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    Most unwanted visitors

    As some of you know I am retired Army, my Wife is active duty Army along with 3 Sons, 2 mine and 1 Son-in -Law. We bleed Green, Grandpa is a retired Army General. I have in my front window a service banner with 4 blue stars on it for the 4 active duty members of my household.
    My Daughter is visiting after college let out for the Summer.
    On Memorial Day, late at night, after a fun day at the beach and lots of family fun, The doorbell rang and I went to answer it, I opened the door and my heart stopped. An Army Colonel and Army Chaplain stood with the look no parent ever needs to see.
    They came to see my Daughter, Her Husband-Our Son-in Law had died early in the day in a much earlier time zone.
    We have had great help from all the military in help with the Casualty Assistance. We laid him to rest on Friday with full Honors. The Patriot Guard Riders attended.
    The Red Cross was fantastic in helping to get word and emergency leave for my two other Sons to come back from Iraq & Afganistan. It was a nice ceremony and the whole family were in their Class A uniforms- even myself.
    My Cousin played the pipes for us.
    This is the 1st time I have talked about it for I have had to be the rock for my family. We have always know a day like this could come, I now know how my Parents & Grandparents felt when they saw the most unwanted visitors.
    The new Banner in the window has 3 Blue and 1 Gold Star.

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    You, your Family and particularly your Daughter, have my deepest sympathy.
    By Choice, not by Birth

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    I am so sorry to read of your family's sad news.
    Last edited by Jock Scot; 14th June 09 at 03:01 AM.

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    I am sorry for your loss, grateful for your family's service.

    Kindest regards,
    Rex.
    At any moment you must be prepared to give up who you are today for who you could become tomorrow.

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    To you, your entire family and especially your Daughter, my deepest sympathy in this difficult time.
    And always, my highest respect for the sacrifice and service your family has given our country over the years.

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    God Bless you and yours in this sad time.

    Slainte,
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    There is really no words to describe my sorrow for your daughter and your family. My family will keep you and yours in our prayers.

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    I hope that sharing with your XMTS family has helped you to grieve. Blessings to you and your family for the honor and service [and sacrifice] that are a family tradition.
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    Rick, I am truly sorry for your family's loss. My deepest sympathy and respect go to you and your family for having truly made the ultimate sacrifice.

    Semper Fi.

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    My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

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