Remembering An American HeroPosted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear 1LT Daniel Albin Widomski, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
OCS ClassmatePosted on 5/30/12 - by Edward L. Deitch firstname.lastname@example.orgDan helped me and many others in our OCS class at Ft. Sill. Rest in Peace, Dan.
We RememberPosted on 6/16/10 - by Robert Sage email@example.comDaniel is buried at Buffalo,NY. BSM PH
Field Artillery OCS Class 29A-67 Fort Sill OklahomaPosted on 12/27/09 - by Randy Dunham firstname.lastname@example.orgLT Widomski was killed in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Battery, 6th Battalion, 11th Artillery, Americal Division.MORE
Do not stand at my grave and weepPosted on 2/26/09 - by Bob RossDo not stand at my grave and weep.MORE
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932
Never ForgottenPosted on 1/4/06 - by Bill Nelson email@example.comFOREVER REMEMBEREDMORE
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle hero’s you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Stars and Stripes ForeverPosted on 2/28/04 - by Christy Stoller firstname.lastname@example.orgLet martial note in triumph floatMORE
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.
This is an excerpt from John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever". Even though it was published in 1896 it has remained in the hearts of countless Americans till today. It holds within it's lyrics the meaning of freedom and pride of America. I as an American am able to experience that freedom and thankfulness without fear. I owe my gratitude to those heros who "marched to the fray" proclaiming "that by their might and by their right" our country stands with our flag waving high. I thank you Daniel for your life. You are my fellow American and have my respect. God Bless You and your loved ones. May you rest in peace. (Posted as part of the Gridley High School posting project.)
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.