Tributes & Vigils Category: US Army


    1. David B Williams May 14, 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.

    2. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      TAPS the most beautiful bugle call, known as the most eloquent of all. Not only to signal the day is done, but to say goodbye, to a comrade, brother, or son. A melody so hauntingly profound, a piercing yet peaceful sound. Sounded over every soldier’s grave, to honor those who were so brave. Soldiers raise their hands to their caps, saluting the fallen as the bugler plays TAPS. Rifles are fired in the sky, to say farewell to another American G.I. Listening to the bugle play, reminds us of the price they had to pay. The sound is bittersweet, letting go of a hero, to someday again meet. Nothing is more touching perhaps, or can render emotion like the call of TAPS. You can hear the bugle weep, where men of valor sleep. Tears from a bugle fall, as TAPS is played, for the heroes who gave their all.—Ed Meyer, U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Officer ( WWII Veteran) Louisville, Ky.

    3. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Empty Boots…Dog tags over boots laced up, a bayonet stabs the ground. Kevlar perched on a 16 butt, fellow soldiers gather around…..Warriors in their battle gear, weapons at their side. Bow their heads as words are said, to honor one who died….An American hero gave his life defending liberty. The price he paid was gladly done, for country and family…..Those empty boots do not support a body or soul. No more they’ll run for cover or some loved one dear to hold…..As one by one, soldiers pass, this tribute to their own. Thoughts fly to their families across the foam….Now salute as TAPS is played, blink tears out of eyes. The ache you feel inside your heart is Freedom’s painful price……William E. Meyer U.S. Army Sgt. Retired, Louisville Ky.

    4. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Heaven’s Heroes…..Don’t cry for me as I lie in repose, dying for freedom is what I chose.~~There isn’t any pain or suffering anymore, because I’ve walked through Heaven’s Door.~~ Here everything is brand new, I’m with my brothers, who were proud to die for freedom too.~~As you stand before me don’t weep, it is just my body that is asleep.~~My spirits soar high above, where I’m surrounded by Angel’s and GOD’s love.~~Thank you for the respects that you pay, I just wanted you to know, I’ve gone home today.~~My job here on earth is done, and my life in Heaven has just begun.

    5. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Grief like the ocean, comes in waves only to recede and come yet again. But with it comes healing. Memories wash ashore and are bathed by the golden sun. Grab hold of these memories and let them fill the emptiness and bring you peace.
      ~~Jim Carson ( U.S. Navy Retired WWII Veteran) Louisville, Ky.

    6. David B Williams April 2, 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 that 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 walk so much. Some have worn the shoes so long that day’s will go by before they think about how much they hurt. No mother deserves to wear these shoes. Yet, because of these shoes I am a stonger person. These shoes have given me strength to face anything. They have made me who I am. I will forever walk in the shoes of a mother who has lost their child.~~My heart goes out to you. I also walk in your shoes~~ May GOD hold you tightly in his loving embrace tonight and every single night for the rest of your life.~~Cordie Griffin Louisville, Ky.

    7. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Don’t stand by my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awake in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of bird’s in circled flight. I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die.

    8. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      In Memory of Dave a wonderful and kind man…I quiver, I shiver. They tell me the news. I wonder why he chose you. I walk the streets remembering you. No matter what they say, it is till the same. Only you could fill the void. I know you’re okay and feel no pain, but with each passing day, I say a prayer asking GOD to take care of you—Dave was a wonderful friend that I could tell anything and everything. I’m sure gonna miss him.–S. Smith

    9. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Softly the leaves of memories fall, gently you gather and treasure them all. No length of time can take away, your thoughts of Dave from day to day. Whatever else you fail to do, you will never fail to think of your most beloved Dave.~~Margaret Collins Louisville Ky.

    10. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      The measure of a man….Not: ‘ How did he die?” but ” How did he live ?”…..Not : “What did he gain ?” but “What did he give ?”…..Not : ‘ What was his shrine ?’ Nor ” What was his creed ?” But ” Had he befriended those really in need ?”…..Not: ” What did the piece in the paper say ? But ” How many people were sorry that he passed away ?” ” Was he ever ready with a word or good cheer, to bring back a smile, or to banish a tear.”…..These are the units to measure the warmth of a man as a man, regardless of birth.~~George Kessler–U.S. Navy Retired–Louisville, Ky.

    11. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      My Dearest loved ones…There’s no fairy godmother to make my wish come true. No genie in a bottle to bring me to you. No prayer on a fallen star. No magic potion in a jar. But, I can dream and when I do. I dream that I am still there with you.~` I will love you all forever~~Dave

    12. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Pictures fade away but memories last forever.

    13. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Of all life’s gifts, surely the sweetest and most precious is to be loved—simply to be loved.~~ Dave was a true gift to all the knew him.~~

    14. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      I did not live for money, nor the accumulation of material possessions, nor for fleeting pleasures. Rather I lived for that which was priceless, unpossessible, and everlasting—For the love of those who I still love from Heaven above.

    15. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Think of the Tales of David B. Williams—As a tremendous collection of short stories. Now that the collection is complete, and Mr. David B. Williams has retired….You can go back and re-read your favorite chapters again and again and again—in your GOD given memories. I invite you to :
      * Bookmark the good parts-
      * Be sure to look at all of the pretty pictures–
      * And as David would have most certainly insisted–feel free to color outside of the lines.

      Long Live David.

      Yes, David will live forever in the hearts and memories of all that loved him.

    16. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      I know you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart, but I am not so far away. We aren’t really apart. I send you each a special gift from my Heavenly Home above; ” My Undying Love! ” After all, ” Love” is the gift more precious than pure gold. It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

    17. David B Williams April 2, 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.~~ Chloe Coan Louisville, Ky.

    18. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      In Memory of You….. I find an old photograph and see your smile. As I feel your presence anew, I am filled with warmth and my heart remembers love.~~Dave was a wonderful person and a wonderful friend to have~~He loved unconditionally.~~He will be missed tremendously
      ~~Anyone that knew him, were truly blessed with a gift more precious than diamonds or gold.~~ Sleep well my friend.

    19. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away.

    20. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      For all taht knew me, know I have lived a life that has brought me no shame. I have lived and loved. That you can plainly see. I have gone to a better place. So, please don’t grieve for me.

    21. David B Williams April 2, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Success or failure in life isn’t defined by money or position, rather by the people whose life you change through your life, whether for good or ill, true wealth is measured by the people in our lives that love us.

    22. David B Williams April 1, 2008 at 12:00 am

      My name is John Metcalf I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of Sgt Willams. Sgt Thomas Ray was my brother-in law so me and my family know your pain. He will always hold a place of HONOR in my heart and will always be in my prayers. Sgt David Willams is a HERO to you and now to me too. Thank you and god bless

    23. David B Williams March 31, 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.~~Irene Richmond, Louisville, Ky

    24. David B Williams March 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Fill the cracks in your broken heart with fond memories of the past. GOD BLESS YOU ALL~~
      Dorothy Bowling Louisville, Ky.

    25. David B Williams March 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

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

    26. David B Williams March 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Love and Gratitude…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 want to diminish that precious love by one fraction of an ounce. I will hurt, and I will be grateful to take the hurt, for it bears witness to the depth of our meanings, and for that I will be eternally grateful.~~May you always know the joy of giving and receiving love and gratitude.~~Chloe Coan Louisville, Ky.

    27. David B Williams March 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

      No person is ever tuly 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.~~Stevie Coan Louisville, Ky.

    28. David B Williams March 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

      Memories…Within my book of memories, are special thoughts of you, and all the nice things you often say and do.~~As I turn the pages, and recall
      the happiness that knowing you has brought.~~There are memories of the times we’ve shared, both bright and sunny days. There are memories of your kindness and your friendly thoughtful ways.~~And when I recall these memories as I go along life’s way, I find they grow more precious still with each passing day.~~Deepest sympathy to all of you.~~
      Raven Meyer-Coan Louisville, Ky

    29. David B Williams March 31, 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.

    30. David B Williams March 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

      will give
      you wings.

    31. David B Williams March 31, 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 sounds TAPS in the wind, a mournful sound it does send. A reminder to us all, that for freedom, this price was paid, and her sweet young to rest was laid.~~May GOD hold and comfort you tonight and all the nights for the rest of your lives~~Norma Coan
      Louisville, KY.

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