Remembering (My) Our Veterans

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag”…. By Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

In my other life before founding Saponifier, I worked in one of our nations largest cemeteries, which also had a very large veterans section.

Although some would view working in a cemetery to be gruesome or gross – I found it to be an honor. I found it an honor to lay to rest the Veterans who devoted their lives for the freedom of many. I found it an honor to manicure their graves and to clean their headstones. I shed many tears while I worked there.

I not only had the honor of burying someone else’s brother, grandparent, aunt or uncle – I was honored to have buried my own brother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and my husband’s parents. With that, I’d like to share *My* Veteran’s with you.

My brother Mark

My brother Mark

My Father

My Father


My Father In-Law

More than a million Patriots stand ready, or are actively defending our nation today. These men and women were not drafted into service, but volunteered to serve. To all of them – Thank You! Thank you for the freedom I have enjoyed by your unselfish sacrifice to our Country.

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4 Responses to “Remembering (My) Our Veterans”
  1. Jen says:

    Amen! A big huge thank you to all veterans! I love the quote by Father Dennis…Indeed it is an honor to see to the last wishes of our loved one’s so intimately.

  2. Ron F. Mitchell, Sr. says:

    This tribute to Veterans is more than welcome: the Editor for Saponifier Magazine (my dear Daughter) in her tribute to my son Mark (deceased) Kathy’s brother, her dad on such a memorable day in America.

    A little history:
    I graduated from eighth grade in June, 1949, enlisted 15 October 1949 in the Army Guard: June,1950 my unit was activated for KOREA Police Action: 22 months hence I was discovered as UNDER-AGE and was honorably discharged: duty, orders, missions, 210 file (military personnel records) were seal as classified until 1968. This part of my life was held as a military ‘secret’ other than the Army National Guard Bureau: Provost Marshal and FBI: no living persons (not even my family) would ever learn of my fraudulent enlistment (as if I were a spy of age 15) the FBI couldn’t believe I lied to serve my Country as a true patriot — You see: WWII had ended and America was high of PATRIOTISM and I was going to offer the highest price (my life) to defend and protect Americas’ homeland.

    The FBI cleared this underage Soldier 1952, I had been threatened prison time by the FBI for my wanton act of ‘fraudulent’ (lying) about my name and age,under the Military Code of Justice for falsifying official government documents.

    138,000 Army Guardsmen were mobilized for Korea: of which 54,246 were killed: 103,284 wounded: 8,177 MIA (Missing In Action).

    The real HEROES are those young soldiers who never came home. May God have mercy on these young warrior’s poor souls (many also underage).

    To Kathy (Editor: [of] Saponifier Magazine ) “Although some would view working in a cemetery to be gruesome or gross – I found it to be an honor. I found it an honor to lay to rest the Veterans who devoted their lives for the freedom of many. I found it an honor to manicure their graves and to clean their headstones. I shed many tears while I worked there“.

    My daughter: today Kathy has paid the HIGHEST tribute to her father and to every Veteran, future, the living and dead that a human could extend a Veteran.

    GOD SPEED!

    A loving Father’s tribute my Daughter, Kathy Tarbox

    (Fmr) SFC (E-7) Ronald F. Mitchell, Sr. 1949 ~ 1958
    U.S. Army National Guard – Korea Theater
    41st Infantry Division: 41st Military Police Company
    Pohang, Korea: Cpl. 1950-1952 — POW Interrogation Detention Camp.

    I’m a life Member of: “VUMS” No. LM2643 (Veterans of Underage Military Service).
    Yes. I’d do it again! ‘Our America is to precious not to serve Her’.

    Now retired: I volunteer as driver for Disabled American Veterans (DAV): some times I too cry when I transport these young men and women to VA Clinics and to the Hospital at Fort Harrison (situated near Helena, Montana) some lost limbs others suffering from shell-shock, I weep knowing just how terrifying war — no boot camp will ever prepare a Soldier or Marine for their ultimate sacrifice of life, limb. some damaged minds that war bring on.

    It is an HONOR to assist these brave warriors who also VOLUNTEERED their services in defense of our America.

    God have mercy on our young Warriors!!

    Respectfully,

    (Ret,) Ronald F. Mitchell, Sr.

  3. Katherine Jane Gavin says:

    My grandfather served in WWI (deceased), my Dad is a WWII veteran and still living, I’m married to a Viet Nam veteran, and my son-in-law is serving his second tour in Iraq. Luckily, they have all been safe to date. I am so proud of them. I also feel the need to help our soldiers solve their flea infestation problems, and have started a program called, “Dog Soap for Dog Tags.” If anyone wants to help or donate, please contact me at gavincurtis@msn.com. Thanks!
    Jane
    The Soap Lady
    Soap for the Soul, LLC

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