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Friday, June 12, 2009

To honor a fallen soldier ~

I received an email the other day about the first soldier from Henry County, Georgia that had fallen in the war ~ the email stated that they wanted to line the streets with so many people when they brought his body home for burial.

Well, my husband received this email as well from someone different and we decided to go to show our respect and thankfulness. Thursday evening the plane landed several counties away but we knew approximately when the processional would be coming through our area. As we drove to the spot where we were going to meet Dennis' mother, we couldn't believe the people that were out to pay their respects to this wonderful soldier and the sacrifice he had made for our country.










Look at the soldiers in uniform saluting ~ beautiful ~







We honor and thank Sergeant First Class John C. Beale killed in action last week in Afghanistan....

he gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom ~




32 comments:

Nadine said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures Dawn. How wonderful that there were so many people out there to show their support - God bless them!

lifeheARTist said...

Thank you for sharing and for supporting our fallen heroes! His family will be in our prayers. ~Mom of a soldier~

Florence said...

thank you for sharing this story. Our fallen ones should never be forgotten.

debi @ life in my studio said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing this reminder to all of us to never forget.

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Thanks for sharing Dawn. My son's namesake was killed in the Vietnam War. We always need to remember our children who give their lives for us. I will keep the family in my prayers. Let's keep all our hero's and their families in our prayers.
Smiles,
Pat

I Need This Antiques said...

My prayers and thanks to this family and to the young man who sacrificed his life on the alter of freedom. He will not be forgotten. Sea Witch

Primitive Seasons said...

Dawn, I got chills just looking at the pictures. The ultimate sacrifice is still too high a price but you and your fellow citizens made that burden easier to bear for his family. God bless you!

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Prayers for the brave soldier and his family. Words can not say enough for this sacrifice.... The pictures make my heart ache .....

Donna said...

God bless him and his family. Our freedom is precious and has been earned by a lot of blood.

Anonymous said...

Now that brought a tears to my eyes. Vicki Page

Sheila R said...

Thank you for supporting a fallen solder and sharing it! May we never forget the sacrifes our military make for our freedom!

Miss Sandy said...

Dawn,
It seems that the world moves on and forgets that our freedom still hangs in the balance. Thank you for sharing this post. My niece and nephew are over there now. My nephew and two other soldiers goes before the troops in a tank to sweep for mines. My heart and prayers go out to this family.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Thank you for sharing this Dawn. Reminds us of how much we should be thankful for.

marie said...

What a lovely tribute ~ thanks for sharing the moment with us...and thank you for the reminder to keep all our brave servicemen and women in our thoughts and prayers.

Vicki K. said...

Thank you, Dawn, for this post. It is sobering and humbling to think of the soldiers who risk and give their lives for our freedom. Prayers for and blessings on his family.

Connie said...

Being the daughter of a military man, the wife of a retired Marine and the mother of a former Marine, I salute that young man who gave his life so that I may experience freedom for my country. Let's keep it free. It is the greatest country on earth and I love it and the men who protect me and my family. I'm so glad I didn't put on my makeup yet this morning because my cheeks are stained with tears from reading this, sugar. And I thank you, as a mother of a Marine, for showing your respect to our fallen soldiers. I can't even imagine the anguish his mother must be going through at this moment, but I feel such love and tenderness in my heart for her and him that he'll be in my mind the whole day. Thank you, Sergeant First Class John C. Beale. We in this family salute you for your honor and bravery.
xoxoxoxoxo,
Connie and family

Magic Moonlight said...

Thank-you Dawn for posting about this lovely Tribute! Poor Mother, I will pray for this Soldier and his Family, And Pray for my little Sister, over there now, God Bless Them!
Blanca.

kathy said...

Dawn , THis post made me sad -and made me proud -- My hub a viet -Vet -- had a piece of paper he carried in his pocket - that he had torn from a the army newspaper - stars n .stripes -- It said -- For those who fight for it - "FREEDOM " has a flavor the protected will never know -- would that all our country -could be proud and know that with all its problems -- we are truly blessed - by GOd and the brave men and women who fight for it -- for us and others -- Kathy - ga

ceekay said...

Wonderful that you took part in this. I am sure his mom will always remember the streets lined with caring people.

Truth said...

God bless you, Dawn. You are a kind a gracious lady.

Sue

Charlene said...

WOW! This really brings it home doesn't it! FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!!! So many people take this for granted. Thank you for bring this to the fore front so we can all stop a minute & remember. I am so glad your community came out in such grand style.

Nita Jo said...

What a beautiful, touching tribute. Thank you for sharing it. It touches the heart to see people turn out for one of our fallen heroes. It is a bittersweet reminder to all of us.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

This gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes.
Thank you for sharing.
~Becca~

locuasia said...

Hola Dawn,
Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comments.
This post made me cry... how beautiful that you were there to support his family - may he rest in peace.

The Rustic Victorian said...

very nice that you went, it is soul renewing when we take the time to remember and show what patriotism, gratitude, and respect, is all about. I am sure it helps the family to know so many care.
*M*

Lynns Lovelies said...

Dawn, thanks so much for these touching photos. I heard about Sgt First-Class John C. Beale and am so happy that so people in your county came out to show their respect, gratititude, patriotism and love for him, his family and our country. May God Bless him and his family....

Hugs,
Lynn♥

PCarriker said...

My army moms heart goes out to his loved ones. He paid the ultimate price. We need to honor everyone of the brave young people who defend our freedoms. Thank you for this lovely post Dawn.

Christine D said...

Thank You so much for sharing this story. It made me cry!!

Sharon said...

I am moved beyond words. As I wipe the tears from my eyes I pray for peace for everyone. My heartfelt wishes to his family and loved ones.Sharon

Relyn said...

This makes me cry. Of course for the soldiers family. And in gratitude of his sacrifice. But also because there are still so many people who are not only grateful, but will take the time to show it. In a way that matters, and can bring comfort. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

Vee said...

Beautiful tribute by so many...it's good to see that there are communities who still respond. Joining you in praying for this man's family and in thanking him (and them) for his sacrifice. May God hold him forever.

Jann said...

So very sad . . . but what a tribute, and thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to show their respect. Thank you for the photos, Dawn . . . words can't describe how I feel right now. ~Jann

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