Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I was pretty amazed at the hype over Michael Jacksons death then memorial. A friend sent me a post from another it is:
With no disrespect intended to the Jackson family, this sure does reveal the shallowness of our value system in this country.
This puts things into perspective:While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how- many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days. Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.
These American military members died in Iraq this month:
Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
Specialist Christopher M. Kurth
Specialist Charles D. Parrish
Lance Corporal Robert D. Ulmer
Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo
Sergeant Joshua W. Soto
Captain Kafele H. Sims
Specialist Chancellor A. Keesling

And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:
Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.
Specialist Munguia Rivas, Rodrigo A.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.
1st Sergeant Blair, John D.Sergeant Smith, Paul G.
Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua
Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.
Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.
Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr., Ricky L.
Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.
Lance Corporal Whittle, Joshua R.
Major Barnes, Rocco M.
Major Jenrette, Kevin M.
Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.
Specialist Jordan, Jeffrey W.
Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P.
Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.
Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.
Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.
Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.
Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.

Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting our Freedom and Liberty
This came from Captain Jake Cutter.....all I can do is stand up and salute these brave soldiers who have laid down their lives so we can live free. Thank you


Joni said...

I really like the new blog design! Now if I could figure out how to be so creative...

I haven't read all your new posts, but the few I have read were very thought-provoking.

I especially identify with your previous post re: those who want help but don't want to help themselves. It is one reason I am so proud to be from the Greensburg, KS, area. Those people have the "roll up our sleeves and get to work" mentality, too. My niece was among several who worked with Mennonite Housing to build homes for themselves and others. After working a full day at her regular job, she would put in a multitude of hours every evening and weekend, learning to do just about anything you can imagine that is required in building a home!

And her home means much more to her than it would if someone else just did it for her!

Sheepdog said...

Thank you for posting this! You are right on!

A number of our Canadian soldiers have died, too.

These people give so very much, day after day after day. And some of them give everything.

You might be interested in these videos:

And we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that war is something that happens someplace else far away from here:

Thanks for letting me comment.

Joni said...

And so...where is the new blog post???? :o)