By: Lynda Davison | Date: Feb 13, 2014 |Lynda Davison
Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute to our nations finest. I'm so proud of all our military and their families. I was brought us as an Air Force brat and having this kind of background makes me so much more aware of what our military and their loved ones go through.
I lost friends during the Viet Nam war and saw a few of them come home with PTSD. I also have a son who was and A10 driver during Desert Shield and two tours of Afghanistan. He is now home safe and serving in the AF reserves. We are a so thankful for each one of you. I pray for our soldiers every day and will continue to do so. God Bless You for writing this and God Please Bless America! Lynda Davison
By: Heather | Date: Feb 10, 2014 |Heather
I am proposing this poem for my father to use at his funeral. He spent 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and more time in the Militia. If he decides to use this poem, I will ensure that Sgt. Joshua Helterbran gets credit as the writer of this lovely tribute to the men and women who have served to protect our freedoms.
By: Kelly Johnson | Date: Jan 9, 2014 |Kelly Johnson
I came upon this poem after seeing that it was read at a homeless veteran's funeral in Kansas. My dad is a Vietnam Veteran, and I can promise you, this poem will be saved and be read at his funeral one day! I dread that day to ever come, but it speaks so many truths. Thank you for your words of honesty, and THANK YOU for serving our country! I don't know that I have read a better poem before! God Bless you, sir!
By: Keith Bodine | Date: Dec 5, 2013 |Keith Bodine
Thank you for keeping the MIA issue alive. Every year another MIA is found and returned home. As long as the fires stay lit, the hope continues. God Bless for what you do.
By: BRAD BOOTH | Date: Dec 1, 2013 |BRAD BOOTH
I have learnt that there have many thousands of American, British, and others who were captured by the Germans in WW2. They were interned in German POW camps, which were eventually liberated by the Russian Army, who instead of releasing them so they could return to their lines,the prisoners were transported to Russia, where they remained for years. I thought we were Allies. I know that Stalin controlled the
Russian population with fear and what I heard, does not suprise me about what the Russuians did to these prisoners. The only good communist is a dead one. No doubt, there are still MIAs missing from the Korean and Vietnam campaigns. One Battalion here claims that there are 43 men are still listed as missing in action in the Korean Campaign.
I would not surprise me these men were in Russia
I personally blame President Truman for this fiasco. I also consider him the worst President of the Unites States of America.
Its a pity that General George S. Patton was stopped for advancing towards a nation,which we saved from annilhation from the Germans.
We never learn. We also saved the Chinese from annilhation from the Japanese and today, I consider those two countries our biggest enimies
By: Val Roney | Date: Nov 11, 2013 |Val Roney
We watched the movie "Capt. Phillips" and he started to sob. I figured it was PTSD because he's not an emotional sort but it was at that part of the show where the Capt is rescued by the Navy Seals. He told me after the movie was out that it reminded him of being returned to American lines by US Army soldiers after losing his glasses to shrapnel and getting lost, blindly headed over enemy lines. He was 1 of 90 survivors of Pork Chop Hill in the Korean War and was so busy being a soldier, he never took time to grieve - unless it was a war movie or "Capt. Phillips". He's such an 82 year old tough, strong, honorable man and now has become his time to feel and to grieve. I'm his 42 year companion and I'm staying 'til the end.
By: Kathy Fox | Date: Oct 31, 2013 |Kathy Fox
My friend wrote this poem under notes on his Facebook page. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, before that he was an undercover narcotics officer and he was also Mormon. This poem meant a lot to him and it would later come to mean a lot to all his friends when he passed away 2 yr's and 8 mo's to the day he posted this poem. You men and women who serve our country are often conflicted between your job and service to God. But you shouldn't be. This poem states that message so clearly, you all will walk among the Angels in Heaven, the ones who served with dignity and pride and never raided or pilgrimaged people that your jobs didn't require of you. Bless you Joshua for writing a poem that would bring even those of us who didn't serve peace when we lost dear friends and family in war.
Thank You will never be enough for your words and your service.
But Thank you is all I have to give.
By: GSgt. Cabezas | Date: Oct 8, 2013 |GSgt. Cabezas
An inspiration to the reason I live my life everyday for my brothers and sisters here and gone, you will never be forgotten, SEMPER FI.
By: Jakub | Date: Oct 3, 2013 |Jakub
Like always, this poem is also great work! Good Job!
By: Shrikrishna.M.Chebbi | Date: Oct 1, 2013 |Shrikrishna.M.Chebbi
Large numbers of my family served Indian Army in WW II. Many laid down their lives. Among the servivors
Gen Bewoor later Chief of Army staff. I am simply moved by its theme. God bless them all.
By: John Somerville | Date: Sep 28, 2013 |John Somerville
I served 9 years in H.M.A.F(Army)1 and half years boy soldier 7 and a half years as regular in the now defunked 1st Battalion of the Queens Own Highlanders 72-81.I would just love to say that not only is this a powerful and truly magneficent tribute to those fallen heroes from all over the world who have served and died to protect those who are alive today.I was watching an episode of extreme makeover home edition of a master sergeant who lost his leg in Iraq this poem you wrote is above his bed thank you for those strong and meaningfull words i salute the fallen,i raise my glass to them slange ,..
By: Dawn Sullivan | Date: Sep 22, 2013 |Dawn Sullivan
My uncle, who served faithfully in the Army, passed away 22 Sep 2013. His funeral will be held this weekend and I would be grateful if I can put this poem on his obituary. Thank you for serving our country, God Bless you.
By: Ravindra Madhukar Ghuge | Date: Sep 18, 2013 |Ravindra Madhukar Ghuge
Really impressive and quite inspiring. I am deeply moved by this poem. I am from India.I Salute him & his family.
By: Gregory Mouser | Date: Sep 17, 2013 |Gregory Mouser
Oh My That Poem Says It All I want to take this time to personally Thank You Sgt. Joshua for your Service, This Poem, and this webpage for folks to check in and read it. see the other entries on this message book...and Thank my Marine Friend Ronald Cleavenger for sharing this poem via email....Bless All Of Our Veterans Whom Have Served in previous wars, conflicts....G
By: Leslie Kendle | Date: Aug 5, 2013 |Leslie Kendle
We had this poem on my Dad's funeral cards. He served in the USMC for 11 1/2 years. He served in WWII and Korea. He also was stationed at the American Embassy in Calcutta, India and was part of the Honor Guard aboard the Freedom train.
By: David Shipley | Date: Jul 29, 2013 |David Shipley
God bless you Soldier Joshua, all of us that have been there know our pain in silence thank you, for providing your words, and oh in today’s world we need your inspiration. David Shipley, Mobile Riverine Force, Task Force – 117, River Assault Division 111, Alpha 5, Dong Tam, Vietnam 1968, 1969, 1970
By: Peggy Kapanui | Date: Jul 21, 2013 |Peggy Kapanui
Thank you for your words and your service to our country
By: robert vann wilson | Date: Jun 12, 2013 |robert vann wilson
we all have been lied to in one way or the other I was with 1st bn 9th delta co marines jan68-69+ even to day I have a hard time accepting the facts that out that most of our wars wewe unconstitunal starts by lies for the benefit of the fatcats/bankers/coperations/politicans war profiteers I lost a lot of marines still proud of them i'm 140% probally going higher soon but war si for the rich to get richer and the poor die the vets have to take what scraps the gov/nation allowes them to have while the politicans are treated like royality(check out the smedly butler society) it used to be for god,country corps but no more our gov has become so corrupt the next hill we need to take is captol hill we owe it to our founding fathers and for future generations not to loose our freedom and liberties guaranteed by the constitution/bill of rights
By: Don Dalton | Date: Jun 2, 2013 |Don Dalton
It's a poem but only one who "has been there" knows its true meaning. It shows that there is more than wearing a uniform. Ret. USAF.

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