Monthly Archives: May 2013

Memorial Day

It is currently 3am on the 27th as I write this and for everyone back home it is still the 26th of May.

I am posting this to share a common trait in fellow service members. We joined for various reasons and we knew what could happen if we did join, but here we are over 10 years after September 11, with many stories both good and bad. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to serve and wear the same uniform as some of these people. I think that many people forget why we have Memorial Day. “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish”
 
Here is a couple pictures that I want to share with y’all, this is what he wrote to be read at his funeral.
 
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To close this out, here is my favorite poem by Chief Tecumseh

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and Demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and Its purpose in the service of your people.

 

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, Even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and Bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and For the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, The fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

 

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts Are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes

They weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again In a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

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Pictures of my European adventure

These are a few of the pictures that I took while in Europe.

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I have finally completed my European adventure and I cannot express the amount of satisfaction that I received from completing this milestone in my life. Before I took this trip I was beyond scared, I would rather jump out of a building or helicopter than take a trip by myself to some foreign land, which is a bit ironic considering my situation. I have learned so much about myself from this trip and that alone made it worth it.
I had the privilege to visit the American cemetery in Normandy, France and I am glad that I was able to see it with my own eyes. I pale in comparison to what these men died and I am forever grateful. I saw this quote inside the chapel and I love it,

I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish

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European Adventures

I have been granted a brief vacation from this hell hole. I smell the polluted air as I am being taken to the airport. With each breathe I take I know that it will be bitter sweet. The biggest problem that I have with leave is the fact that no matter how good the trip is, all your hopes and dreams come crashing down with each mile that your return flight takes.

This is my first trip alone, and surprisingly I was scared. I think that it’s a bit strange how I would rather repel out of helicopters than take a trip by myself. This will be a test in not only on how I transition from a deployed environment to civilization but to also gauge how I interact with a variety of cultures. I had a feeling that I would be judged by my profession and government not who I am. I can’t help the fact that I stepped up and served my country. Surprisingly all my fears have been non existent thanks to the group of people that I have met here so far. Our group last night consisted of people from Ireland, Austria, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, France, and the USA. I think that this was the real life United Nations at work, everyone had their differences, but we had the time of our lives.

I will try to update this every day to write about what I’ve seen or experienced.

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