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Memorial Day May 2013 We Buried Another Veteran Today
AmmoLand ^ | May 24, 2013 | Major Van Harl, USAF Ret.

Posted on 05/24/2013 6:37:04 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

We buried another veteran today. He went to his God, from us, he went away. This one was young, in the prime of his life. He left twin children and a very courageous wife.

It wasn’t a bullet, a plane crash or a bomb. It was cancer, and he just finally, could not hold on. He fought “it” like a military campaign. But the time came to surrender, to end his earthly pain.

He knew he would be fine in the presence of his Lord. But what about his twins, those children he adored? Will they grow strong and at “life” win. Please God, let them always remember him.

We buried another veteran today. It seems, all my life, it has happened this way. From my uncles of the WW II-time frame. To the military friends, Vietnam would claim.

For me the number of dead, is always on the rise. When I get a call another veteran is gone, it is never really a surprise. From lost sub-mariners, in early days of my life. To the forever gone, military-medical friends of my veteran wife.

I lost a Korean War veteran friend this year, to a crashed airplane. I lost a Gulf War friend to cancer, a difference in their age, but still that pain. I lost an Uncle to cancer who did Korea with the Navy, steaming off shores. I lost my father-in-law who fought in Korea, from a “fox-hole” in the frozen outdoors.

We buried another Veteran today. It seems in all my family’s generations, it happens this way. From my Revolutionary War Grandfathers who started this sad, but needed trend. To the family members on both sides in 1861, who just would not bend.

Some of my family lived a long and happy life, after “their” war. They died of old age in their bed, safe-behind a locked door. They died in battle, buried where they fell. They died years later, carrying emotional scars, in their own personal hell.

My family is no different than thousands who met our Nation’s call. They rose to the demands of this country and some gave their “all“. We have to continue doing this, to make America free. But, it’s that Veteran’s twin-little children that keeps worrying me.

We buried another Veteran today. It seems all my life it continues this way. Now my only child is nine and we reside on a military installation. My wife and I truly want her to live safe, in a free nation.

But what happens, when it is her-generation’s turn to make a stand. Do we lose our only child in some forsaken-foreign land? Does she play it safe, stay home and say “that’s boy’s stuff”. Or does she join like her mother and go right into the ruff.

She has to be that one Veteran I don’t see, make that final “call“. Let me go before her, let me first give this country my fighting “all“. Maybe if I go “out-there” and make my final stand. She can stay safe-at-home, in this wonderful free land.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: vetscor
"Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell..."Christmas poem at Arlington National Cemetery
1 posted on 05/24/2013 6:37:04 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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2 posted on 05/24/2013 6:50:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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Probably our least paid and least appreciated (in relation to their actual service) employees of the people. God Bless Them All! ♥
3 posted on 05/24/2013 7:20:29 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

by elected officials maybe. Real american’s know who’s got their backs. And it’s not the idiots in DC.

4 posted on 05/24/2013 9:55:00 AM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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