Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, we’d like to open up the comment section of this post to friends and family members of soldiers. If you’d like to mention their names, where they are, memories, or any way we can pray for them, please feel free. And anyone else who would like to honor soldiers past or present, we wanted to give you that opportunity here.

  • http://baylormum.blogspot.com Shellie (baylormum)

    Great thinking, Barry. I don’t personally have anyone serving, but I must remember to give thanks to those who do serve. They help secure the freedoms we all enjoy. War or no war.

  • WallyfromMichigan

    Thank you mm…and the biggest thank you to those who gave all. God Bless All.

  • Stacey Oldham

    With the Indianapolis 500 and sales at the Mall occurring every Memorial Day weekend, Indiana always focuses on the wrong thing. My dad passed away in 2007. He had served in the Korean War. My brother-in-law, Gary served in Dessert Storm. I can’t thank you enough for bringing the meaning of this weekend to life!

  • john

    Both of my grandfathers served in WWII, one of which has made it to heaven, the other is still around still telling stories. Well my cousin and I are both serving for our country now, Navy and Air Force. Thank you for all of your support!

  • Leslie

    Since I don’t know anyone serving, I tend to forget that other people do. Thank you for reminding me with this beautiful video. God bless our troops and their loved ones.

  • Carol

    Thank you for making that. What a deserving tribute to our men and women serving. Special prayers go out this weekend to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Lord said there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends. God Bless all who are serving and all those who have served in the past. Please remember the soldiers who are living with lifelong disabilities received in war. I have many friends serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. I wish them all God Speed and a safe return home.

  • L.K.

    Nobody close to me is serving currently but I have a cousin who might be heading back (Tho I pray not). As well as a old school friend’s little brother who will be there in a few weeks. It’s awesome what they’re willing to do for all of us. I pray that they (and all the other’s serving) come back safe & soon.

  • http://www.sunnysideofthestreet.squarespace.com Lisa (Sunny Side)

    I don’t have any family members who are serving, but I know people who do. I am so thankful for the service men and women who are willing to sacrifice their time, and their lives, to serve this coutry. Thanks for the reminder. Now, I’m going to watch this video and cry like it always makes me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/esarsenault Elizabeth

    What a beautiful song and a wonderful tribute.

    I have 3 nephews & one brother in the Marines. I have another nephew joining the Marines after he graduates from College.

    I have friends that have sons and daughters in the military as well.

    Whether our soldiers are in Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever our President feels our soldiers are needed, my prayers for their protection and my prayers to their loved ones for peace of mind and comfort.

    God Bless America and God Bless our Soldiers and their loved ones.

    Be safe this holiday weekend and enjoy the freedom our previous and current soldiers have given us.

    Do not take our freedom for granted.

    Freedom comes with a very high price.

  • http://www.dad-sizedchallenge.com jeff

    as a dad with a son at West Point, and knowing he will be deployed in a few years in to battle, this video has special meaning. thanks

  • Dee

    My son is in Kuwait at the moment. He has been there since Feb of this year. He is waiting to be sent back to the states. I can’t wait to see him next month when he come home for the first time in a year. Thanks for your prayers.

  • http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/sharpcrew Christy

    I have a Brother in Law, Phil that is currently in the Army. He has been to Iraq twice and was headed to Afghanistan. I get to worship my Lord, homeschool my kids and have an awesome life because of people like Phil and all the other men and women that do more than just a “job”. I can’t help but to get tears while even typing. I love all of the folks that are out there taking care of us now and the ones that have served in the past. Thank you Phil and everyone else that cares enough to serve. God Bless each of you and just know that prayers are going out for you all.

  • MHaynes

    http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/article/19189/

    Please read this article. It’s about a guy from my hometown. His dad and my mother are cousins. Please pray for him and the other men injured in the explosion.

  • Paisley

    What a great tribute to our military. I pray for each person who is or has served for our country.

    My neighbors (husband and wife) currently serve in the Navy and the husband will be deploying in a year back to Afghanistan. They also have twin 10 year old girls. I pray that his time in Afghanistan will be safe.

    My uncle served in the army and was in the Vietnam war. He has some bad memories of that place that he still does not care to discuss.

  • Donna Coffey

    What a wonderful tribute to our Country’s veterans and those currently serving. Peace be to all and let us not ever forget that Freedom does not come without sacrifices. My husband is an Army vet, and we have many friends who have served or are currently serving – They are all in DC this weekend paying homage to the fallen and forgotten brothers and sisters of the military. God Speed!

  • http://www.cornerstonetravelandmore.com Sean Wray

    As a veteran reflecting on this great weekend, I just wanted to say thank you for your uplifting music but especially
    ‘Finally Home’.

    Songs like this one are a great and helpful tool during trying times as a reminder of what is in store for us as well as an instrument of reflection as so we don’t loose site of what’s important. It’s the small things like this song that get us through tough times and allows us to be comforted in knowing God is with us even in our moments of uncertainty and hurt.

    Thank you

    REMEMBERING: All that have given their last full measure of devotion; but a special prayer goes out to the friends and family of SSG Harold Witzke.
    Died on February 26, 1991 in a firefight outside of Kuwait City during Desert Storm. Awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions.
    Served as part of: HHC 3/67AR (1st Tiger Brigade) 2AD

    You are never forgotten

  • Lou

    I have 2 step-sons currently in boot camp. Pray for wisdom and knowledge while in training, and courage to continue when they are finished with training.

  • Daniel Holtman

    I don’t have any family directly in the war but I have a little insight into what some of the families are going through.

    I was fortunate enough to be hired as a contractor for the Army at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas the year following 9/11. I was responsible for the Help Desk at the Command and General’s Staff College and got to meet several of the soldiers who were “stationed” at the college for 1 or 2 years and became good friends. Several of the men and women that I met received orders that they were heading to Iraq or Afghanistan following their graduation from the college. All of these soldiers were the most incredible kindest dedicated people I have ever met in my life. I will never really know which ones made it home and who didn’t but I am always so extremely grateful and thankful for their service to our country.

    Thank you to all those who served and to the families who stayed behind to pray. God Bless you All, and my families prayers go with you and yours.

  • Eileen

    My son is joining the Navy next weekend. I ask that the LORD keep all the men and women that serve this country safe and bring them all home soon.

  • http://millerhq.blogspot.com Tomara

    My husband has served 9 years (today) on active duty. Three deployments to Iraq included two children born while he was gone. You’re song and video are beautiful and make me cry just thinking about his three homecomings. Thank you! And, thank you to all servicemen past and present!

  • http://homepage.mac.com/deesigns/PhotoAlbum1.html Dee

    Thank you 32nd Brigade Red Arrows of Wisconsin…Marcus Sulskis…you are much appreciated and loved. Thank you to all who have served and to those families of our loved ones who gave all.

    No greater love has a man than he lay down his life for his friends.

    The Wingfield Family of New Port Richey, Florida

  • Suzy Harder

    I have 2 brothers currently serving. One is in the US Navy 16 years… will be home in 2 months. The other just served a year in Iraq for The US Army. He came home just 3 short days ago. I’m so very proud of them both. Your song is such a wonderful tribute. THank you for all you do. God Bless You adn God Bless America
    ~Suzy
    Puyallup, WA.

  • Sheryl

    I have quite a few people that I know who are actively serving and several who have had 2 or more tours. I know someone mentioned that with the sales and everything else this weekend, it sometimes slips by exactly what this is really all about. My grandpa served in 2 wars and I have many other relatives that did the same. I am very thankful for those who have gone before me and those serving now – without them I could not live in a free country. I also want to thank Jesus for giving up his life so I could have the ultimate freedom. Thanks for using your song to make an appropriate tribute!

  • http://- Lily

    I don’t know anybody who is serving. My uncle did in WWII. He was from USA and we live in The Netherlands. It has always been an impact on his life.
    The video is beautiful and it makes clear what kind of people you are. Respectful, thoughtful.
    We are praying lately for those who serve. Just heard someone got killed from the British Army. Must be frightening for the family to see somebody at their door knowing something is wrong.
    Praying also for the population in the countries where they are serving.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you, MercyMe…
    And thank you from the bottom of my FREE Heart and Soul to each and every person who serves, past present and future, to keep our country FREE. To my Husband, sister, 2 brothers, brother in law, nephew, cousin, uncle and countless friends…
    Thank You Thank You THANK YOU!

  • Marcia

    Thank you for bringing the true meaning of Memorial Day. My son who is from Greenville, TX is a combat medic in Afghanistan right now and all our thoughts and prayers are with all the military today….he is our hero.

  • DeeDee

    I live in a place with an Air Force base, so the military is a big part of the community here. I don’t think we could ever say enough thank yous to the men and women who serve, especially to those who serve/have served in times of conflict. I appreciate the sacrifices these folks have made…missing births, birthdays, anniversaries, and more of their family’s lives…they are truly amazing people.

    To our military and veterans: God bless you!

  • http://glovesjesus2008.blogspot.com/ Gillian

    My nephew just went to Afghanistan. His name is Kevin. Thanks for doing this, Barry. I love the USA, and appreciate everything our armed forces are doing to protect my freedoms. A BIG, heartfelt THANKS to all of them.

  • Barbara Ratliff

    In memory of my dad, Lt. Col. Donald Moats USAF Ret., for all the years of service to his country and all the years being the best dad in the world. I can’t wait to see him when we are all finally home- in Heaven.

  • Marty Jones

    Thank you to all the men and women who have given their all to provide the freedom and security we enjoy. God bless all of you who are currently serving and may He keep you safe until you come home. We will never never forget your sacrifice!

  • Lisa

    I just want to say thank you to all the men and women who serve our country! I also want to thank the men and women that are left behind to take of everything at home while their loved one serve. I’m sure it is not easy. You are all appreciated very much, God bless and come home soon.

  • http://www.TheRomanceofCandles.com Jeane’ E. Bennett

    We want to give a heartfelt thank you to our lovely daughter and sister, Staff Sgt. Cinnamon T. Chambers. She served one year in Iraq and to the Grace of God, she came back safely. She is now a Drill Sgt. at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. We are so very proud of her and all the accomplishments she has mad and continues to make. She always strives to be the best. She is our hero.
    Baby girl, we are so very proud of you.

    Love you,

    Mom, Dad, Brother, and niece on the way.

  • Amy

    I just want to say a big “Thank you” to our military men and women for their service and dedication. Hugs and Happy Memorial Day!

  • Betsy Fladung

    I would like to honor the memory of Brett Michael Hershey who gave his life serving the Lord in the Indiana National Guard in Afghanistan March 26, 2005 at the age of 23. http://www.rememberhersh.com/

  • Major Tim Tolosa, USAF(ret)

    Thanks for remembering what this special day is all about. Many people just don’t understand the fact that Memorial Day is about those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom! Whether they died in the heat of battle, or in garrrison lying in their bunk, or on their way home…almost home…they paid the price, because they wore the uniform. I served for 24 years before I retired, and i still miss the incredible sense of pride I felt when I put my uniform on each day to go serve the people of the greatest country on earth. I thank God that he gave me the privilege, and now take great pride in the fact that my son serves as a Staff Sergeant in the USAF, and has decided to make it a career. A career of serving others…realizing that some day, he may be called on to pay the ultimate price. But, the comforting thing is KNOWING that if he does…he will really go HOME…home to be with our Lord. Thanks for the great song!

  • angelpoo12

    Salute to all the troops May the Lord Protect you and Keep you. A lot of my family is from a Military Back ground. my thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Dana McLean

    My husband was injured in Iraq on Good Friday 2004. Thank God he survived and is now home to see his son grow up. Too many didnt make it. Pray for their families!!! Always remember that Freedom is NOT free!!!

  • http://www.3xlife.blogspot.com Michelle B.

    My three brothers:

    John Pedersen–retired Air Force

    Mike Pedersen–served in Army

    Gary Tillery– re-enlisting in the Marines (was in Iraq long, long time! Praying he won’t have to go back or to Afghanistan)

    A friend:

    John Dobmeyer—in Air Force; was just married today!

    A distant relative:

    Jesse Tillery–killed in Iraq, December 2, 2006

  • http://www.whatsthislifefor.org Toby

    My wife is active duty Army and we are currently stationed in Germany. We are blessed to be home in Indiana for a few weeks, but appreciate and pray for all of those serving around the world.

  • http://www.diabeticizme.com Cherise

    Wow! My husband Master Sgt. Scott Shockley (United States Amry) is currently on his second tour in Iraq. He’s been away since March and this is the first time I actually had the chance to sit and cry. You video is actually what brought the tears on; I’ve been wanting to cry for sometime but I haven’t had the chance too! I have to be strong for my 3 year old dtr, she cries herself to sleep sometimes–crying for her daddy, all I can do is say it’ll be ok, he’ll be home soon. It was different the first time around, we didn’t have our dtr. She ask when he is coming home when I pick her up from school. When she eats pizza she wants to save him a slice. She eats the same cereal everyday, not because she likes it—she eat’s it because it’s “daddy’s cereal”. I try explaining he’ll be back in a few months but she doesn’t understand. Today we went to dinner and she tried to save ketchup for her daddy. I love my Husband. I miss my Soldier and can’t wait for him to come home. I know God is watching over him. I love this song! I love the video, it hit’s so close to home.

    Master Sgt. Scott Shockley- Iraq
    Master Sgt. Sylverstor Ishmael-Iraq
    SFC Pierce Gilbert III-Ft. McCoy, WI
    2LT Patrick Mast-WI
    Major Christopher Baer-Ohio
    Capt. Cynthia Lenley-MO
    Staff Sgt-Eboni Avery

    Active Duty or Reservist YOU ALL ROCK! Thank you for defending our country and fighting for our freedom. America would not be what it is today w/o the sacrifices you make on a daily bases.

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  • Matt

    I just got home a week ago from Kuwait/Iraq. This video compilation meant a lot. Thank you guys. There are many more in my shoes that think upon your prayers and support often.

  • Denise

    My son, Steven, serving in the United States Coast Guard, BM, my father, served United States Navy, Seabees, First Class Petty Officer. God bless our military!

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KILLYSGRL NOEMI CAMPOS

    GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR WORK. THIS VIDEO REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF MY BELOVED BROTHER RIP SSG JUAN F CAMPOS…IT REMINDS ME OF THE TIMES HE COME HOME AND WE WAIT FOR HIM AT THE AIRPORT….BROUGHT BACK TEARS AND MEMORY……………….

  • http://www.KathrynTaxman.com Kathryn Taxman

    Pray constantly, Love every day,,,the Men and Women who safeguard our Country here and around the World. I used to fly the troops overseas in the 80’s & 90’s, those are the most memorable of all my travels…I love and miss them very much, they will live in my heart forever…for ‘they’ are the real ‘Angels’ at work….In loving regards, Kathryn from Miami

  • Brad

    Jack Harman, father-in-law. Served in the Korean War. Passed away May 8th. Jack is Finally Home.
    Joseph Bowers, grandfather, killed in Okinawa in 1944 when my mom was 4 years old.

  • http://Www.liveyounglaughhard.blogspot.com Keli

    My cousins…Ryan Phillips, Jason Whitaker and Mark Creviston. Also my Papa who served, Ray Ridenour. God bless all of you and thank you for your bravery!

  • Kimberly

    Friends…Andrew – Marines (soon to be deployed to Afghanistan), David – Navy (currently deployed in Western Pacific)

  • http://twitter Tamara

    I would like to recognize my Uncle Leland Durbin who served in Vietnam! He is in the hospital right now and in need of some major prayers. I know God is in control!
    Mike Bigner-my dad was a navy man
    Harold Barron-my grandfather was in the air force

    Thank you for all the Men and women in our military, you are a blessing.

  • http://twitter.com/Peachyc76 Christina

    Thank you so much for doing this.. What a Great way to say Thanks and Support our Troops! My Husband Jonathan McCullouch is not currently serving overseas! He is currently serving Stateside. But has served overseas Many of times and I think our time is coming real soon. Thank you to all our Men and Women in the Military for all you do.. It’s a TOUGH job and we appreciate all you do for us..

    Christina McCullouch

  • Kerri

    My brother, Christian Garcie is serving in the Air Force in the middle east. He has two toddlers here in the states that miss him a lot!

  • Eric

    Thanks to Jeremy Edwards who is in Iraq and to all of our other soldiers who are protecting our freedom.

  • Jaime and Connie

    Jaime’s younger brother Gary is a Captain in the Air Force as a nurse anesthetist. He has served two tours in Iraq, and has helped save the lives of many of the wounded, both American and Iraqis. At home, he has a wife and four children. He is a great husband and father to them – taking time to spend with them on vacations and at home with his wife and children. His wife, Kristi, is a strong woman who holds it together when he is out serving. Gary had completed his commitment this past year, and after prayer and consideration, he re-enlisted with the Special Forces to serve another term. We are very proud of Gary and thank him, and all of our service men and women, and their families, for all they do for our country.

  • Alyssa

    this is such a great video and it touches many hearts. My dad isn’t a soldier, but a pilot. He’s in Baghdad right now and won’t be back until late November. I have three other sisters besides myself and my mom just seems so busy. I’d be so greatful if you prayed for us and families that have family members or friends that are deployed. Thank you and God Bless!

  • Adam Prose

    Family would include both Grandfathers (Carl Cox, ret., Bob Prose, ret.) in the Army and a cousin (Dwayne Fuller) in the Navy.

    Friends would include Doug Goschke, ret. and Raymond Smith, ret. in the Marines, Scott Brubaker, ret. in the Navy, Jimmy, David, Josh in the Army.

  • Tammy

    Please pray for my dear friend’s son Brandon. Please pray for strength for my friend Sue… Brandon is her baby and she is having a difficult time. Brandon is in training preparing to deploy for Afghanistan. God’s blessings to all our soldiers. Thank you to all past and present serving.

  • Bev Gardner

    Thank you so much for honoring our troops, past and present. My grandfather, Edward Vines, and my father-in-law, Roy Gardner, served in WWII; my uncles, Eddy Vines, David Vines, and Walter Vest served in Vietnam. I have always been very proud of them, and all servicemen and women, for their service to our country. Let us always remember, freedom isn’t free! God bless them all.

  • Bobby

    i have three sons serveing in the marine corp 1 tim in 29 plams cail. and 2 in Lubbock tx Heath & Michael the 2 are leaveing wed may 27 for training and will be shipping out to Irac in a few days please pray for them and all our troops

  • Katie

    JOSHUA DILLON – Brother, US ARMY
    ROB GRAHAM – Cousin, US Marine Corps
    ZACK SMELTZ – Cousin, US ARMY
    MATT SMELTZ – Cousin, US ARMY

    BOB DILLON – Uncle, Vietnam Vet.
    JAMES R. DILLON – Grandfather, US NAVY Vet.
    ROBERT GRAHAM SR. – Uncle, US NAVY Vet.

  • http://twitter.com Alicia

    My big brother is on his second tour in Iraq. He’s an amazing guy & I’m so proud of him! Love you Jeremiah, & I pray for you everyday! Thanks to all of our troops.

  • Amy

    In Honor of Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Seale, his family and friends. He was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 6, 2006. Remembered as a sweet man who was willing to help anyone. He will always be remembered in the hearts of those who knew him. Thank you Stephen for your dedication and giving your life so that we may live in peace.

  • Alesha

    My husband is active duty Air Force. We have not been through any deployments yet, but I know that it could happen any day now and I am so thankful for those who are deployed so my husband can be home. I would like to thank all military members past and present, but I would also like to thank my fellow military spouses for being the backbone of the military. Happy memorial day!

  • mirasaurosrex

    My Grandpa and Almost all of my Fathers brothers served in WWII and Vietnam….

  • http://www.candidchatter.wordpress.com Heidi Reed

    I can never make it through this song without bawling. I almost… almost… didn’t click on it because I knew.

    My cousin gave the ultimate sacrifice on Mother’s Day 2005. He was just shy of his 20th birthday. Today, his younger brother serves our great country. Even after losing his brother, he enlisted. It’s men like that who serve in our military. Amazing heroes.

    God bless America. God bless all the people who give their lives for our freedom. God bless the families who miss them so much. God bless you guys, for the song of the century that means so much on so many levels.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.libertysarmy.com/ Doug Preston

    America’s freedom is a sacred trust. Our family has a traditional love affair with America and has always answered when call to arms has sounded. My Dad and his three brothers as well as two more uncles and an aunt all served in WWII. My namesake uncle was wounded on Iwo Jima and medically discharged before he was old enough to join. He was only 16. It profoundly affected the remainder of his life. Another Uncle served in Korea, my brother served in the hot seat of the cold war and I served in SE Asia including Vietnam. I remember the great feeling as I refused to accept combat pay for my visits to Vietnam. I know what those who were actually engaged in combat endured and would never compare my small sacrifice to theirs. I am proud of my family and my country.

    Our freedom is a stewardship. It was purchased with the blood of our ancestors and passed on to us as a sacred trust. We absolutely must not break the chain. Shame on the generation who looses the precious freedom due to apathy, failing to preserve it for their progeny. I hope I am long dead if that ever happens! America was intended to live forever free!

  • Gabby

    My college swim coach is currently in Iraq as a commander for an EOD company. Please keep him and his wife in your prayers! They are an amazing couple who love the Lord and I know Coach is a strong witness where he’s at.

  • Kellin Mackey

    This was absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for making it. God Bless, and thank you again.

  • http://www.magnessfamilymayhem.blogspot.com Rebecca Magness

    I am the Proud Navy Wife of PS1 Greg Magness, USN.

    I just wanted to give a Thank You to our Soldier’s, Sailor’s, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Firemen, and Police Officers who serve us everyday, not because they are forced to, but because they want to!

    I love you all! You are the people that make my country safe for my children and I to live in.

    Here are some people that I hold near and dear to my heart:
    My Husband and Father of my Children: PS1 Greg Magness, USN

    LCPL Donald “Bubba” Tudor, US Marines- A Dear Friend who I grew up with and is like a brother. currently deployed to Iraq

    John Guill, US Army- A Dear Friend who is getting ready to be deployed to Afghanistan

    I <3 you all!
    Happy Memorial Day!
    ~Becky Magness, Proud Navy Wife

  • Mary

    Our pastor Pete is in the reserves and is being called into active duty in Afganistan this August.Our small church will be without our pastor and his new wife of less than 2 years will be left at home with her young daughter.We owe more to these soldiers and their families than words could ever express.So dont just take one day to pray for and recoginize these heros do it everyday!God Bless the USA!

  • Cel

    Please remember Raul Martinez and all the soliders that were his friends who lost their lives fighting in the Vietnam war. Please cotinue to bless each soldier, past and present, that has fought for our country.

  • Janet Evans

    Today our family is remembering….

    My Grandfather, John Lasater-WW1 (deceased 1960)
    My Daddy, John Vank-WW2 Army (deceased 2005)
    My Uncle, Ernest Vank-Korean War-Navy
    My Brother-in-law, Mike Wallace-Vietnam Conflict-Army
    My Nephew, Michael Wallace-Operation Desert Storm-Air Force
    My Uncle, Charles White-Air Force (deceased)
    My Husband, David Evans-Army served 4 1/2 years but not during war time.
    There are other relatives who served but, I do not know in what branch or there names.

    I am so thankful for these men in my family and those in others families who have fought for our freedom and the sacrifices that their families make by being away from them at times.

  • Bob

    Vic and Sam, be safe out there and God Bless…you are missed and loved.

    To all of you who are serving or have served: Thank you.

  • Stacey

    My best friend Taylor, having already served one tour in Iraq is now serving with the Marines in Japan. My friend’s husband Brandon is serving our country with the Navy in Bahrain!! God Bless them and all troops!

  • George Martin

    To all who have served and are currently serving, THANK YOU!!!! We can never adequately express the deep appreciation for your sacrifice. I am proud to be the son of a former Air Force Sergeant who served in Vietnam. I am also the proud parent of National Guardsman here in Texas. For those families out there who have lost some one that you love in defense of our nation, THANK YOU. Your loved one has paid the ultimate price to preserve freedom both here and abroad. May God hold you in His loving hand and give you comfort.

  • http://MercyMe.org Denice

    Our son Tom is stationed stateside full time with the Air National Guard.

  • Shari Syron

    Our son Caleb is serving in the US Coast Guard.

  • http://www.fthmarketing.com David

    Derek Stenroos.

    Your life and death was not in vain. God always has a plan.

    Thanks to all who serve.

    David

  • http://lattejust4me.blogspot.com Cathy Davis

    With our heavenly Father:
    My two grandfathers: Leon M and Sterling J.
    My brother: Joey M.
    My husband’s best friend: Rocky Speaks

    My husband, James, who is currently serving our country in the US Army and is about to deploy for the second time to Kuwait.

    There are countless others but these are the ones nearest to my heart.

  • http://www.shepherd03.blogspot.com Paige Shepherd

    My husband, Sgt Mark Shepherd (Army), is currently serving his 3rd year long tour to Iraq. He should be home in the Fall.
    Our daughters and I thank you for a song like “Finally Home” to be a reminder to us that he soon will be home.
    Thank you for your prayers and for the men of God that you guys are.

  • Waynette Stotts

    My niece Dusti Lynn Fetters and her brother, Dan are both serving. Dusti in Iraq and Dan will be in Afgan in October. Please pray pray pray for our troops!

  • Nana, Dell

    Thanks to the names listed for all they did that we might have peace and freedom and we can’t say enough for all you did.

    RVI Riley Moore- Soldier I adopted as my soldier from our church, went to Iraq and did not come home when the other did, stayed to serve again. As far as I know he is home now.
    Richard Lindsey – Retired National Guard, who we lost to illness 3-04, my brother, also my brother Don Lindsey , Retired National Guard, my nephew, Donald Lindsey Jr, Retired National Guard, my brother-in-law, Richard Krodle served 37 yrs,full time,now retired National Guard, my husband, Bob Duncan, Ed Gardnar, Billy Craig, Joe McKay, Ray Lindsey, Ted Lindsey, John Lindsey, Marvin Flowers, Eulus Wayne Smith. Please pray pray for our troops that all will come home & their families.

  • lisa rau

    My husband is Raymond Rau and this is his 4th deployment. Please pray for him to come home safe. lisa

  • The Finnemores’

    My stepson is headed home to Maine (we believe) from his 2nd and last tour of Iraq – we’ve seen how fast he’s had to grow up these past 4 years. We just pray….every day…….

  • Tiana

    I love this song but it reminds me of my aunt who just passed away 2 days ago and my mom just told me today

  • Corinne

    I also have a son in the Coast Guard. For those who might not think it, these men and women are on the front line of the defense of our country every day. Today my son is boarding shrimp boats to make sure their catch is legal, the boat is legal and safe and that all the people on them are also legal residents of the United States. Last week, he went on a search and recovery where he and his boat pulled a dead body of a man that had been swept out to sea out of the water and brought it back to his family at the base.

  • http://www.twitter.com/franchescamoore Franchesca

    Wow, that utterly beautiful, peaceful and serene. I think I’ve heard this song on the radio before and it’s so lovely. Thanks, MM.

  • Heidi

    My nephew Levi Stanley is currently serving in Iraq in the U.S. Army. It is so hard to think of that sweet innocent boy who has barely ever traveled outside of the state of Montana, now so far away and so alone in so many ways. It is great they have the comraderie of one another. However each and everyone of them had to seperate from their near and dear. I would like to ask anyone who reads this to say a quick prayer that Levi will come home safely and emotionally sound. I believe he will but prayer is always helpful. Thank you.

  • david roland

    A Day of Remembrance 5-25-2009

    Memorial day is upon us, it’s time for those who enjoy freedom to Honor those who made it possible. We the free must lay aside our political differences, give Honor where Honor is due, and say thanks to the men and women of the armed forces of the United States Of America, and any other nation who fought to protect life, liberty and our right to enjoy freedom here in America and around the world.

    To those who protest war and violence, please lay your banner of hate down this day, and open your heart to remember those who no longer can speak as you! They are silent in the grave, yet the cross and the flag above their tomb speak words louder than you all.
    There words are:” I fought for you, faces I’ll never see, names I’ll never know, freedoms I can no longer enjoy, family gatherings I can no longer attend, I died for you but not in vain, my life may have ended on the field of honor in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, Korea Vietnam, or in the Middle East or where ever I was called to serve yet I did not die in vain, you still have your freedom, your family, your rights to protest but I am at rest. There is a day coming were I will rise from my slumber and stand before Almighty God, waiting to here WELL DONE, you may not like war neither do those who have to fight to protect you and your freedoms, but it is the price I had to pay. I have no regrets, and I would not have changed my mind knowing this is where I lay; I would have done it over and over again just for YOU”. Remember Freedom Isn’t Free!

    To the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who with teary eyes sent their family member to war knowing they may never come home alive I say thank you your gift you gave to America was great and no medal of honor could ever replace your loss, nor can their memory be removed from your heart, their flag draped casket serves as a reminder to those who remain we must honor the fallen and those who still serve today. A soldier knows day to day on the battlefield that it may be their last yet they still fight to protect those who remain at home, and those they are liberating, freedom has always come with a price, that price is LIFE for a life.

    To the soldiers who remain today from yesterdays wars, who seen their buddy’s life end on the battlefield, my heart goes out to you! Many of you no matter where you served put your life in harms way to protect me my family and many generations to come, no words spoken can ever repay you for your courage your valor or your commitment to serve the Nations of the World and us here in America. Many of you came home disfigured from war; many of you bear the scares in your heart the things you seen the friends you lost, we who were not there cannot imagine what you went through but we can Honor you for your faithfulness and your heroism, we can Honor your day and the flag you served under. America can with grateful hearts remember this day with family and friends parades and picnics those who serve have served and those who have fallen who made freedom possible today.

    To those who enjoy freedom this is what I say: when you enter your house of worship keep those who make freedom possible a prayer in your heart and on your lips, don’t desecrate our flag don’t speak evil of those who serve, for as there is day and night hot and cold, summer and winter there will be those who wish evil on this Nation and all those who want freedom. That is why there are men and women of the armed services protecting not just those in America, but many around the globe, driving back the evil and making a stand we will not be forced to bow to their threats or aggressions, but will establish freedom for all who seek it and all who appreciate it. Our soldiers are more than warriors they are humanitarians, rescuers of those who are destitute and broken, but above all they are American Soldiers who have a heart and soul like you and I, honor them this day, as the day of remembrance. And finally to the parents of young children don’t forget to teach them the true meaning of this day that they may honor those to whom Honor is due. Thank you and God bless America.

    David Roland
    Kirkland, IL

  • JJ

    Thanks so much Mercy Me,
    you are a great inspiration to us all and remind us how great God is even during times of trial. My Hubby is across the world tonight and we saw you live today at Busch Gardens. Though he couldn’t join us for the Glory at the Gardens Concert today, he will appreciate this video as much as my Daughter and I appreciated seeing you live.

    I pray God continues to bless you, your families and thank you for your commitments which separate you from your families at times. I also pray for those Military families who’ve lost their loved one and they won’t be coming home but will be “going home up there” before they see each other again.

    In His name

  • Laura

    Son – Andrew USMC currently deployed in Al Asad, Iraq
    Son – Phillip US Air Force currently deployed in Kuwait

  • http://www.imatter.squarespace.com JP in North Texas

    MM thanks from a retired cavalry officer. Beautiful video reminding me of homecomings in my past and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coasties, and their families serving today. Thank you all and God Bless.

  • Jennifer

    My husband, HM1 William (Billy) Mitchell is preparing for deployment with his unit Lima Co., 3d Bn, 24th Marines from Johnson City, TN. They are at Camp Pendleton, CA right now and expect to deploy by the end of September. Some of the guys are coming home over July 4th.

    Pray for them as they train and prepare to deploy. They will be home hopefully sometime next May. God is doing great and mighty things in this unit. Please pray for it to continue.

    No matter what your feelings are on this war, we as Christians must remember the awesome responsibility that Christ has given us to spread His Gospel. These men and women are making it possible for others to go into these once closed nations and preach the Gospel to a people who have never heard the name Jesus Christ, let alone know Him as their personal Saviour.

  • http://crowngiftstore.com/ministry Ronald W. Crawford, Sr.

    Chuck Hollingsworth, USMC – Nephew
    Matthew Rich, USMC – Nephew
    Ronald Brown, US Army – Step-son
    Michael Carwile, US Army – 2nd Cousin
    Kristin Carwile-Parsons, USAF – 2nd Cousin
    Jason Parsons, USAF – Kristin’s Husband

    A big thank you to these, and a thank you to all of our men and women who are serving, or who have served, in our armed forces. May God be with each and every one of you, and bless you richly. Thank you.

  • http://Website Nancy

    My Grandfather developed TB after WWI when my Dad was only seven. I never knew him save to know he fought for freedom. My father passed away this past August, himself a WWII vet. He was a scrappy kid who developed into an independent man who said war was hell. My brother is a National Guardsman who has left his family on a number of occasions to serve when he was called. Three generations of Pottberg’s have served this country as well as others I’ve known others who also lay down their lives, leaving family and friends, not knowing if they would ever return. Some feel the false guilt of returning alive, the horrors of war and a frustration that maybe they didn’t do enough. I salute all of you: those who have passed on like my Dad and Grandpa as well as those who did serve and are serving, willing to give all if that was what was required. My son and I pray for you. His Daddy works far from home for weeks at a time and my son often feels abandoned by him. We take those moments to think of your children who miss you terribly and to pray for you all as you are apart one from another. May your children feel His embrace and know their heavenly Father’s love in a way that perhaps they would not have so quickly or deeply if they weren’t missing their Mom or Dad. May the Lord bless and keep all of you as you look to Him.