About the author: Steve Pauwels

Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH and managing editor of ClashDaily.com

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  • antiliberalcryptonite

    Semper Fi

  • ForrestHorn

    Hardly a day goes by that I don’t remember or think about or pray for all my brothers, living and dead.

  • Saltporkdoc

    Brothers lost…Brothers missed…Brothers never forgotten.
    Semper Remedius
    Semper Fidelis

    • IvyDevilDog

      Ditto. Semper Fidelis.

      • Saltporkdoc

        Semper Fi from a Devil Doc!

  • RM Molon Labe

    I can not thank our fallen enough, for the sacrifice given to our nation… All gave some, some gave ALL…thank you vets, alive and fallen..We the people can NEVER repay the debt we all owe to YOU.. Eternal peace for all…Molon Labe

  • leewacker

    I agree! My Marine son left the Corps somewhere in the mid-to-late eighties, and died of a congenital heart problem in the mid-nineties. I miss him so badly-especially during football season–he used to pay in high school, and was studying Secondary Education in History and P.E.—the world lost a fine teacher and a fine man!
    Semper Fi from a Marine Mom

    • Susan

      So very sorry for the loss of your precious son. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dukhooker

    No nation has ever been blessed with so many outstanding young men and women. I wish we had a CIC worth of the title, and of them.

  • mike

    Semper FI

  • juneaumarine

    Absent comrades….
    Semper Fi

    • Ben Name

      Semper Fi legs.

  • Catherine Halsey

    One thing I’m not particularly fond of is “happy Memorial Day”. I get the sentiments, but this isn’t veterans day, here. We’re not celebrating the ones making it home, we’re mourning the ones who couldn’t.

    • Ben Name

      I mourned my legs. Does that count?

      • Catherine Halsey

        Are you under the impression I was talking about the troops here?

        • Ben Name

          Nope. You are mourning lost soles. I am mourning my lost legs.

  • CharlieFromMass

    One of the saddest things I’ve had to do: explain to a bunch of eighth graders why Memorial Day isn’t the start of summer and why it’s important to never forget why it’s observed because nobody ever told them. The looks on their faces after was like someone rammed them into concrete walls when reality hit.

    Great column.

    • Ben Name

      no one.

  • WayneJ

    I had a classmate and friend killed in Viet Nam. He was a radio operator with 1st Force Recon. We joined the Marine Corps at the same time but landed in different platoons. I ran into Bill in Okinawa in the chow hall. We ate lunch together, laughed and cut up and reminisced. He was on his way to Nam. As we left the chow hall…I gave Bill a big hug and told him to take care, keep his dead down and on a swivel. He told me not to worry that he operated the big radios in the rear. Several months later while in the Philippines, I ran into some 1st Force Recon Marines on RR from Nam…..I was informed Bill had been killed while attempting to recover a fallen brother. I often think of Bill and wonder if anyone, other than his family, remembers him and his sacrifice….for in those days, to America, we were all scum.

    • Susan

      I had a number of friends who served in Nam. You all are heroes to me. God bless you and thank you for your service.

      • WayneJ

        Thank you Susan….I was not a combat veteran….I was in the rear with the gear :) But I thank you all the same.

        • Susan

          If not for you, the other guys could not have done their job. What you did was critical for their safety and success. My uncle did the same in WWII and I am as proud of him as of my dad, his little brother, who was in the D Day invasion and the battle of the bulge. You all served!

          • WayneJ

            God bless you and your family….thanks to all that serve. I have one son who served in the Corps and my youngest, my daughter, just finished a 4 your tour in the Corps as well. My youngest son served in the Navy and my dad was a Colonel in the Air Force…..we all have a vested interest in this great nation. Thanks again Susan and God bless.

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