Monday, May 30, 2016

Today We Honor Our Best


Always on this day I remember my best friend, Bill, growing up.
I posted that story HERE. It is very near and dear to my heart. 

Below is a special shot of the Vietnam War Memorial.
My Friend Bill Mercer is on this Wall, and this is why The Wall 
has so much meaning to me.


I was one of the lucky ones, and for that I am truly grateful.

Bless all that have given everything. 

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18 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

Bill is in the arms of God guarding the gates of Heaven. May he rest in peace.

I join you in your sorrow and remembrance of him and all the forever young who paid the price of our freedom.

Thank you for your service my friend. I stand with you for the ideals for which Bill and others lived and died.

God bless you.

sig94 said...

It will be a terrible, terrible shame that the sacrifices of so many thousands of Americans will be in vain if we fail to teach the next generation what these lives mean to our country, our way of life, our freedom.

It only took a single generation for the children of Israel to fall back into idolatry. The generation that God brought out of Egypt with such power failed to pass this appreciation on to their children. A single generation and they went right back to worshiping idols again.

Thank you Odie for honoring the memory of your friend and all those who have served and still serve with him.

Sandee said...

Many didn't make it back during that war. So many didn't. God bless them and their families.

Have a blessed day my friend. ☺

edutcher said...

We all have a couple of names there.

Thanks for remembering.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Curmudgeon, This day is to celebrate those who gave all for us. God Bless Them All.

God Bless You Too.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Sig94, God Bless All of Them.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Sandee, today is their special day.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

edutcher, I'm afraid you're right.

trailbee said...

We have lost so many people and are losing more each day after our soldiers return to an ungrateful, cold, divided Nation. Thanks for the post.

Jim said...

Although, my 20 years in the USAF was partially during the time in Vietnam, I never was required to go. My older brother though, a Marine came home with 3 purple hearts and though he didn't die in 'Nam, it is what eventually took his life. He was never able to escape the horrors he witnessed and do to his lifestyle afterwards died at the age of 43. His name is not on the wall, but in my opinion should be.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Trailbee, We'll do all we can. God bless those who have fallen.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Jim, A heart felt thank you to your brother ... Ooh-Rah!

Brig said...

I've lost so many friends to wars. I miss them, honor them, remember them.

Allen said...

my dad, who passed in 2009 from cancer related to agent orange...went to the wall with me back about 2004. he couldn't go near it. same with arlington. too many memories, he said.

at the wall there were guys there his age to talk to him and tell him it was ok, he didn't have to go, and they understood why. I always wanted to thank those guys. the found out where he was, and reminded him of the good things that were there. put a smile on his face, instead of the panic that was there a few minutes before.

at the entrance to arlington there is the Seabee Memorial. one of my favorite pictures of my dad is standing in front of that. that's as close as he would go to the cemetery though.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Brig, yes it's what we do.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Allen, Sounds like he did a great job raising you.

GruntOfMonteCristo said...

Thanks for this, Odie. Outstanding.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Grunt, You are welcome, Sir!