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DONALD LYLE ELLIOTT


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 122 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • My Best Friend

    Posted on 4/20/16 - by Dan McKay
    We were best friends and shared good times. We joined the Marine Corps together and separated after training. He spent his short time by the DMZ. A day does not go by that he's not in my thoughts. I say hello to him every night while looking at the stars. To you my friend, I wish we still shared the good times.
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  • Remembering You On Your 65th Birthday

    Posted on 8/7/15 - by Lawrence M Celani riroadmap@verizon.net
    As you watched from Gods heaven, your friends gatered at your resting place to remember your birthday. Donnie, you gave us a perfect day and we all felt your presence as we reflected on our wonderful days as carefree young men. We also wept as those recollections reminded each of us of our great loss.

    We not only tell you we never will forget, we live that promise to you.
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  • A 2 year old's birthday

    Posted on 5/30/15 - by Larry Celani riroadmap@verizon.net
    I was at my grand daughter's 2nd birthday. As I shot a few videos of this little angel opening her gifts, I was overwhelmed with your memory. You should have been in my place because you earned that, I didn't.

    I watched all my grandchildren and thanked my God for all of these wonderful things that have happened to me over the years.

    I got home, turned on some relaxation music, turned off the lights and just though about things. My intellect knows why you died but my heart has never come to understand it nor accept it at all. Donnie, somehow I know you know what I was feeling and while I was never a spiritual; man, it was your spirit that once again was restless. I know you have never left. While your physical presence is gone now for 46 years but your spirit was left with the friends who loved you.

    It was your death that helped me to understand how much I loved you and all my friends. I always will feel that old bond we made as boys until the day I die. It was that promise made as 7 year old boys to be friends forever. For the special privilege to be a father and grandfather, I know the love of family and friends made this a sacrifice of many sacrifieces you were ready to make. I can scream or cry saying thank you byut Donnie, it is just not enough.

    So in those meager words for the experience of today, thank you Donnie.

    Larry
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  • The Last Moments in the life of Pfc. Donald Lyle Elliott

    Posted on 8/27/14 - by Lawrence M Celani
    I just can't forget you Don and really needed to know more. I am proud of your performance under fire and you will always be my hero. I hope you find this proof of my loyalty and obligation to you my dear friend. God, I miss you.

    http://www.pfcdonaldelliott.com/transcryptvideo/TRANSCRYPTVIDEO16X9flv.htm
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  • In Honor of my Heroes

    Posted on 5/29/14 - by Lawrence M Celani

    The Shadows Of Heroes



    Most of my life I walked in the sunshine.
    Now I walk in the shadows of Heroes.
    Those heroes in my life are now gone
    yet their shadows still remain.
    It is in their shadows I will walk.
    Since they can no longer speak.
    I will be their voice.
    Although they can no longer see,
    I will be their eyes.
    While they can no longer cry,
    I will shed their tears.
    Since they are now defenseless,
    I will be their defender.
    I will forever keep a close vigil over their memories.
    I will protect their legacy as if my own.
    I am honored to walk in the shadows of my heroes
    all the while feeling the warmth of their presence.


    Lawrence M Celani 5/27/2014
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.