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Uncle Bill

A Hero's Salute - Staff Sgt. John Beale

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Killed in action the week before, the body of Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City , Georgia , just south of Atlanta , on June 11, 2009 . The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough , Georgia . A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the ap proximate time. Nowadays one can be led to believe that America no longer respects honor and no longer honors sacrifice outside the military. Be it known that there are many places in this land where people still recognize the courage and impact of total self-sacrifice. Georgia remains one of those graceful places. The link below is a short travelogue of that day's remarkable and painful journey. But only watch this if you wish to have some of your faith in people restored.

A Hero's Salute - Staff Sgt. John Beale

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Very nice Uncle Bill, I have another e-mail that is just the oppisite I should post

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Very touching salute to a soldier that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. That is one impressive show of solidarity that one could only hope would happen here if the worst happened to one of our own.

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Probably one of the most touching thigs I have seen in a long time!

Thank you!

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Great Story Bill.

But, I don't believe in anyway shape or form that

America doesn't care and IMO they/we care more than we ever have..

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Makes you very proud of those who keep us safe here in the U.S.A. Thankyou for posting and thankyou to all who have kept this country the greatest place on earth to live.

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What a salute to a fallen hero. Anyone interested google Operation Minnesota Nice. I am proud to be a member. Now if we just could see 15000 odd hits on this like the "Just for Glenn" thread.

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That was great, thank you Uncle Bill. I would love to see more of these types of things done for our troops. I do agree with Pier that a lot of people do actually care. These Hero's just don't get the attention they deserve.

I would like to send a thank you to all current and retired military personal.

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Most of you that know me know that I spent 20 years in the US Air Force. I was in during the Viet Nam war when lots of folks would sometimes have just as soon spit on us. I joined the Patriot Guard a little over a year ago. When we do Honor Missions it is not about us at all it is all about the Hero that we are laying to rest. We all do it because we want to and not for any type of recoginition. I have been on some of the missions where we escort a fallen hero and let me tell you it is the most awesome feeling in the world! Seeing those people on the sides of the road when we pass has on MANY occasions caused a teer to slip out from under my sunglasses. Thank you to all of you that stand in those lines to Honor a fallen hero. Thank you all who are also part of the Patriot Guard. It's all about Honor, Dignity and Respect. Take care and N Joy the Hunt././Jimbo

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Received this as an e-mail. Although I am not sure if it is true, I wanted to share as a tear did fall from my eye...

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:

'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:

Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special?

Any response would be appreciated.

The response:

Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt.. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.

USAF

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Cool video Bill. Thanks for sharing.

I guess the guy in Arizona felt a little foolish but to his credit he apologized:

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