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May 30, 2010

These Heroes gave their ALL in Afghanistan May 26,2010....they will not be forgotten.

I am not sure who is singing this but she has such a beautiful voice. ~ Wild Thing


These Heroes gave their ALL in Afghanistan May 26,2010....they will not be forgotten

Maj. Ronald W. Culver, Jr., USA, KIA Iraq 24MAY2010
Pfc. Christopher R. Barton, USA, KIA Afghanistan 24MAY2010
SSgt. Edwin Rivera, USA, DOW Afghanistan 25MAY2010
Spc. Stanley J. Sokolowski, III, USA, Died Afghanistan 20MAY2010
Pfc. Jason D. Fingar, III, USA, KIA Afghanistan 22MAY2010
Gunner Zak Cusack, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, KIA Afghanistan 26MAY2010
Cpl. Stephen Paul Curley, 40 Commando Royal Marines, KIA Afghanistan 26MAY2010


Words from Ronald Reagan on Memorial Day

President Ronald Reagan's June 6, 1984 speech in front of the U.S. Ranger Monument in Normandy commemorating the Rangers' charge up Pointe du Hoc:

"Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.

"The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge-and pray to God we have not lost it-that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

"You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty."

Posted by Wild Thing at May 30, 2010 05:55 AM


I am a soldier and my speech is rough and plain
I'm not much used to writing and I hate to give you pain
But I promised I would do it and he thought it might be so
If it came from one who loved him perhaps it would ease the blow
By this time you must have guessed the truth I fain will hide
And you'll pardon me for rough soldier words while I tell you how he died

It was in the mortal battle, it rained the shot and shell
I was standing close beside him and I saw him when he fell
So I took him in my arms and laid him on the grass
It was going against orders but they thought to let it pass
'Twas a minie ball that struck him, it entered at his side
But we didn't think it fatal till this morning when he died

"Last night I wanted so to live, I seemed so young to go.
This week I passed my birthday. I was just nineteen, you know.
When I thought of all I planned to do it seemed so hard to die
But now I pray to God for grace and all my cares gone by."
And here his voice grew weaker as he partly raised his head
And whispered "Goodbye, mother," and your soldier boy was dead

I carved another headboard as skillful as I could
And if you wish to find it I can tell you where it stood
I send you back his hymn book and the cap he used to wear
The lock I cut the night before of his bright, curly hair
I send you back his Bible. The night before he died
I turned its leaves together and read it by his side
I'll keep the belt he was wearing, he told me so to do
It had a hole upon the side just where the ball went through

So now I've done his bidding, there's nothing more to tell
But I shall always mourn with you the boy we loved so well


Posted by: Mark at May 30, 2010 08:12 AM

Also please remember First Sgt Chris Rafferty from the 37th Airborne Combat Engineers. He was killed in 2006 at FOB Sharana.

Posted by: Rhod at May 30, 2010 08:54 AM

I think the singer is LeAnn Rimes.

Good post Mark. Remember all who have died for America. Not all were military. The CIA, Air America and other government agencies have had their share of losses.

Posted by: TomR at May 30, 2010 09:05 AM

Mark, that was great thank you so much.

Rhod, yesss thank you Rhod for adding First Sgt Chris Rafferty.

Tom, thak you so much, it didn't say at the YouYbue site and I didn't want to guess.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 31, 2010 12:07 AM