5 condolences: Memorial Day

Next Monday is Memorial Day. Amid the fun of family parties and barbecues with friends, we’re also asked to solemnly remember the service men and women who fought and died for our freedom. At Legacy.com, it’s something we do every day – but we’re honored to be able to devote a week of blogging to our soldiers.

We’re starting off with 5 condolence messages for soldiers who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan:

  1. I was in the Pentagon yesterday in the conference room named in honor of Mark. I remember him for his sense of humor, quiet pragmatism, and deep sense of duty. I was not surprised that he was “first to the fight” in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife and family; we who worked with Mark know just how much you lost. [Published in Mobile Register]
  2. Hey Clay, I made out of Afghanistan i got back 3 weeks ago.. I remember when we shot the IAVA commercial in L.A. and the time we spent in New York Veterans day 2009, I knew you were someone very special and the world just lost a humanitarian and a friend. [Published in Houston Chronicle]
  3. Freedom is not free. Ofren had been deployed to Iraq three times. His Afghanistan deployment was almost over. He was the best soldier, most wonderful husband to my daughter and proud father to his son. He touched so many lives with his humor, smile and laughter. We have lost a true hero. [Published in Dayton Daily News]
  4. I had the privilege of serving with Tim in Afghanistan. He was a consummate professional and more importantly a great person. Both hard working and easy going, he was always a source of motivation for me. It was tough to be around him without feeling upbeat, his optimism and good nature was infectious. Tim’s commitment to Soldiers in their time of need was second to none. I was lucky to have known him. [Published in Knoxville News Sentinel]
  5. Such a short but heroic life. But how amazing to enter into the Kingdom of God with Jesus at this most Holy season! You were one of the brave members of our society who had the courage to stand up for what you knew was right. We shall never forget the sacrifice that you and your family have made in our nation’s fight for freedom. I honor you and your family and vow to remind people every day about the heroes who continue to give their all for all of us. [Published in Philadelphia Inquirer]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. Each week, we highlight 5 condolences with a common theme.

About Linnea

I joined Legacy.com in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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