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Sunday, June 19, 2005

We Remember Fathers

By BonnieBlueFlag

On this Father's Day, Aussiegirl and I would like to remember all of the Fathers who have given their lives, so that we may live free in our beloved United States of America.

Please join us in remembering them today, and the children that they left behind, with a prayer, a thank you, and a moment of reflection as you go about your holiday activities.

A photograph of U.S. Army Sgt. Roberto Arizola, Jr., 31, rests among his service medals, helmet, rifle and a flower next to his coffin as he was laid to rest at the City Cemetery in Laredo, Texas. Arizola was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad June 8, the day before he was scheduled to return home.

Sgt. Robert Arizola, Jr., is survived by his wife, his seven-year old son, and his mother, who said, that her son and grandson loved to pay video games together.


At 6:41 PM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Bonnie, thanks as usual, for this wonderful tribute. How many fathers are not home this Father's Day, and how many will never return. We bow our heads in salute to their ultimate sacrifice -- and our hearts go out to their families. It's almost too heartbreaking to see this photograph and realize how many families are going through the same thing.

At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

I look at Sgt. Arizola's photograph, and am reminded, as I wrote before, of the black and white movie I saw on TV on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, of seeing over and over the same soldier shot and killed just as he jumped into that cold sea from the landing craft, and I feel the same tears welling up in my eyes. Sgt. Arizola didn't fall into the sea, but instead fell into an alien desert far from home, and gave up his tomorrows, like the D-Day soldier gave up his. From the distance of 60 years we can see how necessary D-Day was for Western Civilization, and perhaps how that poor D-Day soldier's death fitted into a grander scheme. It's much too soon to say how, if at all, Sgt. Arizola's untimely death fitted into any sort of grand scheme of things. I fervently hope that all those brave medals, and the tears of his wife and son and mother, will have some greater meaning. Thank you, Bonnie, for this fine photograph and tribute to a brave soldier.


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