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No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Calvin Coolidge





I stare into the sky and see,
the beautiful colors Red, White, and Blue.
Waving in the air so brightly,
a symbol of freedom that can stand tall and proud.

The beautiful design and colors,
remind me of the men who fought so bravely.
If only more people could think of this beauty,
more as a symbol of peace and heart.
Few people can stare into the sky and think of the soldiers.
Can You?

I see men, women, and children gather round.
They looked into the air as I do, amazed.
Knowing this is a symbol not just a piece of cloth.
Respect it, they respect the soldiers,
they respect you and I.

Liberty is held within the soul of that cloth.
Men who fought and died in wars looked at it,
They hoped someday it would be,
our countries symbol of freedom.
The men who live today hope men respect it.
For they have earned it for our country.

You look into the sky,
Do you see a symbol or a piece of cloth?

Put your hand over your heart.
Brave men earned you the Red, White, and Blue.
Honor,
the Flag.

MAS

To Dar (grandpa) with all our love










Sleep Gently, Dear Soldier

Sleep gently, Dear Soldier
The battle has been won.
May you find the peace you fought for.
In the calm of the setting sun.
May the moon and stars and winds and rain
a silent vigil keep.
And in the hush of twilight, may you rest
in peaceful sleep.

The roar of gun and canon
Have been silenced, Thanks to you
A hush has fallen o'er the dew.
And while we struggle still for peace
Dear Soldier, do you know
Old Glory soars because of you
and we thank you for it so.

Now you are safe with Him, Above a hero gallant, True.
So lay your head upon His breast.
And Rest - Dear Soldier - Do.

Author Unknown
(Found in the halls of the VA Medical Center
Newington, CT)


* By Candlelight *





Compositions By
Bruce DeBoer







To My Dad
In all the rushing to and fro
We seldom get to say
What in our hearts, we feel
So I, say it here today

That you are loved and cherished
And cared for more each day
None can never take your place
Or love me in your way.


Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern
Compaign Medal
S/Sgt. Herbert E. Sharkey

November 25, 1924
to
November 24, 2004
WWII Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII
French Croix de Guerre Citation



World War II
Nantes, France
"BLACK PANTHERS"
Company K, 263d Infantry
1944






You Are Never Forgotten
A Prayer To Peter

Let them in Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May there peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die
Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands not golden harps
To these our boys
Let them love Peter
For they've had no time
They should have bird songs and trees
And hills to climb
The taste of summer
And a ripened pear
And girls sweet as meadow wind
And flowing hair
And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It's gonna be all right
With us down here

Edwin McCain











"A Day Of Infamy"
September 11, 2001
We Shall Never Forget

Photo Credit:
Thomas E. Franklin,
Staff Photographer.


Through rising smoke the giants fell
To twisted burning steel
We sat and watched with tearing eyes
It seemed untrue, surreal
We have all been hurt so deep inside
No way to measure cost
And through the days our hearts have cried
Just thinking of the lost.
The world is sharing in our grief
And suffering in our pain
Each hour turns another day
Seems many lost in vain
The flames are lit the flowers laid
In honor of the dead
And through it all the world as one
Each day is stronger spread
I reach my heart to all the world
And share with them my grief
I pour my words upon this page
Although they may sound brief
My life has changed as many have
The future holds unsure
I know we will arise from this
With strength and truth so pure
All will grieve for those we lost
Yet my hope will never sway
For this I pledge my heart and soul
Each minute, each hour, each day.

JNW
9/16/01







"We Will Not Fail"
God Bless The Coalition
October 7, 2001


If you are a veteran, Thank You!
If you are not, please remember to honor
those who serve today and those who have
served and died to preserve our freedom.
God Bless America!





In Memory of the Crew
of the Space Shuttle Columbia
February 1, 2003






Lord,
hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families
for the selfless acts they perform
for us in our time of need.
I ask this in the name of Jesus,
our Lord and Savior.
Amen.





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