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Guestbook: Remembering The Fallen Soldiers

Posted May 26, 2006 by Vidisha Priyanka

Updated May 26, 2006 at 08:59 PM

In the nearly five years since Sept. 11, more than three dozen men have died in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait in the U.S.-led “War on Terror.” For some, the military was a career. But for many, it was meant to be a stepping stone to other things. Travel. Education. Police work. Teaching.

Sign the guestbook and pay tribute to those who died to protect us.

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Por (Rachel H. Ascione) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I am the sister of Cpl. Ron Payne Jr. Ron was the first US Marine killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan on May 7th 2004.

Although it has been 2 years the pain still feels a day old. I hope that with each Memorial Day and with each Veterans Day and any other holiday we celebrate that those who are still here remember the men and women like my brother are never forgotten.

As I make the journey into the Navy I am constantly asking myself if I make him proud. I hope that above anything else that is what I do.

Please keep your prayers on not just my family but all those who lost loved ones for the sake of freedom.

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Por (Eddie Wilson DeLoatch Sr) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

My service for my country was August 1973 to 1 July 1994.  Greatest RESPECT GOES TO THE MEN AND WOMEN that SERVE OUR COUNTRY and keeping the United States Of America FREE and Strong aganist TERRORIST and Other enemies aganist us.  LET!S NOT FORGET!!!!!!
Support our TROOPS then and NOW!!

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Por (Shawn Marcus Sheppard) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I would like to say that I am very grateful to be serving in today’s army with the best soldiers that are known to man. Me and all of my soldiers here in Germany would like to say thank to you all back home for all of the love and support on this Memorial Day.

SGT Shawn Sheppard
USA, Military Police

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Por (Rebecca Bennett) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I am so very proud to live in this country.  I am forever grateful to those men and women who serve in our armed forces and protect us all.  To their families, your loved ones will never be forgotten.  Thank you to all the men and women in our armed forces and also to their families. Thank you for all that you sacrifice for our country and for us all.  May God be with all of you!  You all will forever have my support.

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Por (Stephen Gorham, Plant City) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Let us never forget that freedom is not free and our way of life is worth defending at all costs.  Today please take a moment, bow your heads, and pray for all of our heroes who continue to fight for our way of life and for all that have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live our lives as our parents did and their parents before them. God’s speed comrades…

Stephen Gorham
Candidate, Democrat, State Senate District 10
U.S.Navy Veteran

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Por (Terri Cooper) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Just wanted to say “Thank you” to all of those who served and sacrificed for us. My step-son served and was one of the fortunate ones that made it home. What was done for each and everyone of us will not be forgotten!!!!!

Thank you again.

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Por (Thomas J. Rongey) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

The Definition of HERO:

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Por (Melissa R. White) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

My grandfather served in the Army Airforce. He passed away last March. My father is a Marine. My husband serves in the Army Reserve. My brother is still active duty in the U.S.Army and has been in Afgahnastan and Iraq.

Today is a very special day for me. I support the troops. And want them to come home soon.

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Por (Henry A. Brosnaham IV.) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

But for the millions of brave Americans that have fought with valor against numerous evil despots, we would not enjoy our freedom and liberty that so many take for granted. I never take it for granted and remember my comrades who are not here to enjoy what I have given to me, by those who fought before me, and throughout our entire history.God bless our Military and keep those that don’t appreciate our Military in a small minority.
Semper fi,
Sgt USMC 1963-1967

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Por (Neil J. Armstrong) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

We will never forget and are eternally grateful!

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Por (Sgt. Donald & SFC Vicky Groesbeck Ret. Army/Air Fo) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

We are eternally grateful.

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Por (Krisey Simpson) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

So proud of of all fallen heros,so proud of my brother Kevin D.Akins.My fallen hero.

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Por (Sue Viscount) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

To alot of folks, Memorial Day is but a reason to party, a 3 day weekend and
the beginning of summer. Although those
are not necessarily bad things, PLEASE remember those who have made your freedom possible! As a Former Marine, I
can tell you first hand that support from home is what keeps us going. Do not think that it goes un-noticed and
is not appreciated.
God Bless America and those who have fought to defend her.
Semper Fi!!

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Por (Debbie Verboam) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)


To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful
I will never return;
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace.
And to the faithful
I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen
I cannot be seen,
But I can be heard.
So as you stand
Upon a shore gazing
At a beautiful sea,
As you look upon a flower
and admire its simplicity.
Remember me;
Remember me in your heart
Your thoughts and your memories
Of the times we loved,
The times we cried,
The times we fought,
The times we laughed.
for if you always think of me
I will have never gone.

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Por (Patricia Gardham) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Its been more than 3 years since my son, Cpl. Travis Rivero, was killed in Iraq.  Travis was always our hero, and we were always very proud of him. Not a day goes by that he is not thought of and missed so very much.  We honor him today, as we do everyday, and all the fallen heros.  We pray for all our men and women in harms way.

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Por (Brenda Smith) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I would like to express my appreciation to all the service men and women who have sucured this country and allowed us to have so many freedoms.
It is very sad the amount of military who have paid with their life to keep us safe. and what is also sad and rarely mentioned , is the number of men and women that have been wounded and their lives will never be the same. It breaks my heart to see the funding cuts for the troops gear and also the veterans care after they are wounded.
Then the evening news on Memorial day leads with boating. Boating could be a subject for any day.
Mrs Lyle Smith

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Por (Geprge Tselentis) on May 29, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Dear Comrades;

As you patrol those parts of the world that are dangerous. As you patrol those areas that are to cold, and to hot. As you eat from a small packet not enough of a meal, but just enough to keep you going. As you see the enemy and do what you must. As you climb, crawl, walk, swim and jump into places very few of us will ever know.

Know this, some of us have been there and we Honor each of you everyday by thinking of your courage and hardships. We know your names and will never forget your sacrifices.

Strength and Honor
George Tselentis, FLORIDA U.S.A /
Sgt. United States Air Force Combat Defense, 1965- 1970 (Separated)

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Por (Jose Rivera) on May 30, 2006 (Suggest removal)

One thing is to have a Memorial Day to have a day off from work and party ‘til your heart is content. Another thing is to take this day to reflect and remember the ones that have fallen in combat in the most resent of conflicts. I have a son in the Marines who will most likely join the forces in Iraq anytime soon. I prey that my next Memorial Day is not pay tribute to him or any other. My respect goes to those families whose brother, sister, husband, wife, dad, mom, uncle, aunt, etc have paid the ultimate price for being one of the world’s finest.

Semper Fi,
Cpl USMC 83-87

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Por (Rebecca Mansbach) on May 30, 2006 (Suggest removal)

To all the great men and women who serve our country well , I salute you.My boyfriend is a Naval Corpsman,and in the not too distant future he will be called to duty to serve our country, I pray for his safe return so as not to put him on the list of men and women we pray for giving thier lives for he has already served in the USMC.

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Por (Frank and Maxine Powell) on May 31, 2006 (Suggest removal)

We can never thank you enough.  God’s blessing on each and every one of you.

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Por (SSG Lee Highsmith) on June 03, 2006 (Suggest removal)

I can not express how sorry I am for your families sacrifice. Please remember they were doing a good thing here as well as in Iraq. God bless you all.

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Por (Jerry Figueroa) on June 07, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Keep in your heart the ones who have given before you. Keep in your hearts those who are. Never take for granted the freedoms you enjoy. We remember, We will never forget. We honor you.
Jerry Figueroa (Riverview,Fl. born and raised)
Cpl USMC 89-93

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Por (Ronald E. Mott) on June 09, 2006 (Suggest removal)

My prayers go out to all the families who as lost there love one. I do thank you and them for my Freedom. May God bless You and help you though all of this.  Ronnie

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Por (Mark Geuy) on July 31, 2006 (Suggest removal)

Mark Geuy of Murrieta - I just want to say that I support all the troops who are in Iraq and that everybody should also honor those who have passed away during there service for our country.

The are the brave heros who are out there confronting the enemey day in and day out, and that is why they are called heros.

Thank you

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Por (Jon D. Petersen) on September 10, 2006 (Suggest removal)

My condolences to the family of our fallen soldiers and sailors.

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