Theodore's World: Sgt. Emerson Brand ~ We Will Never Forget Your Sacrifice

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September 29, 2007

Sgt. Emerson Brand ~ We Will Never Forget Your Sacrifice

Patriot Guard Escorts Fallen Soldier form Caddo MIlls, Texas

Sgt. Emerson N. Brand, 29

Sgt. Emerson spent the last nine years of his life in the Army, serving once in Kosovo and this was his second deployment to Iraq. His life was tragically cut short when an IED struck his unit, killing Emerson and three other soldiers March 15, in Baghdad.

He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

The song is:
"Go Rest High On The Mountain" by Vince Gill

From Patriot Guard Riders:

"Sgt. Emerson Brand was killed in Iraq last week by an IED. I got a call from an associate asking if I could film the plane arriving yesterday in Greenville, Texas. I was honored. I found out the procession had grown and this was to be an "event" for Greenville and the area, with businesses closing and allowing employees to line the streets in honor of Sgt. Brand. Many people and organizations offered to volunteer their time and assistance to making this a reality.

The Patriot Guard Riders would be present for the procession and the funeral today, but never imagined the patriotic feel I found when watching the Patriot Guard Riders in the procession. Seeing the people lining the streets with American flags and businesses closing down, I found hope for our country that people still care about what our soldiers are fighting for. An emotional day for me as this was the first "real contact" with the war in the Middle East and seeing a fallen soldier."

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid" -
Dwight D. Eisenhower

.....Thank you Tom for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 29, 2007 12:44 AM


Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13
"...Day is done, gone the sun. From the lake, from the hill, from the sky. All is well, safely rest. God is nigh." - Taps

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at September 29, 2007 05:14 AM

If that doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you're cold hearted.

Posted by: BobF at September 29, 2007 09:16 AM

Great post. Thanks for it

Posted by: DD2 at September 29, 2007 11:06 AM

Patriotism and love of our soldiers is alive and well in America. It never left small town America. Here in Texas, sarifice is respected and remembered. I have seen coverage of other military funerals in The South, Colorado, California, the Dakotas. It is the same. Somber respect for the fallen and flags flying with unabashed patriotism.

Americans are more united than the elitists want us to know.

Posted by: TomR at September 29, 2007 12:39 PM

Thank you Tom, thank you WT. It does bring a tear to the eye.

Posted by: Jack at September 29, 2007 01:38 PM

It's because of young men and women like Sgt. Emerson this country will only get better.What
we are going through now is a bump in the road
we will soon smooth out...

Now a wee bit of Irish for the lad!!

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there... I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow...
I am the diamond glints on snow...
I am the sunlight on ripened grain...
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight...
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there... I did not die...

Posted by: Tincan Sailor at September 29, 2007 03:48 PM

Thank you everyone and thank you Tom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 30, 2007 01:37 AM