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The Long Way Home June 15, 2012

 

 

“When a Soldier deploys to wherever he/she is going, it is a fairly quick trip. A couple buses, a couple flights, maybe a layover. The trip home in a lot of cases isn’t so fast. When a soldier comes back, sometimes it takes a while for that person to fully come home. In June I will be doing a 510 km walk by myself, in support of Soldier On. I am asking whomever is able, to please contact me for a sponsor sheet. This walk is to symbolize “The long way home” that a lot of our Soldiers take. Please and thank you dig deep. This organization is an amazing one and deserves every bit of recognition and every dollar I can raise. I will be leaving from CFB Gagetown 0900 Monday June 04 2012 and arriving in Antigonish Friday June 22 2012 Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” –

 

                                    Cpl Kate MacEachern

 


 

   

The Long Way Home Facebook page

The Soldier On Fund

The Long Way Home – Cpl Kate MacEachern

Soldier hefts load on march for comrades

   

 

Remember the Fallen May 28, 2012

   

   

 

Memorial Day May 26, 2012

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Returning Marine sees son with Cerebral Palsy walk for the first time May 10, 2012

   

   

 

#CommanderinChief October 5, 2011

   

   

 

#MilitaryMonday August 15, 2011

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(via Emilio Rivera on fb)
   

 

THE MEMORIAL August 8, 2011

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We tried, we tried, Oh God we tried
So we could be here too
And walk around remembering
And look for names we knew


Our lives were lost so far away
Upon a distant shore
But we are here in memory
As you read our names once more


Remember us, Remember us
Although we’re truly gone
Remember us, as we once were
And not just names in stone.


 

 

THE FINAL INSPECTION

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The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.

 

 

“Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you ? Have you always turned the other cheek ? To My Church have you been true?”

 

 

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.

 

 

 

I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I’ve been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.

 

 

But, I never took a penny, That wasn’t mine to keep… Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.

 

 

And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.

 

 

I know I don’t deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears.

 

 

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

 

 

There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.

 

 

“Step forward now, you soldier, You’ve borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in Hell.”

 

~Author Unknown~

 

 

“The Cousins”

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The bar was loud and full of fun
The news was on TV
No one seemed to listen
No one seemed to care
Another soldier fallen
Another good life lost
No one seems to listen
No one seems to care

   

Then a young woman enters
Walks up to the bar
She orders up two drinks
One for him and her
“This one’s for my cousin Kirk and this one is for me”
He promised he would be here
When he got his leave
But he died a hero
Now there’s only me

   

Soon the bar got quiet
Listening to her words
This is what she told them
Quickly finishing her drink

   

I couldn’t understand the reason
Why he had to go
My mind was full of questions
My heart was full of fear
His words were reassuring
As he said to me
“Mandy, take heart, keep faith in us, we will not let you down
For we have a job to do,it’s time we earn our pay.”

   

He left a goodbye letter
To his friends and family
He told us not to mourn him
He died for his beliefs
His cause was something greater
Greater than one’s self

   

He now guards the Gates of Heaven
Wearing his dress blues

   

The one request he made of us
Was to remember him
And for who and why he served
He did not want us to forget

   

With those words she raised his glass
Then looked around the room
“You’ll never be forgotten, my cousin and my friend”
Though death has parted us for now
We will meet again
The reason why you gave your life
Everyone will know

   

For freedom and security
You died for one and all
So here’s to you and all who serve
She paused and simply added.
Semper Fi

   

When she turned and walked away
Her words still stayed with them
Now they finally understood

   

It took a fallen soldier
To make them realize
The price for fun and freedom
That we all enjoy

   


Now they seemed to listen
Now they seemed to care
It took a fallen soldier for them to realize…..

   

 

Army Vet forced to pay for Purple Heart August 6, 2011

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In 2007, Army veteran Sgt. Major Rob Dickerson (retired) was severely injured while embedded as an adviser to Iraqi soldiers. Due to the ‘lack of paperwork’ needed he couldn’t verify the merit of his medal.

 

 


 

After 2 years of pursuing his case the acknowledgement of his due was finally granted.

 

Instead of being awarded in a ceremony, his medal was Fedex-ed to his home. C.O.D. The fee of $21 was relatively minor, but the fact of him having to pay it at all, in addition to not having a ceremony, after fighting for his medal was disrespectful to him and kind of an embarrassment for the country.

 

Sgt. Major Dickerson is now fighting so no other soldiers will have to put up with this

 

Read the full story here.

 


 

 

 
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