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5 Quotes to Honor our Fallen Soldiers – Remembering Ethan Barclay-Weberpal

Sometimes there are no words to express how we feel when one of our own dies. It’s hard. We recently lost one of our hometown Soldiers to a senseless act of violence. Yes, Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was killed Jan. 16 at Camp Pendleton was from Janesville, WI. Our city mourns him. It’s not right. He just graduated boot camp and was killed by a fellow Marine. Stabbed to death by a peer. He was a Marine. What happened to Semper Fidelis?

“Semper Fidelis” or “Semper Fi” signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to “Corps and country,” and to their fellow Marines. It means “always faithful” and it’s the Motto of the Marine Corps. What happened?

Not much is being released in the News, just that the other Marine was arrested.  I didn’t know Ethan, but my friend did.  I can’t imagine the pain that Ethan’s family is going through. It is so wrong.

According to USMClife.com:

Messages also came from Marines who knew the private first class, “saying what a great guy he was, sharing pictures, offering to help in any way they can while they are hurting themselves,” Casey said.

One of those Marines described Ethan as an “amazing” young man who brought a smile to everyone who knew him, and one of the few who continued to go to church.

The Marine said the pastor once invited anyone who knew the songs to lead them, and Ethan knew all the words.

“He led a lot of people to God,” Casey said.

“Those are messages that make you say, …” Scott said, hesitating.

“They make you ask why,” Casey said, finishing the thought.

Dear Lord, comfort Ethan’s family and friends. Flood them with your love and your comfort. And bring justice to this situation, in Jesus Name!

You can donate to Ethan’s family here:

https://www.gofundme.com/marine-pfc-ethan-barclay-weberpal

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5 Quotes to Remember Our Fallen Soldiers

  1.  “We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” – James A. Garfield
  2.  “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” H. Norman Schwarzkopf
  3.  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
  4.  “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” Joseph Rodman Drake
  5.  “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

 

 

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14 Memorial Day Quotes from Our Soldiers and Presidents

We remember our fallen heroes. Those who have died to give us our freedom. We honor you. We thank you. We are free today because of your sacrifice. Freedom is never free -there is always blood involved.

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14 Memorial Day Quotes from Our Soldiers and Presidents

  1. “If I do not [return], my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, nor that, when my last breath escapes me on the battle-field, it will whisper your name. ” ­― Major Sullivan Ballou
  2. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” –― President Harry S. Truman
  3. “They didn’t want to go to war, they didn’t want to leave their families, but when their country asked them to, they did, because they thought it was the right thing to do.” ― Norman Schwarzkopf
  4. “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – President Ronald Reagan
  5. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – President John F. Kennedy
  6. “For love of country they accepted death.” — James A. Garfield
  7. “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” — Barack Obama
  8. “The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” ― George S. Patton Jr.
  9. ““True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.” ― Norman Schwarzkopf
  10. “Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.” — George H. W. Bush
  11. “They do not need our praise. They do not need that our admiration should sustain them. There is no immortality that is safer than theirs. We come not for their sakes but for our own, in order that we may drink at the same springs of inspiration from which they themselves drank.” — Woodrow Wilson
  12. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  13. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – President Thomas Jefferson
  14. “Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice.” — George W. Bush

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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due – 10 Armed Forces Day Quotes

So many people forget. They gloss it over like it never happened. Oh yeah, “Happy Armed Forces Day.” like it is a party. Men and women have died so that we have freedom. I am weary of people taking our Military for granted. They go on with their little lives doing whatever they want with no sacrifice for anyone. We have become so selfish my friends.

Let us give honor where honor is due – to our Veterans.   Some have lived to tell about it. Some have not. They all sacrificed their freedom so you could have yours. The ground is crying out with their blood. Do you hear it? Let us not take their sacrifice lightly. There are families without fathers and mothers and sons and daughters. They paid the price.

Forgive us Lord, for not honoring our heroes. Those who have sacrificed their time, their lives, their families, and their agenda so we may remain free.  Protect them Lord, in Jesus Name.

Thank you to all the Veterans I know – I appreciate your service. I am grateful you served and protected me and my family and our country. I don’t know how you did what you did. All the stories you share with me give me such respect for you. Such a sacrifice you made for our freedom. We live in the land of liberty because of what you did. God bless you abundantly and keep you and your families safe. May the Lord multiply his grace and mercy and provision to you and yours for now and evermore, in Jesus Name.

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10 Quotes for Armed Forces Day

  1. “Freedom is never free. ” – Author Unknown
  2. “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he–the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine–who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail.” – Admiral Forrest P. Sherman
  3. “It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  4. “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” – President John F. Kennedy
  5. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
  6. “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A Veteran doesn’t have that problem.” – Ronald Regan
  7.  “Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause – honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.” – President Abraham Lincoln
  8. “Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” – General MacArthur
  9. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -General Dwight D. Eisenhower
  10. “The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. ” – Thomas Campbell

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American Patriotic Quotes for Fourth of July

  • “I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

 

  • “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”― John F. Kennedy

 

  • “What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.” ― Henry Ford II

 

  • “Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” ― Calvin Coolidge

 

  • “…Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.
    He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.
    He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.
    He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.
    He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.
    …He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.
    If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, food. He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
    He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
    He can save your life-or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.
    He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to “square-away” those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.
    …Just as did his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over two hundred years.
    He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
    Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
    And now we have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to war when our nation calls us to do so.
    As you go to bed tonight, remember this. A short lull, a little shade, and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.” ― Sarah Palin, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

 

  • “America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.” ― Herbert Hoover

 

  • “A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

 

MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE
“My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father’s God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.”
― Samuel Francis Smith

Memorial Day Playlist to Honor Fallen Soldiers

Music has a way to heal body, soul, and spirit. Here are a few of my favorite Memorial Day Tribute Songs for today. We remember you.

Memorial Day Playlist

  • ARLINGTON by Trace Adkins

 

  • SOME GAVE ALL by Trace Adkins

 

  • IF I DIE YOUNG by The Band Perry

 

 

  • IF YOU’RE READING THIS by Tim McGraw

 

  • WHEN I’M GONE by 3 Doors Down

 

  • TILL THE LAST SHOTS FIRED by Trace Atkins

 

  • IF I DON’T MAKE IT BACK by Tracey Lawrence

 

  • IN THE ARMS OF AN ANGEL by Sarah McLachlan

 

  • I WILL REMEMBER YOU by Sarah McLachlan

 

  • AMAZING GRACE – Fallen Heros

 

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12 Memorial Day Quotes on War and Peace

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  1. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

  2. “We make war that we may live in peace.”― Aristotle

  3. “Ask not what your country can do for you– ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

  4. “What we do with this peace–whether we preserve it and defend it, or whether we lose it and let it slip away–will be the measure of our worthiness of the spirit and sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives in two World Wars, Korea, and in Vietnam.” – Ricahrd Nixon

  5. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington

  6. “I believe that soldiers will bear me out in saying that both come in time of battle. I take it that the moral courage comes in going into the battle, and the physical courage in staying in.” – Woodrow Wilson

  7. “Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice.” – George Bush

  8. “They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  9. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – President Thomas Jefferson

  10. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  11. “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – President Ronald Reagan

  12. “Peace does not come just because we wish for it. Peace must be fought for. It must be built stone by stone.” – Lyndon Johnson

 

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We remember you my friends. We remember your sacrifice and your honor. Your spirit lives on in our hearts. You fought for us, for our peace and protection. Thank you. God bless you and your family this Memorial Day and always. You are not forgotten.

50,000 Names

by George Jones

There are teddy bears and high school rings
And old photographs that mamas bring
That daddies with their young boys, playin’ ball

There’s combat boots that he used to wear
When he was sent over there
There’s 50,000 names carved in the wall

There’s cigarettes and there’s cans of beer
And notes that say, I miss you dear
And children, who don’t say anything at all

There’s purple hearts and packs of gum
Fatherless daughters and fatherless sons
And there’s 50,000 names carved in the wall

They come from all across this land
In pickup trucks and mini vans
Searching for a boy from long ago

They scan the wall and find his name
The teardrops fall like pouring rain
And silently they leave a gift and go

There’s stars of David and rosary beads
And crucifixion figurines
And flowers of all colors large and small

There’s a boy scout badge and a merit pin
Little American flags waving in the wind
And there’s 50,000 names carved in the wall
There’s 50,000 names carved in the wall

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Quotes for Fallen Soldiers

We refer to them as fallen soldiers – those who have died in service to their country.  But really they are our heros. They loved not their life unto death but gave it up for honor and service to their fellow man/woman. The unsung heros who show us what love looks like and what true honor and bravery is.  God bless them Lord, as they dance with the Angels tonight in Heaven with You.

 

Quotes for Fallen Soldiers

 

  1. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. – John F Kennedy
  2. “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham
  3. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill
  4. “For love of country, they accepted death.” – President James A. Garfield
  5. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
  6. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – President Harry S. Truman
  7. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell
  8. “And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  9. “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe
  10. “That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.” – Lise Hand
  11. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

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“Fallen Soldier”  by Nathan Fair

The medal that his dad gave him
Tucked away in his duffle bag
He said don’t wory about a thing, Paps
You’ll be gettin’ this when I’ll get back

Walkin’ down the road
Through the city on a routine patrol
Shots rang out and he hits the ground
Sergeant yells “Man down”

This is for the ones who ain’t comin’ back
Who fought for their country in Iraq
And they left their families at home
To come over here and die alone

I carried his coffin onto the plane
And gave a salute as they read off his name
We packed away that duffle bag
And the Silver Star that he got from his dad

There was one old men when we got off the plane
With no one there for him to greet
But the whole damn company shook his hand
We were brothers to the son he will never see

This is for the ones who ain’t comin’ back
Who fought for their country in Iraq
And they left their families at home
To come over here and die alone

This is for the ones who ain’t comin’ back
Who fought for their country in Iraq
And they left their families at home
To come over here and die alone

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Stay At Home Soldier

I cannot imagine what it feels like to be the one who stays home while your husband/wife/son/daughter goes overseas to fight the battle. My husband served and my father in law served in our Armed Forces way before I knew either one.  I also have a friend with a daughter and son-in-law that just flew overseas to serve.  My heart goes out to all military families. Lets pray together for them all today – both those serving our country and those who are left waiting and praying. Intercede for Military Families today.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men. (Psalm 59:1-2 NKJV)

Prayer for Military Families

Today we honor our soldiers and their families. Thank you, there are no words to say how much we respect you. You show us what heroes look like. So we offer our prayers and our praises up to God as incense for you  today.

Dear Lord,

We ask you to watch over our soldiers. Cover them in the shadow of your wings and keep them safe. Give them Divine Wisdom and Protection in the face of the enemy. Let no harm come to them or to their families. We thank you Lord for their willing hearts, and ask you to intervene in their lives today and in the lives of their families. Cover them with Divine Grace and abundant Mercy as only You can. Flood them with  supernatural strength and comfort as only You can. Let them sense your presence Lord in a new way. Go before them and direct their steps. Let them hear You singing over them. Let them know that You are still the great I AM and you still protect and deliver your people today.   And Lord, bring our soldiers home safely, in Jesus Name we pray.

Sometimes you hear a song that just stops you in your tracks. I was working out yesterday and heard this one. I had to share it with you today.

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Psalm 91 – The Soldiers Prayer

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Quotes to Remember Our Fallen Heroes

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We remember you, the fallen, the ones who gave their lives for our freedom.   You are not forgotten. Your love lives on in our hearts.  We cherish the time we had with you. Memories so sweet. And always, we love you.

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12 Inspiring Quotes for Our Brave Soldiers and Fallen Heros

To all of our soldiers and fallen Heros – we remember you!

 

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12 Inspiring Quotes for our Brave Soldiers and Fallen Heroes

  1. “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  2. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”—Joseph Campbell
  3. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us”. —Winston Churchill”Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always…

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12 Inspiring Quotes for Our Brave Soldiers and Fallen Heros

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12 Inspiring Quotes for our Brave Soldiers and Fallen Heroes

  1. “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  2. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”—Joseph Campbell
  3. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us”. —Winston Churchill
  4. “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. ” It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
  6. “Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” —Douglas MacArthur
  7. “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” —Patrick Henry
  8. “Live for something rather than die for nothing.” —George Patton
  9. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  10. The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” —George S. Patton Jr
  11. “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham
  12. The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”– Douglas MacArthur

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Loaded M16s for enemy pursuit

Defending freedom

Standing for truth

Honoring the code to protect

Fighting a war with

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Paying a debt they never owed

God bring our soldiers safely home

 

 

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