personnel. Please consider visiting these sites. Often you will find information that will tell you how you can help a military family in need. You can also find some links to excellent sites that provide services for our military veterans in need, those deployed, and military families!

A Birthday Tribute to President George Bush

•June 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Official photograph portrait of former U.S. Pr...

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Former President George Bush will be 65 on July 6, 2011. As a birthday tribute to George, I wrote a poem. I am not great at this; but, I am sure the thoughts will come through!

George Bush

He came to town and spoke with a Texas drawl,
Spoke to us all with a big, “Hi, y’all!”

He had a good sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye,
Something about his manner said I’m a nice guy.

George was often the target of the liberal left,
yet he went about his business  pretending to be deaf.

No one knew what was about to come,
Terrorists in planes would block out our sun!

But, on that day of tragedy and sorrow,
George stood in the rubble and promised a better tomorrow!

He went after bin Laden and Saddam Hussein,
He made sire neither hurt us again!

Many of our soldiers fought and died,
For each one, George bush cried!

He left office with his head hung in shame,
The left at his heels shouting blame!

Hold your head high George, you loved our nation,
A leftist secret agenda was our real damnation!

Everyday as we slip closer to the left’s abyss,
I’ve harbored a wish to tell you this!

You see, you aren’t to blame for all that was done,
We, the nation, are for abdicating our duty solely to fun!

When I think of your service for eight trying years,
I  feel gratitude though my eyes are full of tears!

As the left tore our nation apart,
you continued to lead straight from the heart!

Thank you George, for leading  the U.S. of A.,
through one of its greatest tragedies to this very day!

What is the most difficult problem faced by Military Families during a Deployment?

•June 9, 2011 • 1 Comment

Greater Middle East

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I am concerned about the problems now facing our Military Families as a result of the frequent deployments in the Wars we are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now the Middle East. I have made a poll based on those issues I have encountered here on various posts. I also have set up the poll to allow responders to input a choice I may have missed.

Please take the poll and help me and others understand what Military Families must cope with during deployments.  If enough people respond, the information can let the country know how we might best help our Military Families. Continue reading ‘What is the most difficult problem faced by Military Families during a Deployment?’

A Salute to Our Fallen Troops and Those Troops now serving Our Nation – God Bless You All!

•May 30, 2011 • 2 Comments

A Soldier‘s Prayer

Hear My Prayer

Please God, hear my prayer, I beg you on this day;
Look out for my little girls because I have to go away.

To a hot unfriendly land, I’m marching off to war;
The President says I’m needed on a distant shore.

Tell them dad’s got something important to do, our country‘s issued its call.
I’ve got to make sure our troops get what they need to keep it safe for all.

Tell them often I love them and I’ll be back before they know it.
That I don’t want to leave them, but I have to do my bit.

Tell them I don’t believe in war and I don’t like guns and knives.
But there’s these terrorists over there who have no value for human lives.

They’ve bombed our embassies, attacked our ships, and toppled the Twin Towers.
For over seventeen years they’ve waged their war; and tried to make us cower!

So tell my little girls be brave and say their daily prayers for me;
That before they know it, I’ll be home with them upon my knee.

So once again I beg you God, look kindly on your soldier;
Look after my little girls God, please, hear my prayer!


“Who am I?”

I left home to go to a far away land, now everything is different. I can’t explain to anyone how. Lately everything seems  so very confused. It all runs together and it won’t slow down. One minute I’m a normal eighteen year old kid without a care in the world. Next minute I’m a soldier, alone with my thoughts as I crouch behind a battered vehicle dodging enemy bullets that whiz past my head. Beside me are my brothers and sisters, my only source of strength and courage to go on when I feel myself start to slip away..

An enemy attacked our country. They killed thousands of our own. They threaten to destroy us, to make our country their own. So we came to this place to put an end to their goals. We freed another people these fanatics also terrorized. We taught them to be free. We gave them hope for a better future. We are helping rebuild their country. At the same time we now fight beside each other to defeat this common enemy.

Sadly, one day one of their eighteen year olds might be sent far away. They too may have to  fight an enemy who threatens to destroy their homeland. But I pray what we do here today will help prevent that far away day. Not because I am a coward or don’t want to do my job. I am just a soldier, who loves his/her country. And I’m proud to do my part.

Like many other soldiers before, I willingly volunteered for this honor. To me and my brothers and sisters there is no higher calling except the call of God. I live to serve and protect, to keep our enemies at bay. I trained hard for that day all the while hoping it would never come. But if the call came, I knew I would do what needed to be done. There was also the element of being tested, to know if I could I do my part if the need arose.

But I always hoped that my job would become obsolete. You see, no soldier really wants to kill another human being, be they enemy or innocent victims who are unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We hope our very training and presence will deter those who would do us harm. But, now, as in the past, there are those who have no love of country or even their fellow man.  They spread terror, hate and death anywhere that they can.

I was all pumped up my first day in this land. I was going to help stop this enemy who brazenly attacked us on our very shore. I was going to stop him, let him feel the Eagle at his door. The first time I had to kill one of them, I never felt any remorse. I didn’t look into his face as he died, so I felt no remorse. But that all changed one day as I watched the life flow slowly from my enemy’s face. Then I watched, for the first time, as the life’s blood of an innocent child drained slowly into the sand. I couldn’t help but feel there must be some other way! I felt a tear slide down my face!

Then I stood helplessly by and watched as one of my own brothers and sisters died. I felt the loss like a stabbing burning pain deep inside my heart. I stored it beside the images of all those innocent children. I felt an anger begin to grow inside me that at times threatened to consume me. I wanted to kill every single one of the enemy. I wanted to strangle them with my bare hands, watch as the recognition appeared in their eyes they were dying at my hands. I would savor that moment forever.

But a voice inside me, I don’t know if it was my own or that of God above, said do that and what will be the difference between you and those you judge. So I put aside my anger, or at least that which crossed the line from soldier defending the rights of others to madman killing just to kill. I tempered my rage, I swallowed my grief, I put aside my loneliness and fears, and became a soldier again.

Everyday, or at least once a week when I could, I talked to my loved one(s) back at home. I read the letters incessantly, opened their packages made with such love. These things were my salvation. They reminded me of who I was before I came to this far away land. I didn’t realize just how much of myself was lost day by day. We are too busy staying alive and doing our jobs to think about much of anything else.

But one day I began to notice a difference. It was a subtle something I couldn’t quite grasp. I started marking down the days as the end of my tour was coming to pass. I found there were more and more moments of reflection. Sometimes I couldn’t even remember what I reflected about. I just wanted to be home again, be normal again, be clean again, sleep in my own bed, not have to go out, hunt the enemy, kill him or be killed, see all the death, the violence. I missed my home. I missed my family. I missed my life.  But these thoughts confused me. I am a soldier after all. I have a duty. I answer the call.

I felt guilty about wanting to leave behind my fellow brothers and sisters. I felt guilty that some of them would never go home. I felt guilty because of the burdens my job placed on my family. I felt unclean.  Could they still love me though I am no longer that person who went away that day to protect and defend them from harms way? I felt so afraid! Then I felt a terrible fear begin to grow inside me that the horrors of what I had seen, had done, had lived with during my time here might some way touch them too. After months of living on guard to protect my very life, would I be able to relax these instincts?

As I lay in my bed at night reliving the horrors of war in my sleep, would my spouse be safe from me? Would I lose control in that moment of not being asleep anymore but not quite awake, and think he/she was the enemy? Can I control all the anger, rage, pain, and not let it spill over to my kids? But hardest of all, can I be with them, accept their love when inside even though some small part of me knows all that other garbage is there and all of what is left of my emotions is still inside me somewhere but I FEEL ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

A dark cloud of nothingness and darkness is wrapped around my heart. It stays with me night and day. Only the battle with the enemy or the fellowship of my brothers and sisters in arms comforts me because I see that same nothingness in their eyes too. I see their confusion too. I see that like me their training and professionalism as trained soldiers is all that allows them to go on each day. All that keeps us all on the right side of the line that separates us from the type of human being we are and the enemy we fight.

All those cards, letters, phone calls, emails, they too help keep us from crossing that line. They also keep us from losing ourselves completely. It is the support from home that keeps us going. It is the love from our country that makes the difference. That’s why when I read or hear the news from home my despair deepens. The news is all so negative. There is no news of the good we do. There is no news that we are winning this war. There is no news that says our country has not abandoned us. There is only the marching in the streets, the protests outside the hospitals where our brothers and sisters lay recovering from their wounds, the fighting in the Congress.

Were it not for our training, the love we brought with us of our loved ones, the love of our country, our own love in return, I/we couldn’t go on. We wouldn’t have had the strength to start checking out things for ourselves about the situation back at home. We wouldn’t have been able to figure out that all those spreading the hate, negativity, and lack of support are made of the same substance as the enemy we fight here, so far away from home. The only thing that keeps our fear at bay for our homeland is knowing and remembering that the same spirit that has allowed our country to exist this long will raise its collective arm and stop those at home who would destroy our country, its dreams, its hopes, all the good that exists in America.

So, “Who am I?” I am an American Soldier. I am an American Veteran. I am proud to be an American. I love my country. I am proud and feel privileged to have served my country. But I am one of many who need help. I am not a coward. I am not afraid to serve again. But, sometimes no matter how hard I try, the stain of war leaves an imprint on me that I can’t fight off by myself. I try. God knows I try. But, I need your help now. I need you to help me look after my family . I need you to help me find myself again. I need you to be strong and do your part as I recover. I need you to not let those in America who would try to destroy our country succeed. I need to know my sacrifices, given willingly, were not in vain. I need to know what I did mattered. I need to know again, “Who am I the person?”

[I feel I must make a clarification. I wrote this post on behalf of our troops. I did my best to try to present what I thought might be going through the mind of all/some of our deployed soldiers. If any soldier feels I have done them an injustice, please let me know. I hope I did a decent job. I hope you also realize that none of what I’ve written is intended as anything negative. I just wanted to try to say some things y’all might not feel comfortable or advisable to say.

(….edited by devildog6771 on Saturday 2/18/06….)

“The Measure of a Man”

You know Red, it’s OK to be down. It’s OK to want it all over and be at home where you belong.

It’s OK to feel the weight of a leader. It’s OK to want to have just a moment when you don’t have to be so strong!

It’s OK to be afraid all the time. It’s OK to feel outside yourself when everything’s too much.

It’s OK to feel an overwhelming rage. It’s OK to curse and spew about the war, the MSM, stupid orders and such.

It’s OK to cry when you’re over flowing inside. It’s OK to pray to God it will all go away.

You are but a man, you see. No man should live and see what you do in a day!

You’re like the man in Thoreau’s “Different Drummer.” You’ve found your own way to survive each and every miserable day!

Patton said, “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” I read your words and hear your thoughts and know you too live that way!

(I could find no other way to say what I want to say to you by way of encouragement. So I wrote this poem. I hope it brings you (and your men) some measure of pride.

I know you beat yourself up for how you feel. But, I think the most courageous of men are those not afraid to say what is inside!)
(I wrote this for a soldier blogger.)


In Honor of Matt Maupin

“Remember My Face”

It’s been so long now I can’t help but feel,
my life is all over, is this all really real;

I’ve been a prisoner for such a long time,
no one left behind, was that just a line;

They beat and threaten my life with a shiv,
name, rank, and serial number, that’s all I give;

Does anyone even remember my name,
or am I a soldier and prisoner of little fame;

How much longer will I be held in this place,
my name is Matt, do you remember my face;

I’m an American soldier who willingly served,
I can’t help but think this is so undeserved;

Have I been abandoned in this horrible place,
will I die and disappear without leaving a trace;

What about my buddies, who fought at my side,
are they still fighting, has the war turned the tide;

Will they come for me and free me from this fate,
or will I die in this place a victim of fanatical hate;

The country I love and served with such pride,
has it turned its back on me now, has it lied;

Please don’t leave me behind, it would be a disgrace,
my name is Matt Maupin, please, remember my face?
(I was honored the Maupin Family asked to copy this. As you all know, Matt was finally found and returned to his family with all the “honors” he deserved. So little for so much sacrifice!)


“Don’t Heaven Sound Like a Beautiful Place”

As he looks across the huge field below,
off to the right he sees a bright rainbow;
Days of rain have washed clean the air,
and fed the grass and flowers growing there.

He gazes at row upon row of granite crosses,
a constant reminder of war’s tragic losses;
in perfect alignment they stand in formation,
brave soldiers who once guarded our nation;

As they rest here peacefully in this holy place,
He hangs his head at the shame and disgrace;
They gave their lives in defense a nation,
that now stands divided by political oration;

Then he reflects on that day in September,
The Twin Towers in New York a burning ember;
The Pentagon in Washington partially ablaze,
A plane crash in Pennsylvania saw panic for days;

On that day of tragedy and foreign invasion,
he reviewed his options and rose to the occasion,
All across America young men and women stood,
All took the oath because they felt they should;

He knew he didn’t have to join up but he did;
He felt God spoke to him and did as He bid;
Tall and proud he told his little girls goodbye,
With hugs and kisses he left with head held high;

Promise me you’ll look after my girls he said,
Tell them I love them when they go to bed;
Make sure they know Daddy didn’t want to go,
But, under the circumstances I couldn’t say no;

Remind them of the promise I made to them,
I’ll be ok and return home but don’t know when;
To say their prayers and think of me often,
He didn’t know that he’d return home in a coffin;

He wasn’t killed by a terrorist bullet or deed,
instead his fellow companion failed to heed;
in a moment of carelessness a man lost his life,
and a moments panic and fear caused great strife;

He looked at the names in this sacred place,
He read each one to himself and saw a face;
Not here in this field where he could never lay,
But in the house of his Father every day;

Though he did not die on any field of combat,
He did die serving his country, you can believe that;
Though he wanted to be with his girls and friends,
He would still have made that same decision again;

After a few more moments of silent reflection,
he forgave the circumstances of his situation;
As he did this he heard the heavenly choir sing,
That was when he knew he had done the right thing;

And as he rose to heaven with a flutter of wing,
I heard him sing,

“*Doesn’t Heaven sound like a beautiful place?
And I’m ready for the day I see his face.
Won’t be no guns.
Won’t be no knives.
Hear the best preaching that
you ever heard in your lives.”
[*by: PO2 Michael J. Gray, killed in Kuwait, March 5,2004]
[I wrote this poem in memory of my nephew who was killed in Kuwait on March 5, 2004. I also wrote it to honor all our troops on this Memorial Day.]


A visit with Michael

I like to go to the cemetery at night
when the darkness spreads its eerie light.

I always drive down the road to the right
following the soft beam of the headlights.

As I drive slowly through the darkness I see
a carpet of beautiful trees scattered randomly.

The road quietly meanders around the outside
as I continue through where you now reside.

Inside the loop throughout the quiet little park
I see scattered here and there lanterns in the dark.

In every direction they cast a soft glow of light
like one big silky blanket of warmth each night.

They maintain their vigilance, the lanterns and trees
like the moon and stars nightly watch over the seas.

Finally I come to a stop and get out and walk a ways
down the little cement path I haven’t visited in days.

Then I look down at the marble plague on the ground
as all around me the crickets are the only sound.

I walk around to make sure nothing’s been disturbed
then I sit and talk to you for a while sure I am heard.

I talk about the good times we all used to share
and tell you how I feel and I lay my soul bare.

I talk about how proud we all are for what you did
and I think a lot about when you were just a kid.

I tell you what I know of your girls and you mom’s life
and then all about you grandma and your wife.

But most of all I just sit and talk about things
I didn’t talk about before as I wipe away the tears
that this always brings!


“Bubba and Michael”

One life lay suffering in his bed, waiting for his final journey home;
One life lay quietly sleeping in his bed, his journey just begun;

From the moment they both met, a bond was formed between them;
A bond that only they understood, a shared unspoken understanding;

Over the next few months that bond just grew, giving comfort to both;
The one derived a growing sense of peace, the other a warm feeling of love;

On that final day when the one slipped away, at home at last;
The other stayed behind, too young to comprehend what they had shared;

And as these two accompanied each other on their individual journeys;
We all watched in awe and respect the growth of unconditional love.

Over the next few years our grief for the one began to lessen;
Our hearts began to mend, our sadness replaced by many fond memories;

Over these same few years the other grew into an amazing young man;
He had shocking red hair, a face full of freckles, and an insatiable curiosity;

He was such an uncomplicated young man, so full of love;
With a contagious spirit and zest for life, he brought out the best in everyone near him;

There was such joy in everything he did, and we all loved him dearly;
Both our parents doted on him, it was hard not to;

And his Mom and him shared a loving bond that was beautiful to watch;
My brothers and sisters and I were crazy about him, we couldn’t help it;

He grew up in our home as one of us, and he was this pesky little boy that made us all feel so adored.
He had an astounding mind, even his teachers were amazed;

He put his heart and soul into everything he did, he had so much he wanted to do;
Like his uncle he went into law enforcement, “it was a family tradition;”

He married and had four little girls, he could change diapers better than any mom;
He never missed a chance to show them his love;

He was a Police Officer, a Mentor, a Rock Singer, a Song Writer, his talents were many;
But it was his role as a good Father and Husband that he most wanted to be known;

He took “his girls” everywhere he went, he was a father in every sense of the word;
He never was too tired or busy to take time with them, or read them a story;

He told them and showed them in every way, every moment of each day;
But with all he gave to his family, he still found time for his mom and grandmother;

He was a loving son and grandson, and a good friend to both;
He loved to spend time with each, letting them both know how much he loved them too.

After 9/11, he answered God’s call and joined the Navy, he wanted to be ready if needed;
He answered the call and again gave his all, only this time he too took the final journey, he is now at home;

Two lives are now at home, both sitting at the side of their Father;
One pathed the way many years before, saving a place for the other to come;

Now they are both looking down from above, both clothed in an aura of love;
Keeping watch over us all, from so very high up above
(In Memory of My Nephew, Michael,  and my brother, Bubba, who died from cancer one year after he left the Army during the Vietnam ERA.)


Troop Pictures and others from “7” years of Blogging for the Troops

•May 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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The following images are from my posts here. This is my tribute to our troops on this Memorial Day. These events have effected and shaped our lives, every American citizen, and citizens throughout the World. They only scratch the surface; but, they are a good start.