A Fathers tribute

#1
The father of the latest British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan last night spoke of his immense admiration of his son’s courage.
The Para’s dad Daniel, from Tyneside, said: “I wish everyone to know just how extremely proud I am of my son Damien — of all he achieved in his lifetime and of the fact he died when duty called, protecting others in the service of his country.
RIP

the full story HERE
 
#4
The Para’s dad Daniel, from Tyneside, said: “I wish everyone to know just how extremely proud I am of my son Damien — of all he achieved in his lifetime and of the fact he died when duty called, protecting others in the service of his country.
RIP, a fitting and moving tribute.
 
#7
I put it on the blog with a poem an austrian Soldier once sent to me when someone close to me was killed in Iraq.

you can find the entry over here

This is the poem, the author is unknown, yet the poem fits perfectly:

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I haven’t,
because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
among the people here.

They never wanted me around,
except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
you’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets;
you’ve done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~
 
#11
TankersAngel said:
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I haven’t,
because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
among the people here.

They never wanted me around,
except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
you’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets;
you’ve done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~
superb

a fitting tribute
 
#12
After Glow

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.
 
#13
TankersAngel said:
I put it on the blog with a poem an austrian Soldier once sent to me when someone close to me was killed in Iraq.

you can find the entry over here

This is the poem, the author is unknown, yet the poem fits perfectly:

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I haven’t,
because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,
when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
among the people here.

They never wanted me around,
except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
you’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets;
you’ve done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~
Sgt. Joshua Helterbran
224th Engineer Battalion
 
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#17
IffleyRoad said:
Fine words from the chap's dad. Poor lad, Iraq, N.I. and Afghanistan all before the age of 20. R.I.P.

But I'll bet he did more in that short time than most do in thier entire lives and what he contributed to society inside those 20 yrs would shame some who will reach old age.
 
#19
Biscuits_AB said:
IffleyRoad said:
Fine words from the chap's dad. Poor lad, Iraq, N.I. and Afghanistan all before the age of 20. R.I.P.

But I'll bet he did more in that short time than most do in thier entire lives and what he contributed to society inside those 20 yrs would shame some who will reach old age.
Exactly, and that's the reasons us civilians should honor their lives and service. Even if it's just a handshake and a simple thank you.
 
#20
Biscuits_AB said:
But I'll bet he did more in that short time than most do in thier entire lives and what he contributed to society inside those 20 yrs would shame some who will reach old age.
True words, his father is justifiably proud.

Godspeed mate
 

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