Last Updated 9/24/05
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Song of the week: Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue -- Toby Keith
--- If the video doesn't start, just hit your refresh key... Now... turn up the volume and get everyone out of bed!!!! It is going to be a fantastic day!!
...And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
As we reflect on our Nation's birthday, the words above were an oath that our Founding Fathers promised to each other. They were willing to give up everything. My question to you-- How many of us today would be willing to do the same thing-- give of our lives, loves, material possessions and something most of us don't even consider today... Our honor? I consider myself very fortunate because I have been surrounded by patriots- men and women of honor my entire life.
This weekend, as we celebrate the 4th of July, our Independence Day, please take a moment to remember all those that came before us that had a vision of liberty and freedom. Take a moment to remember and pray for our men and women in the armed forces today. Pray for their families and friends.
It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."
- Father Dennis O'Brien, Chaplain, USMC
Learn about the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
You can find some of our local heroes here and here.
Kaziah the Goat Woman paints portraits of fallen heroes for free.
Our great nation was almost lost 142 years ago. For a very special remembrance and tribute, please visit The Beacon - Informed Patriotism.
This blog is dedicated to the following people:
*My Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather, Captain Israel Jones - Revolutionary War, served under General Washington -- how cool is that???
* My Great Great Great Grandfather, Robert Wilcox Jones - Civil War
*My Great Grandfather, Haven P - USN - WWI
*My Great Grandfather, Arthur S - Army National Guard - WWI, Alsace Lorraine Front and Argonne Forest, France
*My Great Great Uncle Earl Jones - USMC - WWI
*Rob C's Great Grandfather Fred Hutzel - USA - WWI, Rainbow Division
*My Grandfather, James R. P - USMC - WWII, Solomon Islands
*Michael's Grandfather, Louis Friedhof - USA - WWII
*My Great Uncle Calvin P - USA - WWII
*My Great Uncle Dick Davis - USA - WWII, Normandy
*My Great Uncle Dickie P - USA - WWII
*Rob C's Uncle Herbert Hall - USA - WWII, Darby's Rangers. POW - Escaped
*Rob C's Grandfather Robert L. C Sr. - USA - WWII, Battle of the Bulge
*Rawland Patrick "Pat Crosby - Retired USA - WWII, served under General Patton at the Battle of the Bulge, Korean War
*Robert Allen Johnson - USMC - WWII, Midway, Guadalcanal, Okinawa
*My Great Uncle Junior (Arthur) S - USMC - Korean War
*My dad, Ted M. P- USMC - Vietnam
*My Uncle Steve P- Retired USMC - Vietnam War
*My Great Uncle Charlie S - Retired USMC - Vietnam War
* My Great Uncle Tommy S - USMC - Vietnam War & Retired USAF
*My Great Uncle Denny S - USA - Vietnam War
*My Great Uncle Rex P - USA - Vietnam War
*Kyle S - USMC - Vietnam War
*Tom B - USN - Vietnam War
*Charlie D - USN - Vietnam War
*My Great Uncle Darrell C - USMC - Vietnam
*Rob C's father, Robert L. C Jr. - USMC - Vietnam War
*Anita I - USMC - Persian Gulf War
*My 2nd cousin - Darren C - USN - Persian Gulf
*Mike E - USA
*My cousin Jim P - USMC
*My brother in law Sam Y - USA
*Russell S - USA
*John K - USMC
*Michael D - USA
*James Kevin P - USMC
*John A - USA
*Mark B - USAF
*Murray R - USA
a humble prayer for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice:
*Pat Tillman, KIA - USA - Afghanistan
*Paul R. Smith - KIA - USA - Iraq, Medal of Honor Recipient
*Taylor B. Prazynski, KIA - USMC - Iraq
*Nick Erdy, KIA- USMC - Iraq
*Timothy J. Hines Jr., died from wounds sustained on 6/19, 7/14/05 - USA - Iraq
*Ronnie D. Williams, KIA 7/18/05 - USA - Iraq
*Timothy Michael Bell Jr., KIA 8/3/05 - USMC - Iraq
*Michael Cifuentes, KIA 8/3/05 - USMC - Iraq
*William Brett Wightman, KIA 8/3/05 - USMC - Iraq
*Christopher J. Dyer, KIA 8/3/05 - USMC - Iraq
*David Kreuter, KIA 8/3/05 - USMC - Iraq
*Casey Sheehan, KIA, 4/4/04 - USA - Iraq
*Ken Welch, KIA, 9/20/84 - USA - Lebanon
and a special prayer for those currently serving:
*Cpl Mitchell Neil "Mikey" Price - USMC
*Spc Keith Scott - USA
*Sgt Kris Petrosky - USA
*Tech Sgt Chris Ryan - USAF
*Lt. Cmdr Scott Boisvert - USN
*SSgt. Matt Maupin, MIA/POW - USA Iraq
*Our Commander in Chief George W. Bush
***and All military bloggers that are keeping us in touch...
*Samantha Colling's "little" brother, Cpl Francis Louis "Frank" Arnold - USMC
*SGT John Furman - USA - Mosul, Iraq
*SGT Michael O'Rourke - USA - Baghdad, Iraq
*Michael McVey - USMC - Baghdad, Iraq
*LCpl Stephen R. Thompson - USMC - Iraq, Purple Heart Recipient
To those currently serving: You need to know that I and countless others stand behind you and support you and your mission. I am deeply grateful and profoundly humbled by your courageous service to our great country. May God bless you and keep you safe.
If I have omitted anyone, I am truly sorry. If I have printed something erroneously or incorrectly, please let me know so I may correct it. One thing I have found out about these guys--- "Y'all don't talk about it..."
Lastly, I would like to add to this list and see it grow... so if you know someone that is serving in the military or has served in the military, please send me their information and I'll just keep adding to the list...
On Monday---Have a happy Independence Day and remember to fly the flag.
Have a great week!!!
**The link to the tribute for Pat Tillman is quite moving and I highly recommend you view it. However, it must be noted that I do not endorse the author's position on our stance on the war in Iraq. I respectfully disagree with Chris Valentine and as I have mentioned in this post, I support our armed forces and their mission.
Uncle Steve, 1970 in full gear, Vietnam
My Uncle Charlie is standing in the back on the left. 1961 in Patras, Greece.
My Grandfather watching as my Dad is being inducted into the Marines. 1963
My Uncle Calvin is on the right. On the back of the photo, it reads, "This is one of the boys with me. I am still dirty. I just got off from work so you will have to overlook the dirt and the silly grin I got on my face. Love Calvin"