Goodbye Salute

31 of you are gone. What you do for a living means we likely will never hear your names, see your widows cry, or create college funds in your name for your children. Your work will be glamorized by the media, mourned by strangers, discredited by conspiracy theorists. The price of your extraordinary sacrifice will be on the minds of the American public for at least 48 hours.

But to us, the military families, you are more. You are our friends, neighbors, and classmates. You are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles. You are our husbands. Wives. You are our fathers and mothers. We know you.

Molon Labe.”

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erika @ chambanachik
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:37:16

    So sad, so true.

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  2. Chris P.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:13:29

    VERY well said!!! As a Army Mom and a Army Mom in Law I cannot even begin to fathom the grief these families are going thru. My thought’s and prayers have been with ALL of our Military families. This weekends tradgedy was a ripple that was felt far and wide.

    LOVE your blog!!

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  3. DogBoy
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 17:21:33

    Amen sister. There are too few doing too much for too many who care too little.

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  4. Evelyn Young
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 14:48:52

    Lori, we have known Randy since he and our oldest daughter were in junior high school. There were only a couple of years we had the privilege of seeing him while giving him a ride to Berean Acadamy. We as a family and church family pray for Randy and you and the kids. Ours hearts are so saddened by the terrible loss of these brave military men who just lost there lives. God bless you as you keep things going at home while Randy is away making our country a safer place. Would love to meet you someday. Pastor Leo & Evelyn Young – Council Bluffs, IA

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    • Lori Volkman @ Witty Little Secret
      Aug 07, 2011 @ 15:25:10

      Thankyou, Youngs! We love hearing these stories of prayers being offered up. One of the most touching moments of my young adult life was learning that Velma Volkman, a woman I would never meet, prayed for me all the days of Randy’s life. Thankyou for your faithful prayers!

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  5. Trinity River
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 08:25:47

    So sad

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  6. Big Al
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 05:54:41

    A heartfelt tribute to those brave, mostly unrecognized souls who deliberately put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf.

    We all died a little upon hearing this, but we can scarcely imagine the piercing pain for the military families directly affected by this tragedy.

    Bless them all.

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  7. Kim Miller
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 20:30:01

    You put it so succinctly. I must confess when I first heard the news I got sick to my stomach. Our daughter and son currently are serving “there” on helicopters. It wasn’t much relief when I heard the specific type of helicopter that went down. Ours are on different types. It could have been. It may be. But, it was for so many families today. Heartfelt love and gratitude to our brave.

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  8. Gail
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 19:52:19

    May these brave warriors rest in peace. My heart breaks for their families… keeping them in my prayers. May God’s infinite love and grace grant them solace and peace. And may God bless and protect those who continue to serve.

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  9. tony
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 17:51:53

    my 1st thought was of MSGT Mark Coman 1st sf group. kia 2010. God how that shook our small town. Now town’s and cities around this country will morn. God bless these men and their familes. our church already put the familes on their prayer list.

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  10. bekkijo
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 17:40:40

    thought of you and the family as soon as I saw that story. This is so sad, so many lives lost, so many families suffering. I hope you are all well.

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  11. deyank
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 17:10:11

    I’m afraid that 48 hours is probably way too long. The next time a celebrity needs rehab, or professional athlete gets caught using drugs, this story will be pushed off the page. In my estimation, only the people who count will remember – for a very long time. Rest their souls.

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  12. Sherri
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 16:50:26

    I do not know you. I read of your life. I admire you and your husband and your family for what you do for our country and when I heard of today’s deaths, I added an extra prayer for your husband. God’s Blessings to all of you.

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