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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering ©

Sometimes we have to stop to remember that while we sleep in our warm beds there are those who surrender the safety of their families, homes and yes, even beds so that we can have the warmth and freedom we enjoy today.
For some they trade their cold beds for a even colder grave.
They have a thankless duty with their families as their only fans for a task few of us would take on.
We go on with our daily lives while they dance with the devil on some far off unfriendly land where others are trying to kill them for less money than some make back home doing something safe.

Men and women, mostly young who have yet to actually live a life put it all on t he line for people they don’t know and for some who hate them but yet they plod on down dusty roads laden with bombs ready to snatch away what life they have left.

I sat here today for 6 hours looking at the faces and reading what their last days on this earth were like and all were doing their duty to their country and mankind even for those that don’t deserve it.
They live our nightmares and fears for us.

Never let their silence go unheard.


























Sgt Prescott Shipway
Age: 36
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
Deceased: September 7, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Panjwayi District, Afghanistan



Corporal Andrew Paul Grenon
Age: 23
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
Deceased: September 3, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey district, Afghanistan



Corporal Michael James Alexander Seggie
Age: 21
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
Deceased: September 3, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey district, Afghanistan



Private Chadwick James Horn Age: 21
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
Deceased: September 3, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey district, Afghanistan


Sapper Stephan John Stock
Age: 25
Unit: 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER)
Deceased: August 20, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Zharey district, Afghanistan



Corporal Dustin Roy Robert Joseph Wasden
Age: 25
Unit: 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER)
Deceased: August 20, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Zharey district, Afghanistan



Sergeant Shawn Allen Eades
Age: 33
Unit: 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER)
Deceased: August 20, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Zharey district, Afghanistan



Master Cpl Erin Doyle
Age: 32
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton Alberta
Deceased: August 11, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Panjwayi District, Afghanistan



Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: August 9, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey District, Afghanistan.



Coporal James (Jim) Hayward Arnal
Age: 25
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: July 18, 2008
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Panjwayi District



Private Colin William Wilmot
Age: 24
Unit: 1 Field Ambulance, Edmonton (Alberta)
Deceased: July 5, 2008
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Panjwayi District,



Corporal Brendan Anthony Downey
Age: 37
Unit: Military Police Detachment in Dundurn, Saskatchewan
Deceased: July 4, 2008
Incident: Non combat related



Captain Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland Snyder
Age: 26
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta
Deceased: June 7, 2008
Incident: Accident, Zhari District, Afghanistan



Corporal Michael Starker
Age: 36
Unit: 15 (Edmonton) Field Ambulance, Calgary, Alberta
Deceased: May 6, 2008
Incident: Insurgent attack, Zharey District, Afghanistan



Private Terry John Street
Age: 24
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: April 4, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Panjwayi district, Afghanistan



Sergeant Jason Boyes
Age: 32
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: March 16, 2008
Incident: Explosive device, Panjwayi district, Afghanistan



Bombardier Jérémie Ouellet
Age: 22
Unit: 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: March 11, 2008
Incident: Non combat related



Trooper Michael Y. Hayakaze
Age: 25
Unit: Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Edmonton, Alberta
Deceased: March 2, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Panjwayi district, Afghanistan



Corporal Étienne Gonthier
Age: 21
Home Town:
Unit: 5 Combat Engineer Regiment, Valcartier, Québec
Deceased: January 23, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Panjwayi district, Afghanistan



Trooper Richard Renaud
Age: 26
Home Town: Alma, Quebec
Unit: 12e Régiment blindé du Canada, Valcartier, Quebec
Deceased: January 15, 2008
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Arghandab district, Afghanistan



Warrant Officer Hani Massouh
Age : 41
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Quebec
Deceased: January 6, 2008
Incident: Military vehicle rollover, Nalgham, Zhari District, Afghanistan



Corporal Éric Labbé
Age : 31
Home Town: Rimouski, Quebec
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Quebec
Deceased: January 6, 2008
Incident: Military vehicle rollover, Nalgham, Zhari District, Afghanistan



Gunner Jonathan Dion
Age: 27
Home Town: Gatineau, Quebec
Unit: 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada, Valcartier, Quebec
Deceased: December 30, 2007
Incident: Improvised explosive device, Zharey District, Afghanistan



Private Michel Jr. Lévesque
Age: 25
Home Town: Rivière-Rouge, Quebec
Unit: 3 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Quebec
Deceased: November 17, 2007
Incident: Improvised explosive device, near Ma’sum Ghar, Afghanistan



Corporal Nicolas R. Beauchamp
Age: 28
Home Town: Montréal, Quebec
Unit: 5 Field Ambulance, Valcartier, Quebec
Deceased: November 17, 2007
Incident: Improvised explosive device, near Ma’sum Ghar, Afghanistan



Corporal Nathan Hornburg
Age: 24
Home Town: Calgary, Alberta
Unit: The King’s Own Calgary Regiment, Alberta
Deceased: September 24, 2007
Incident: Mortar attack, Panjwayi District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistanv



Major Raymond Mark Ruckpaul
Age: 42
Home Town: Hamilton, Ontario
Unit: Armoured Corps, The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Deceased: August 29, 2007
Incident: Non-combat-related death, Kabul, Afghanistan



Master Corporal Christian Duchesne
Age: 34
Home Town: Montreal, Québec
Unit: 5th Field Ambulance, 5 Area Support Group, Valcartier, Québec
Deceased: August 22, 2007
Incident: Landmine, Afghanistan



Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier
Age: 43
Home Town: Weedon, Québec
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Québec
Deceased: August 22, 2007
Incident: Landmine, Afghanistan



Private Simon Longtin
Age: 23
Home Town: Longueuil, Québec
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Québec
Deceased: August 19, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Captain Jefferson Clifford Francis
Age: 37
Home Town: New Brunswick
Unit: 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Shilo, Manitoba
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Corporal Jordan Anderson
Age: 25
Home Town: Iqaluit, Nunavut
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Captain Matthew Johnathan Dawe
Age: 27
Home Town: Kingston, Ontario
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Master Corporal Colin Stuart Francis Bason
Age: 28
Home Town: Burnaby, British Columbia
Unit: The Royal Westminster Regiment, New Westminster, British Columbia
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Corporal Cole D. Bartsch
Age: 23
Home Town: Saskatchewan
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Private Lane William Thomas Watkins
Age: 20
Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: July 4, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Sergeant Christos Karigiannis
Age: 31
Home Town: Montréal, Québec
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: June 20, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Corporal Stephen Frederick Bouzane
Age: 26
Home Town: Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: June 20, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Private Joel Wiebe
Age: 22
Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: June 20, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device, Afghanistan



Trooper Darryl Caswell
Age: 25
Home Town: Bowmanville, Ontario
Unit: The Royal Canadian Dragoons (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: June 11, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb, Afghanistan



Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede
Age: 30
Home Town: Burlington, Ontario
Unit: Army News Team, 3 Area Support Group, Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
Deceased: May 30, 2007
Incident: U.S. Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan



Corporal Matthew McCully
Age: 25
Home Town: Orangeville, Ontario
Unit: 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron, Petawawa, Ontario
Deceased: May 25, 2007
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device



Master Corporal Anthony Klumpenhouwer
Age: 25
Home Town: Listowel, Ontario
Unit: Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
Deceased: April 18, 2007
Incident: Accident, non combat related



Master Corporal Allan Stewart
Age: 31
Home Town: Newcastle, New Brunswick
Unit: The Royal Canadian Dragoons (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: April 11, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Trooper Patrick James Pentland
Age: 23
Home Town: Geary, New Brunswick
Unit: The Royal Canadian Dragoons (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: April 11, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Sergeant Donald Lucas
Age: 31
Home Town: St-John's, Newfoundand and Labrador
Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Gagetown, New Brunswick)
Deceased: April 8, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Corporal Brent Donald Poland
Age: 37
Home Town: Sarnia, Ontario
Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Gagetown, New Brunswick)
Deceased: April 8, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Corporal Christopher Paul Stannix
Age: 24
Home Town: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Unit: Princess Louise Fusiliers (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Deceased: April 8, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Corporal Aaron Edward Williams
Age: 23
Home Town: Perth-Andover, New Brunswick
Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Gagetown, New Brunswick)
Deceased: April 8, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Private David Robert Greenslade
Age: 20
Home Town: Saint-John, New Brunswick
Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, (Gagetown, New Brunswick)
Deceased: April 8, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Private Kevin Vincent Kennedy
Age: 20
Home Town: St-John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Gagetown, New Brunswick)
Deceased: April 8, 2007
Incident: Roadside bomb



Corporal Kevin Megeney
Age: 25
Home Town: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) (Truro, Nova Scotia)
Deceased: March 6, 2007
Incident: Non combat related



Chief Warrant Officer Robert Girouard, CD
Age: 46
Home Town: Bouctouche, New Brunswick
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: November 27, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Corporal Albert Storm, CD
Age: 36
Home Town: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: November 27, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Sergeant Darcy Scott Tedford, CD
Age: 32
Home Town: Calgary, Alberta
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 14, 2006
Incident: Insurgent attack



Private Blake Neil Williamson
Age: 23
Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario.
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 14, 2006
Incident: Insurgent attack



Trooper Mark Andrew Wilson
Age: 39
Home town: London, Ontario
Unit: Royal Canadian Dragoons (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 7, 2006
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device (IED)



Sergeant Craig Paul Gillam, CD
Age: 40
Home town: South Branch, Newfoundland and Labrador
Unit: Royal Canadian Dragoons (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 3, 2006
Incident: Insurgent attack



Corporal Robert Thomas James Mitchell
Age: 32
Home town: Owen Sound, Ontario
Unit: Royal Canadian Dragoons (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 3, 2006
Incident: Insurgent attack



Private Josh Klukie
Age: 23
Home town: Shuniah, Ontario
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 29, 2006
Incident: Improvised Explosive Device (IED)



Corporal Glen Arnold, CD
Age: 32
Home Town: McKerrow, Ontario
Unit: 2 Field Ambulance (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 18, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Private David Byers
Age: 22
Home Town: Espanola, Ontario
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: September 18, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Corporal Shane Keating
Age: 30
Home Town: Dalmeny, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: September 18, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Corporal Keith Morley, CD
Age: 30
Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: September 18, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Private Mark Anthony Graham
Age: 33
Home Town: Hamilton, Ontario
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 4, 2006
Incident: Friendly fire incident



Private William Jonathan James Cushley
Age: 21
Home Town: Port Lambton, Ontario
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 3, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish, CD
Age: 38
Home Town: Truro, Nova Scotia
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 3, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Warrant Officer Richard Francis Nolan, CD
Age: 39
Home Town: Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 3rd, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Sergeant Shane Stachnik
Age: 30
Home Town: Waskatenau, Alberta
Unit: 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: September 3rd, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Corporal David Braun
Age: 27
Home Town: Raymore, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: August 22, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Corporal Andrew James Eykelenboom
Age: 23
Home Town: Comox, British Columbia
Unit: 1st Field Ambulance (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: August 11, 2006
Incident: Suicide bomber attack



Master Corporal Jeffrey Scott Walsh
Age: 33
Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: August 9, 2006
Incident: Shooting accident



Master Corporal Raymond Arndt
Age: 31
Home Town: Edson, Alberta
Unit: The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: August 5, 2006
Incident: Traffic accident



Private Kevin Dallaire
Age: 22
Home Town: Calgary, Alberta
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: August 3, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Sergeant Vaughan Ingram
Age: 35
Home Town: Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: August 3, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Corporal Bryce Jeffrey Keller
Age: 27
Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: August 3, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Corporal Christopher Jonathan Reid, CD
Age: 34
Home Town: Truro, Nova Scotia
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: August 3, 2006
Incident: Roadside bomb



Corporal Francisco Gomez, CD
Age: 44
Home town: Edmonton, Alberta
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: July 22, 2006
Incident: Suicide attack



Corporal Jason Patrick Warren
Age: 29
Home town: Quebec City, Quebec
Unit: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada (Montréal, Québec)
Deceased: July 22, 2006
Incident: Suicide attack



Corporal Anthony Joseph Boneca
Age: 21
Home Town: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Unit: Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
Deceased: July 9, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, MSM
Age: 26
Home Town: Calgary, Alberta
Unit: 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: May 17, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Corporal Matthew David James Dinning
Age: 23
Home Town: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Unit: 2 Military Police Platoon, Petawawa, Ontario
Deceased: April 22, 2006
Incident: Roadside bomb



Bombardier Myles Stanley John Mansell
Age: 25
Home Town: Victoria, British Columbia
Unit: 5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment (Victoria, British Columbia)
Deceased: April 22, 2006
Incident: Roadside bomb



Corporal Randy Payne
Age: 32
Home town: Gananoque, Ontario
Unit: 1 Garrison Military Police Company, Detachment Wainwright, Alberta
Deceased: April 22, 2006
Incident: Roadside bomb



Lieutenant William Turner
Age: 45
Home Town: Toronto, Ontario
Unit: Land Force Western Area Headquarters, Edmonton, Alberta (20th Field Artillery Regiment)
Deceased: April 22, 2006
Incident: Roadside bomb



Private Robert Costall
Age: 22
Home Town: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Unit: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: March 29, 2006
Incident: Ground offensive



Master Corporal Timothy Wilson
Age: 30
Home Town: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: March 5, 2006
Incident: LAV III traffic accident



Corporal Paul Davis
Age: 28
Home Town: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Shilo, Manitoba)
Deceased: March 2, 2006
Incident: LAV III traffic accident



Mr. Glyn Berry
Age: 59
Home Town: United Kingdom
Unit: Director, Foreign Affairs Canada
Deceased: January 15, 2006
Incident: Suicide attack



Private Braun Scott Woodfield
Age: 24
Home Town: Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia
Unit: 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (Oromocto, New Brunswick)
Deceased: November 24, 2005
Incident: LAV III traffic accident



Corporal Jamie Brendan Murphy
Age: 26
Home town: Conception Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
Unit: 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: January 27, 2004
Incident: Suicide attack



Corporal Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger
Age: 29
Home town: Ottawa, Ontario
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 2, 2003
Incident: Landmine explosion


Sergeant Robert Alan Short
Age: 42
Home town: Fredericton, New Brunswick
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment (Petawawa, Ontario)
Deceased: October 2, 2003
Incident: Landmine explosion



Corporal Ainsworth Dyer
Age: 24
Home town: Montréal, Québec
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: April 18, 2002
Incident: "Friendly fire" incident



Private Richard Green
Age: 21
Home town: Mill Cove, Nova Scotia
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: April 18, 2002
Incident: "Friendly fire" incident



Private Nathan Smith
Age: 26
Home Town: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
Unit: 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Edmonton, Alberta)
Deceased: April 18, 2002
Incident: "Friendly fire" incident



And the war rages on...............

Walker

40 comments:

Tammi said...

I watched an HBO special about the Doctors/Surgeons/emergency area over in Iraq and was just in tears seeing how EVERY single day there are soldiers brought in one right after another.It showed EVERYTHING! Guys were coming in with blowed off limbs because IED's.Shrattenel(spelling)embeaded in all parts of their bodies because of those IED's.
Ohh man.We have lost thousands of our guys over there and that sucks.I have 2 nephews over there and my sister is just on pins and needles all the time,as all of us are...praying that they both make it home safely.Praying that this death toll would stop period!

Tammi said...

Oh....very informative post,btw.
Thanks for taking the time to put these pix and info on here.

PBS said...

Stunning, and heart-breaking to see all those faces, you put a very human touch on this tragedy. I scrolled through and looked at every one, thinking of their loved ones left behind. Thanks for the tribune and the reminder of the sacrifice these brave people have made for us.

Fire Byrd said...

Reading this was similar to being at Tyne Cot, the biggest Commonwealth Cemetary in Europe.Situated just outside Ypres in Belgium.
In the memorial there is a film on a loop that just shows the picture and age of every serviceman who died in the battles in the area. all I could do was stare at it and cry. And that was for men who have now being dead 90 years.
Thank you for this horrendous post, it's a timely reminder that nothing has changed except the venue.

Romany Angel said...

Very poignant post Walker and those pictures just break your heart. All so young and cut down in the prime of their life. There are no victors in war, only victims.

TROLL said...

Good post. Disagree on "there are no victors in war". Some wars end with a decisive victory.

Walker said...

Tammi: War is pretty for those who come back in one piece but even for them the beauty of victory is doured by the u8gliness they have to carry in their minds for the rest of their lives.

Walker said...

PBS: I first thought of putting up the names but what are names but faceless words.
So I went through everyothing and got all the pictures to go with the WORDS.

These people deserve to have a face, to be someone not just names on a blog, paper or tombstone..
They earned that right and we owe it to them to remember who they are, what they look like and what they sacrificed.

Walker said...

Fire Byrd: As Canadians, Passendale, just outside Ypres we are reminded the bloody cost to Canadians when they were ordered to hold at all costs against a full out assault, out numbered and out gunned so our allies could storm the town while Canadian forces were being slaughtered.

Even though they were out numbered they niot only held but repelled they enemy and chased them back to Passendale and victory.
The road to this victory left 15,000 Canadian dead and wounded.

Walker said...

Romany Angel: It's the young that forfiet their youth for us to live free and grow old

Walker said...

TROLL: You're right there are victors when the guns go silent but when we sit back 63 years later and look at the map of the world the lines are back to what they were except for the young men and women who still sleep in the cold ground and in that sense there is no victory, only defeat.
We fight and sacrifice the youth of a generation to keep the status quo.

Megan said...

You made me cry.

celticgirl said...

Very powerful. Hubby's nephew leaves for basic training in January. I am scared shitless.
You are so right, we all need to remmber how it is that we have the fredom that we do.

celticgirl said...

Very powerful. Hubby's nephew leaves for basic training in January. I am scared shitless.
You are so right, we all need to remmber how it is that we have the fredom that we do.

Scarlet said...

You got me .... i'm a big 'ol blubbering mess.

itisi said...

This is a very, very touching post!
It gave me goosebumps.
What an awesome tribute you have made them and all soldiers who fight for our freedom!
Thank you, Walker!

Leah said...

A roll-call of names and faces for us to absorb--very intense to look at, a very poignant post, and thanks.

Monogram Queen said...

Wonderful tribute Walker, very touching. Now I am choked up! Thank you to all the vets who put their lives on the line for our freedoms. (and some gave all)

Suzanne said...

I agree, there are no victors in war. What an amazing post. I'm going to alert my friend in Aussie Land to take a look. Love you dear. Thank you.

XO

3 Magpies said...

Your diligent work here is a stark and glaring reminder of the true price of freedom... life after life after life after life... and the families and loved ones left behind... Lest we forget. Very nice. Thank you.

Just telling it like it is said...

Yes let there service never be forgotten....as their faces burned into my mind.. I am thankful and God bless their families!!!

mrhaney said...

thanks for that post my friend. it was very hard to watch t.v. yesterday and here about all the dead and wounded veterans. i can only watch so much of it and then i end up crying and then i look at mrsh. and she is crying. i think it is our duty to watch and never forget what they go through for all our freedoms. when i am doing some job or any thing i would rather not do i think of the men and women of ours on foreign soils fighting for us. then i ask myself, what are you complaining for.
take care my friend.

mrh.

Walker said...

Megan: We all cry for the young faces that will never grow old

Walker said...

celticgirl: I have lost one relative in Afganastan already and my friends newphew son of his sister is leaving on his third tour in a month.
Its not an eAsy thing to watch someone you care and love go off into a dangerous situation.

Walker said...

Scarlet: You;re just a softy :)

Walker said...

itisi: I thinmk the names mean nothing without the faces to those of us who didn't know them
The faces give them substance and recognition and some even remind us of someone we know

Walker said...

Leah: THe faces add reality the neames remind us that we are not of one rawce but of many who have come together to stand for whats right and pay that price for us

Walker said...

Monogram Queen: What got me is reading their names and ages.
So young such a waste of life.

Walker said...

Suzanne: War is a necessary evil that we fall into to stop tyranny.
The sad part is no one ever learns even after so many wars and so much blood is spilt

Walker said...

3 Magpies: The familioes carfry the heavies burdens in thier heart where a loving soul once occupied

Walker said...

Just telling it like it is: There is a river of smiling young faces to remember forever for their sacrifice

Walker said...

mrhaney: Its been a hard week watching some of the past coverage of battles and wars.
How young boys who have never been away friom home or even hurt someone or something being thrust into a world of hurt and death.
When will we learn t hat war has no joy for those who are vanquished or for those who hold their bitter sweet victory above the young soul who died to achieve it.

Just telling it like it is said...

They may never know but I care...
My dad was in Nam and a marine..
I say to all that have died, gotten hurts, and or family members that have made sacrifices Semper Fidalis... Always faithful
Truth
Honor
Faith...
and GOD..
Thank you, Thank you all for my free life!!

INNER VOICES said...

the pictures are so powerful... wow... great post.

A.B. said...

Wow - what a sobering and lovely post. We're all so very lucky.

Walker said...

Just telling it like it isWe all have to care.
Arganastan has already claimed one member of my family in the last year and there is one there now doing a one year tour.
My best friends nephew is preparing to go on his third tour and he isn't happy about it after what he saw in the previous two.
War is hell and it claims to many young souls.

Walker said...

INNER VOICES: I think pictures put soul to the name

Walker said...

A.B.: Yes it does and a face on what we offer the war gods as a sacrifice

Peter said...

A great tribute post Walker, its good to see that you were prepared to go to the extra trouble to get photos to go with the names of the heroes.

Walker said...

Peter: they go the extra distance for us so why not do as much in their honor