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Remembering the Fallen

On Dec 23, 2006, three Michigan soldiers died when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during combat operations in Salman Pak, Iraq.

Spc. Chad J. Vollmer, 24, of Grand Rapids; Pfc. Wilson A. Algrim, 21, of Howell; and Pvt. Bobby Mejia II, of Saginaw paid the ultimate price in the service of our country.

Chad was our daughter-in-law’s dearly loved brother. On this Memorial Day his family and friends will remember once again, as they do every day, their inexpressible loss.

The experience of honoring those who have died in behalf of their country rises above national boundaries. While many today will attend parades and memorial services in veteran’s parks, the picture above shows how citizens of Israel, stand silently in the streets of Tel Aviv, on their own Memorial Day, as a two minute siren calls the whole country to remember their fallen.

If you have a family member or friend who has died or been wounded in the service of our country, please use this opportunity to honor their sacrifice.

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7 Responses to “Remembering the Fallen”

  1. Motorcycleminister says:

    Thank God that we can praise Him and allow us to honor the soldiers, their families, and all that fight and have fought for our physical freedom. Thank you Yeshua (Jesus) for our spiritual freedom. This country, USA, should follow the suite as in Isreal and truly honor our American’s and all who are in the service. I wish that ALL businesses would close so that one day our nation will spend the day praying and honoring all who represent our physical and spiritual freedom. Thank Mart for your insight and wisdom that you and your family have given this world. With God’s Love, Barry.

  2. SFDBWV says:

    On Memorial Day I am always reminded of the comment, “There are Two who have died for you, Jesus Christ for your eternal soul snd the American soldier who died for your freedom.”

    I remember my fallen friends who died in Viet Nam. I remember others who well before my time made a Nation and a way of life thet I have enjoyed at the price of their lives.

    I owe so much to thoes who came before me and so much as well to our sons and daughters who now stand against our enemies where ever they may be found.

    Thank you, Soldiers, Sailers, Marines, and Airmen.
    God bless you all.

  3. poohpity says:

    I would like to give my heart felt gratitude to those who have and are currently serving in our military. Thank you soooo very much for putting your life on the line for our freedom and safety. OohRah!! I would also like to thank the families of those who have lost soldiers in the line of duty. Your loss has been our countries gain, thank you for your sacrifice. May our God give you comfort and peace in your time of loss.

  4. rokdude5 says:

    John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.

    And all the things in gratitude we do, can never measure up but we are grateful nevertheless. I hope Mart, that you and your family especially your daughter-in-law will find some small measure in comfort in our postings today.

    I cant help to think about former Iraqi, Rita Azzi of Amman, Jordan who was tricked in going back to Baghdag, Iraq, only to be kidnapped, raped and tortured because she decided to be a Christian. She was able to endure the torture by praying to God requesting “…please let me die as a Christian.” With that in mind, we know that the ultimate price that was paid in not in vain.

  5. plumbape says:

    Hope everyone has a blessed Memorial Day. The Indy 500 is always the Sunday before and it went over well.

    I thank and salute our brave military brothers and sisters that serve this great country. My Dad was Army W.W.2 purple heart,bronze star and silver star. Never spoke about it alot and he struggled with not being sure God forgives for killing. I made it to Illinois before he passed but he wasn’t conscious. The administrator of the nursing home got up at 3AM to come out with me to pray, he was a pastor for years also, which was very encouraging to me. May God bless him.

  6. HEY REV says:

    I was blessed doing my time in the Air National guard during “peace time”. No conflicts or skirmishs. But deep in my heart I always some how knew how many were out there fighting so that I may have that “peace” here at home. My daughter in law just spent a little over one year in Irak. Where she lost 2 or 3 of her soldiers in her outfit. I don’t have an answer why God allows some not to come home and others do. I’ve talked to many while doing their funerals and they all confessed the same. “We prayed just like all the others, yet ours did not come home alive.” WHY? There are many different scriptures to try and give an answer,but yet it doesn’t hit home.
    There is nothing else I can do or say. When I get up there and ask Him some of these questions, and He answer’s them one at a time, my reply will always be “Oh I see” because His answer’s will be “ABSOLUTE”

    Let’s pray: Father God, thank you for how you did answer us even when we do not accept it. Continue to touch our heart that we may may have that “PEACE” as You Jesus, told us we can have in John 14:27. Touch especially those whose hearts are very, very hurt deep and they feel it will never leave. As You continue to walk with them Lord I thank you in advance what you are going to accomplish,in and through them and they will give You all the Praise, Honor, and Glory for it, in Jesus Precious Name. Amen and Amen

  7. pegramsdell says:

    Thank you Hey Rev for you prayer. God bless you :)

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