asking a favor

I'd like to ask everyone here to raise a glass for my father-in-law Garth A. Vest who passed this afternoon. Garth served in the Marine Corps from Feb 1944 thru March 1947. While serving with the 26th Marine Regiment he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart while seeing service in the Pacific theater during World War II. As I was the only thing he had as a son and this would mean a lot to me.


may Garth be with you always
Hope he liked football/soccer as I'll raise a glass during the Champions League matches this evening.


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RIP Garth.

I'll be having a drink not for you but with you, as I'm damned sure you'll have found the bar by now.

Cheers !
I was recently shown this poem by Lawrence Vaincourt. It moved me a lot. I hope you dont mind me posting it here Bean, it just seems appropriate:


He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast
and he sat around the legion, telling stories of the past
of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
in his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes every one.

And though sometimes, to his neighbours, his tales became a joke,
all his legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll here his tales no longer for old Bill has past away,
and the worlds a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
for he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
and the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
while thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young, but the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
a guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in time of war and strife,
goes off to serve his country and offers up his life?

A politicians stipend and the style in which he lives
are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offerred up his all,
is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

Its so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our country went to battle, but we know
it was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us that freedom that our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
would you want a politician with his ever shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
his home, his kin and country and would fight untill the end?

He was just a simple soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
but his presence should remind us when we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldiers part
is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honour while he's here to hear the praise,
then at least lets give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Garth, RIP and save me a seat in Valhalla.
A poem read and a glass raised.

Cheers Garth, the next one is on you bud!
My condolences for your loss, Bean. This planet is indeed poorer today at his death. May God welcome him with open and loving arms.

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