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May 26, 2008


Tabitha Burress

I would like to thank you for spending time with my family during Rock the Universe. That is something my daughter will never forget.
I love this posting because I have the same feeling. Memorial Day did not mean near as much to me as it does now that it hit home. Richard was my husband and I believe he is watching over both his family and his fellow soldiers. He was a GREAT man and will never be forgotten.

Rose R

I always liked that quote, "America: Home of the free, Because of the Brave". As a military brat myself, it's always been a huge deal in our family.

God bless them each and every one. We pray for them, their families and children every day!

Joan Young

My family and my in-laws are all a Military family. So I stand with you. I may be an Aussie, but we are all on the same side: My Father In Law fought along side the USA in Vietnam.
God bless you.


I was given a song to give to you on the way home from Blockbuster. I am trusting the Spirit to send it on.

If He came today, would I be the pharisee or the samaritan?
If He came today, would I be the one stoning or the cheater being stoned?
If he came today, would I listen to the Spirit, would I see Him, would I hear Him?


Words for man to utter?
Words for God alone.

I will wait by seeing Jesus in my neighbor.
I will wait by showing Love to all.
I will wait by forgiving those who harm me.
I will wait by worshipping the Father.
Oh my Jesus- For you I will wait.

This is undone. Waiting to be done by you. You are the ones who are supposed to take it next. I wrote down the words on the back of Blockbuster coupons in my driveway. I teach history. I am not a writer.
God's Blessings.


For me, Memorial Day became real when I lost my Papa two years ago. He didn't die in service, but he sacrificed a LOT while in service. He was a Lt Col. and served in Vietnam, Korea, and WWII. He received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, among many other honors. His funeral was absolutely beautiful! They brought him in on horse-drawn carriage. He had been cremated, but they still had a casket draped with the American flag, to honor him. They gave him the 15-gun salute, and then presented my grandmother with the flag. So moving! Just being there experiencing that, and then looking out and seeing all the men and women who laid to rest there was definitely a life-changing experience!

God bless all the men and women who have served or are currently serving for our country!


My father and husband are veterans. My son is currently in Iraq and 2 years ago on this very weekend (May 29,2007) his Captain, James Funkhouser, and their translator Sam were killed in a road side bomb attack. This was the attack that killed Paul Douglas and James Brolan with CBS (Kimberly Dozier was seriously wounded also and has since done stories and now a book about this day). There were 18 people in the convoy and only 3 people were not hurt or killed. My son Scott was one of those 3 and yes I thank God for it daily. It is very real for me and I thank you Mark, Tai, David, Mac, Brad and Scotty for going to Iraq to encourage all of our soldiers. Thank you for caring and reminding us that this is not just a "day off" but we are to remember all who have served and are serving. Can I also say thank you for telling us the fallen soldier's name. So often we just see soldier...I will be praying for Richard's family too.


Mark... that definitely will be a humbling memory picture that you will never forget. For me... the Iraq war became real when I met two ladies while painting (I'm a artist) at the Beirut Memorial at Camp Lejeune, NC. They came up as I was painting there and was talking about my painting and the area... one said to me "my son is buried over there" motioning to the veterans cemetery adjacent to the memorial. For some reason... I only thought of old WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans being buried over there... the price of this war became REAL for me at that moment for these ladies were my age and their sons were the same age as my oldest child. A humbling wake-up call for me. Like yours... this event will forever be burned in my memory. I think Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young worded it perfectly... "Find the cost of freedom... buried in the ground"...

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