A Soldier's Prayer

In Honor of Veterans' Day 2010....

 If you know a veteran, say thank you for serving to preserve our freedoms! That is why I have published this hub! Thank you to all who have served!

Remember Our Troops

I just received a chain email asking to pass along pictures of our brave men and women in uniform, in honor of the supreme sacrifice many of them have made for us all. I didn't want to send this out by email to all my friends, because I suspect many do not read forwarded emails. However, the spirit of the request is noble, and so I have decided to publish these pictures on this hub, and at the bottom there is a prayer we can all say. Underneath the pictures, I've updated this page to include random thoughts the images inspire as I view them. If anyone has any thoughts of their own they would like to add, send them to jamesfhenry@yahoo.com .

As I view this image, I wonder if this is a soldier returned from the war who is wondering through the field of his fallen comrades, or perhaps a man who has lost his brother, friend or sister?
As I view this image, I wonder if this is a soldier returned from the war who is wondering through the field of his fallen comrades, or perhaps a man who has lost his brother, friend or sister?
The loss of American lives in the Iraq War is what makes my heart ache, particularly when I realize that the justification and benefits of this war are so small.
The loss of American lives in the Iraq War is what makes my heart ache, particularly when I realize that the justification and benefits of this war are so small.
Can you imagine being these soldiers, seeing the coffins of their brothers and sisters in arms, wondering if they will be next to be draped in the flag?
Can you imagine being these soldiers, seeing the coffins of their brothers and sisters in arms, wondering if they will be next to be draped in the flag?
Images like this are beautiful and present a sense of peacefulness. As I look at this picture, I feel a profound sense of hope that these brave people went to their graves proud of what they accomplished on behalf of us all.
Images like this are beautiful and present a sense of peacefulness. As I look at this picture, I feel a profound sense of hope that these brave people went to their graves proud of what they accomplished on behalf of us all.
Although this picture is hazy, the flag still prevails!
Although this picture is hazy, the flag still prevails!
As I view this procession, I can almost hear taps playing, taking this fallen hero to his final resting place. I may not know who you are, but I will never forget the sacrifice you have made for our country.
As I view this procession, I can almost hear taps playing, taking this fallen hero to his final resting place. I may not know who you are, but I will never forget the sacrifice you have made for our country.
This must be a gut wrenching experience for the soldiers who are left behind. Still, the pain this man must be feeling is nothing compared with the weight of the sacrifice the soldiers who wore these boots and helmets gave for us all.
This must be a gut wrenching experience for the soldiers who are left behind. Still, the pain this man must be feeling is nothing compared with the weight of the sacrifice the soldiers who wore these boots and helmets gave for us all.
We'll never know who these men are thinking of while they stand in silence. It overwhelms me to think of how brave these fighting men and women are, going about the tasks others have decided for them, knowing that they could be next in line to go.
We'll never know who these men are thinking of while they stand in silence. It overwhelms me to think of how brave these fighting men and women are, going about the tasks others have decided for them, knowing that they could be next in line to go.
All I can think of, as I view the image of this extraordinary man playing taps, are the words dignity and honor.
All I can think of, as I view the image of this extraordinary man playing taps, are the words dignity and honor.
This young man's life will never be the same, probably after losing a father. We need to remember that many of the soldiers who have given their lives leave behind family who love them.
This young man's life will never be the same, probably after losing a father. We need to remember that many of the soldiers who have given their lives leave behind family who love them.

Let us pray...

 

Prayer chain for our Military.... Don't break it!

Please send this on after a short prayer. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!

Prayer:

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the ver y best one.

GOD BLESS YOU FOR PASSING IT ON!

UPDATE! Help A Soldier Through Soldier's Angels!

I have an uncle who is a Vietnam Veteran himself. He just alerted me to an organization that is trying to help soldiers who are still serving in Iraq. The name of the organization is Soldier's Angels. According to my uncle, at present they have 138 soldiers who are awaiting "adoption."

"This organization recruits people to "Adopt a Soldier" to collect items and send packages to one or more of our men. Items included are socks, shaving soap (in tubes no sprays) combs, toothbrushes, sun tan lotion (which are hard to get in Iraq) and the like. Also requested are snacks such as beef jerkey, peanuts, etc. or anything that is sealed so that it will not soil," my uncle reported.

To learn more about Soldier's Angels, visit their website at soldiersangels.org .

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Comments 29 comments

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CherylTheWriter 8 years ago from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron)

Extremely touching, crash. It's all too easy to look at the politics and ignore the courage and the sacrifice. Thank you for the reminder.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

A wonderful hub! Not much to add to this very sad reality. I rather avoid to say something bad about our leaders, not to spoil this beautiful hub and Ultimate Sacrifice of these brave men. Lord Bless Their souls.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

I did the easy thing, cutting and pasting mostly. I, too, was touched by the email, and that's why I reproduced its contents here....I suspect more people will read it in this hub than if I did email it far and wide.

I was particularly touched by the picture of the young man receiving the American Flag. I can only imagine the torment that poor boy must be experiencing.

Thanks for writing Cheryl and Solar


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

A very moving Hub and much bettetr than those "pass on" Emails


Creativita 8 years ago from New York City

Crash, this is a great tho' sad hub. Especially the pix of the "all dressed up" little boy, trying to hold back his tears, receiving the flag that draped his young soldier-dad's coffin. I wish they'd all come home safe right away. -Helen


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Dorsi 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Very touching hub and pictures of reality that we don't see everyday. Reminding us that our soldiers have sons, daughters, family and friends. We need to remember all of them in our prayers.

Thanks for hubbing this.


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topstuff 8 years ago

There sacrafices are very less in number.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

I'm not sure if I follow you topstuff. It is true that there are far fewer deaths in the Iraq war than there were in previous wars and conflicts. What people don't realize is that there are many many more people who are permanently disabled and disfigured from this war than previous wars. Advances in medical science have managed to save lives, keeping our fatalities very low, by comparison, but the numbers of our soldiers going home with severe, permanent injuries is astronomical.


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago

Yeah, the Iraq war is a real bargain--only 3,000 American soldiers plus 50-100,000 Iraqis.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

You're definitely preaching to the choir on this one Ralph. Thanks for the comment!

Jim


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

That brought tears to my eyes !! Thank you my nephew just joined the Army and leaves July 15th, and of of my closest friends just lost there 19 year old son in IRAQ. I am sending her your hub , as you are so thoughtful. This chain should not go unbroken.


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crashcromwell 8 years ago from Florida Author

It was a very simple gesture....what those brave men and women are doing in Iraq is far more poignant than this tribute. Thanks for your thoughts AEvans.


willtrigger 7 years ago

Thank you so much. Sometimes those great e-mail get clogged up with other information. It is nice to have a clean site to view.


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

You're welcome Willtrigger. Thanks for posting your comment.


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Sal Walker 7 years ago from Around the way

Great Hub. There is so much bad about this illegal war we're in. We have so many good soliders doing their duty dispite the doings of our corrupt administration. Thank you for sharing this Hub.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I received the same e-mail wish I  knew how to do what you did...Lovely and Thank you so much...I Love it...I Love America...there is truly no place like it on earth...Heaven is another thing...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace...and Happy New Year...


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

G-Ma - It really wasn't that tough. I just saved all the pictures on my hard drive. The most time consuming thing was converting them to jpeg format, because hubpages doesn't support bitmap files. Thanks for the comment!

Jim


belfast maine 7 years ago

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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

Amen. I have been blessed so far, My son is serving in Afghanistan and his deployment is over in 14 more days. However, I have friends who wer'nt so blessed, and I see the toll it takes on them, year after year. Thank you for sharing this because it brought awareness, and through awareness many more people partake in Supporting our Troops. HOOAH


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Hooah right back atcha! Thank you for your comment, Army Infantry Mom. I pray your son makes it home safe and sound. Be sure to thank him for his service to our country for me.

Jim Henry


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

Thank you for bringing awareness regaurding our Soldier's,..It is really needed !!!! (More than ever ) HOOAH


Serenity 7 years ago

Great collection...And my sympathies are with these soldiers..........i would request you to post smiliar pictures of millions of iraqis who were killed in these non-sense wars.......Thanks


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Serenity - as I noted above, I received these photographs by way of a serial email floating around the Internet. If anyone has photographs such as you requested, I would definitely publish them, because I believe people need to know the reality of what has happened in Iraq, and to a certain degree continues.

Thanks for your comment!

Jim


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

Thank you sir for a great hub.


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crashcromwell 7 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for visiting it. My part is small by comparison with the sacrifice of the armed forces and their families.

Jim Henry


Flobow 6 years ago

Soldiers Angels has over 1,000 yes ONE THOUSAND Soldiers waiting for adoption! Not only that, we reach out in a multitude of ways. We need your help today! Please come home to Soldiers Angels! www.soldiersangels.com I'll be looking for you but even more important so will our Soldiers and Veterans! From the Heart, Iris


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Sweet Epistles 4 years ago from From the Heart of God

Very touching! Thanks for sharing.


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crashcromwell 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment Sweet Epistles!


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crashcromwell 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment Sweet Epistles!

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