Veterans Day is tomorrow, November 11, and we at Legacy.com are devoting this week’s blog to honoring the men and women who have served their country. On Monday we showed you photos of veterans we have lost, from our ancestors who fought in World War I to our beloved family members who served and passed away more recently. Coming this Friday, we’ll spotlight the men and women of the U.S. Marines in honor of the Corps’ 235th anniversary. And today, we looked to our own Guest Books to find some touching notes written to veterans by those who served with them.
To commemorate Veterans Day, here are 5 condolence messages by veterans and for veterans:
- Big John as I knew him from Central HS working as one of the Security Staff Members. Huge Man, Deep Control Voice, but warm personality. As I passed by him while training my Cadets; he’d let out a big HOORAH! And told them to train hard… The other two instructors and myself always gave Big John a special Thank you for his service in the Marine Corps on Veterans Day! He will be deeply missed! [Published by Advantage Colonial Mortuary]
- I am very sorry for your loss. This is always tragic, but after making it 14 months in Iraq as an Infantryman, it makes it feel more so. Will was a great kid with a big heart. He paid $50 to throw a pie in my face to help the Family Readiness Group for our company. He will be remembered by us who served with him. [Published by The Ledger]
- Ltg. Doctor was my Commander in Korea in (83-84) @ Camp Edwards West and @ Camp Giant. He was a Giant to me and Being from Conway, SC, I was very proud to have served with him. I still call him a gentle GIANT. Thank you Sir For Service. [Published in the Washington Post]
- I am so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He was my very first company commander after I was commisioned an officer in the Montana Army National Guard. He was a great commander to work for! He always took good care of his Soldiers, and took great pride in seeing them succeed in all their endeavors, be they military or personal. He went out of his way to mentor and encourage me throughout my career, and I am forever grateful for that. He was a proud American, and a fine officer. I am honored and privileged to have served with him! [Published in the Great Falls Tribune]
- It is with a heavy heart on hearing the passing of a fellow Marine. I served with Ernie in the 81 Mortar platoon. At our reunion it seemed that he had never changed, he was the same happy, smiling and cheerful person I remembered from those days when we served together. As we Marines gather in October in San Diego a special toast will be rendered in honor of our fallen Brother. [Published by Johnson’s Funeral Home]
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