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    1. David R Hurst June 22, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Thank you so much for patriotism, love of our country and the ultimate sacrifice you have made for us. May your family and friends find comfort with their fond memories of you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace and God Bless You!

    2. David R Hurst June 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Your sacrifice will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,
      with intense gratitude. May God bless you and your family.

      Rest Safely and Securely in God’s Loving Arms.

    3. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      We are so humbled
      by the dedication and determination
      of these mena nd women
      who serve in the US Armed Forces,
      “taking it to them:,
      and giving us a chance
      to remain free…
      free from oppression,
      free from international terrorism,
      free from attacks on our homeland.
      Thir homeland.
      We are their fathers and mothers,
      sisters and brothers,
      wives and children.
      And we are proud of them,
      and pray for them,
      and will continue to support and encourage them
      because they certainly support and encourage us!

      To the family of David R. Hurst…
      my words can never convey
      our sympathy and for you
      and love for you son.

      I wish there was more that I could say, do…
      as a father of a former Guardman,
      my heart goes out to you.

      His efforts, his sacrifice
      will not be forgotten…
      it will not be wasted.

      God bless you all…

    4. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Love and Gratiude. The agony is so great….and yet
      I stand it. Had I not loved so very much. I would not hurt so much. But goodness knows I would not diminsh that precious love by one fraction of an ounce. I will hurt, and I will be gratetful to take the hurt, for it bears witness to the depth of our meanings, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

    5. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be,
      a resting place along the road to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, different paths along the way, we all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay…. Our destination is a place, far greater than we know. For some the journey’s quicker, for some the journey’s slow. And when the journey finally ends, we’ll claim a great reward, and find an everlasting peace, together with The Lord.

    6. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      A life well-lived doesn’t end any more than the music ends, it echoes through time with whispers of beauty and grace. If we listen we can hear the encore with our hearts, for the song plays on, just as love lives on. Just remember that grief cannot take away the happiness you shared, that sorrow will fade in time, but love remains forever.

    7. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, whom we loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts. And what they did and who they were becomes a part of all that we are forever.

    8. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Sunshine fades and shadows fall, but sweet remembrance out lasts all.

    9. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      in the quiet moments when the hurt is hard to bear may love become your shelter. And may the beauty of precious moments be your comfort.

    10. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Tears are only memories overflowing from the heart…….

    11. David R Hurst June 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Please don’t cry though I’m not here. I’m still watching over you. I’m in your hearts, when you laugh at something I did. ~~Don’t get teary because I’m not here, just remember me for me.
      ~~I’ll always be around no matter where you go. So Please don’t cry, because I’m still there.

    12. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Dave’s Philosophy for Life….Never take someone for granted. Hold every person close to your heart;
      because you might wake up one day and realize that you’ve lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones……

    13. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Remember me in your hearts, in your thoughts, and the memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, and the times we laughed, for if you always think of me, I will never be gone.

    14. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      The Oak Tree….A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the Oak Tree’s leaves away, then snapped its boughs and pulled it’s bark until the Oak Tree was tired and stark. But still the Oak Tree held it’s ground, while other trees fell around.~~ The weary wind gave up and spoke, ” How can you still be standing, Oak ? ” The Oak Tree said, ‘ I know that you can break every branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since birth. Youll never touch them, for you see, they are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn’t sure of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you , I’m stronger than I ever knew.”

    15. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

    16. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Fill the cracks of your broken heart with fond memories of the past. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    17. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      For the loss you had, words do not heal. May the memories held deep within your heart help soothe your spirit. With each memory, let your hearts be reminded that nothing can ever take away the beauty, kindness, and selflessness you have known.

    18. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Love lives on forever…..

    19. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Tattered around the edges, and faded now with time; memories that linger still, are what they left behind. Like a precious package, kept in a secret room; each memory a treasure, a heirloom.~~ On rare and quiet occasions, the package opens wide, revealing then the memories that nestle inside, faces etched in memories like a photo from the past; each snapshot printed in the heart, and memories that last.~~Worn and ragged photographs, so faded now with time; yet the lasting love deep in your heart, is what they left behind.

    20. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Don’t think of Dave as gone away, his journey has just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one.~~ Just think of him as resting from sorrow and tears, in a place of warmth and comfort, where there are no days or years.~~ Think of how he must be wishing that you could know today, how nothing but sadness can really pass away.~~And think of Dave as living in the hearts of those he touched and he is loved so much.

    21. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      To some I may be nothing more than a distant memory. My life on earth is over now, but do you remember me ? I know I left without warning, but GOD’S work for me was through. Please do not try to stop the thoughts of me, because I never will of you. Some may hear or speak my name and vanish the thought of me, why is it that I am gone no one stops to see, I am closer to you now than I ever was before. I love you all the same and will forever more. So please don’t let my memories slowly fade away…for I’m still inside your heart you see, where I will always stay. Don’t think of me as gone forever because someday we’ll meet again. Keep me close inside your heart until GOD tells you when. You may be there for many years, no one ever knows. So let my memory stay alive as the love inside you grows.

    22. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Fill your heart with fond memories of me.

    23. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      F is for fun loving.
      R is for always remembering special days in our
      lives.
      I is for innocence of heart.
      E is for easy going.
      N is for never holding a grudge.
      D is for doing for others.

    24. David R Hurst June 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Beautiful memories are wonderful things, they last till the longest day, they never wear out, never get lost, and can never be given away. To some you may be forgotten, to others a part of the past. But to those who loved you, your memory will always last.

    25. David R Hurst June 12, 2008 at 12:00 am

      This is my wish for you; comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, hugs when the spirits sag, sunsets to warm your heart, friendships to brighten your being, beauty for your eyes to see, faith so you can believe, confidence when in doubt, patience to accept the truth, courage to know yourself, love to complete your life.

    26. David R Hurst June 12, 2008 at 12:00 am

      I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep. I could see you had been crying, you found it hard to sleep. I talked to you softly as you brushed away a tear, ” It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”~~I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, you were thinking of the many times you spent time with me.
      ~~ I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore. I longed to carry your parcels, I wish I could do more.~~ I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care. I want to reassure you, that I’m not lying there.~~ I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my hand on you; I smiled and said, ” it’s me.” You looked so tired and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there. It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.” You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew….in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.~~ The day is over…. I smile and watch you yawning and say ” good night, GOD BLESS, I’ll see you in the morning.” ~~ And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand side by side.~~ I have so many things for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out….then come home to be with me.~~ Till we meet again, I’ll miss you everyday. Love Dave.

    27. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Your Garden…After a while you learn the difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defects with your head up and your eyes ahead. With the strength of a man not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow is too uncertain for plans.
      And futures have a way of falling down in midflight.
      And after awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So plant your garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure, that you are really strong. And you really do have worth. And you learn and learn, with every goodbye, you learn.

    28. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      An Angel in The Book of Life wrote down Dave’s birth, and whispered as she closed the book,
      ” Much to beautiful for Earth.”

    29. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Rainbows would never be rainbows if sunshine had never met rain. No one would ever need comfort if there was no sadness and pain. But life holds both sunshine and showers. The days aren’t all bright and fair. So look through the showers for the rainbows, you’ll always find hope shining there.

    30. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Don’t cry for my absence, feel close and still talk to me. I will love you from Heaven as I have loved you from Earth.

    31. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      A teardrop fell…..

    32. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      What a legacy Dave has left of love and kindness. Most of us could never equal his standards in a lifetime. He serves as an example to all of us. GOD BLESS him and may he rest in everlasting peace. –Friends from Ft. Polk.

    33. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Dave touched the hearts of all who knew him and left his footprints wherever he walked.

    34. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      May you rest peacefully for the rest of eternity and live on forever in the hearts and memories of the people who loved you.

    35. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      The Soldier Poem…I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness…should I fail. I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love. I have cried, pained, and hoped…but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was…A Soldier.

    36. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      There beside a grave she stands, a folded flag clutched in her hands. A silent teardrop on her face, her brave young child has entered grace. She does not hear the sermon said, just memories run through her head. The child she held so long ago, the child with faith she let go. The child who heard the nation’s call, and in the end gave it all, without fear or thoughts of self, thoughts of Freedom and little else. The bugle plays TAPS in the wind, a mournful song it does send. A reminder to us all that for Freedom, this price was paid, and her sweet young to rest was laid.

    37. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Friendship isn’t a big thing–it’s a million little things.

    38. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Only a whisper away……

    39. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Dave’s Motto for Life…Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. And let go of what you can’t change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take changes. Give everything and have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy–you have to take the good with the bad. Smile when you’re sad. Love what you got and always remember what you had. Always forgive. Learn from your mistakes but never regret. People change and things go wrong–but always remember my love for you goes on and on !!!

    40. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      The tide recedes but leaves bright seashells on the sand, the sun goes down but the gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops & yet it echoes on in sweet refrains…for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

    41. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Think of me as one at rest, for me you should not weep. I have no cares, no troubled thoughts, for now I am asleep.–The living breathing me that was, is now forever still, and time goes on without me as time forever will.–Those of you who liked me, I sincerely thank you all, and those of you that loved me, I thank most of all.–It matters not if time began or if time will ever cease. I was here, I used it all and now I am at peace.

    42. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      I am wearing a pair of shoes. They are ugly shoes.
      Uncomfortable shoes. I hate my shoes. Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
      Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step. Yet, I continue to wear them. I get funny looks wearing these shoes. They are looks of sympathy. I can tell in other’s eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs. They never talk about my shoes. To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable. To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them. But, once you put them on, you can never take them off. I now realize I am not the only one who wears these shoes. There are many pairs in this world. Some people are like me and ache daily as they try to walk in them. Some have learned how to walk in them so they don’t hurt quiet as much. Some have worn the shoes so long that day’s will go by before they think about how much they hurt. No parent deserves to wear these shoes. Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger person. These shoes have given me the strength to do anything. They have made me who I am. I will forever walk in the shoes of a parent who has lost their beloved child.

    43. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Softly the leaves of memories fall, gently I gather and treasure them all, no length of time can take away, my thoughts of you from day to day, whatever else I fail to do, I never fail to think of you Dave.

    44. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      When a loved one dies, life crumbles to earth. All the things we own appears of little worth. Ambition has no meaning, even pride does not exist, for each thought and emotion centers around the one so missed. We must not spoil a memory because we are bereft, living out in bitterness the time we have left. For live goes on, just as destiny is designed, because no one knows why one is taken and the other is left behind.

    45. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      My Dearest Family and Friends….I wish you all the best, now it’s time for rest….

    46. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Sadly missed along life’s way, quietly remembered every day. No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you’re always there.

    47. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      GOd gives us all a little time, that time goes by so fast. We’re told it is only borrowed, we know it won’t last. And before we know it a lifetime has unfurled. Then He takes us back again to another world. But GOD is never selfish. He nurses us with love, until we meet again in His Garden above.

    48. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Remember me when flowers bloom early in the Spring. Remember me on the sunny days in the fun that Summer brings. Remember me in the Fall as you walk through leaves of gold. And in the Wintertime remember me in the stories that are told. But most of all remember each day–right from the start. I will be forever near for I will live within your hearts.

    49. David R Hurst June 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

      May the grace of God, the love of Jesus, and the peace of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family forever.

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