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Author Topic: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard  (Read 7163 times)

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In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:14:18 PM »
My son and I went to the internment service for Aaron. Thank you to the family for allowing me to attend such a private ceremony.....it was moving and something I will remember for a long time to come.  I made it a point to take my son, Ben, who is 9. I told him what I knew about Aaron and it will help shape this young man to honor TRUE heroes.  The Patriot guard was out in force and lining the drive with dozens of American flags. There was all the ceremony befitting an Officer and I was moved by it all. There was a moment that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. I was standing out side the chapel and as the bugler was playing "Taps", there was a slight breeze and all you could hear was the crying of a woman inside the chapel.....and then as the high note of taps was played, there was a huge gust of wind that made the flags flap extra hard and loud. It was surreal. It was like a last goodbye. As I said, I was very moved and when I came home I wrote a poem and put it with some video I took at the ceremony.

We Honor you Captain, and may your legacy live on through your family and friends. This is my contribution.   The youtube link for the video is In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard

The poem is as follows:

Today We Watched......

Today we watched, my Son and I
As a grieving family and friends stood by,
To lay to rest a soldier, brave,
How many lives this man to save?

To protect our peace on this country’s land
to bring some peace to foreign sand.
It was not the first time he was called to go
The last it could be, but he didn’t say no.

So today we honor him and his friend
For giving of themselves until the end
End! You say? I say “No!”
The legacy of the man is just beginning to show.

From the love he gave to those he knew
To the passion for ideals to name but a few
These are the things we will cherish the more
When we think of him on that Heavenly shore.

So today as the Taps horn hit the high note
And the wind came rushing out of the north
We pledged one and all to try to forgive
and to copy from him the way we should live.

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013, 08:27:07 PM »
Made me cry for his family......   again.

God bless them.  May they find grace, mercy and peace.
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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013, 08:28:31 PM »
Thank you for posting this..

I keep trying to express my thoughts in words, and I can not...

Aaron, "colockumelk" R.I.P. my friend.  I hope to meet you on the other side in elk camp.
By my honorable conduct as a hunter let me give a good example and teach new hunters principles of honor, so that each new generation can show respect for their god, other hunters and the animals, and enjoy the dignity of the hunt.

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2013, 08:29:26 PM »
Goodbye my friend......

thank you for posting that we were unable to make it over there today.
Sent from a fairy ring

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013, 08:36:51 PM »
that was a nice tribute !
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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013, 08:41:49 PM »
Very nice  :tup:
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In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013, 08:54:43 PM »
If I get drawn for the Colockum cow tag or the Peaches Tag (as rtspring wants to honor with a big bull) I will take that poem with me, recite it in honor of him for protecting my family, your family and our nation!  Thank you for sharing!

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2013, 08:56:34 PM »
If I get drawn for the Colockum cow tag or the Peaches Tag (as rtspring wants to honor with a big bull) I will take that poem with me, recite it in honor of him for protecting my family, your family and our nation!  Thank you for sharing!


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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 09:08:56 PM »
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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 05:47:05 AM »
Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2013, 06:00:31 AM »
Thank you for posting..... 
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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2013, 09:22:24 AM »
I wished I could have greeted more of the huntwa folks who were there.......but it was a very subdued ceremony and it didn't seem appropriate at the time. I saw lots of hunt-wa support in the guestbook and was proud to be there.

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2013, 09:42:35 AM »
bigdave that was beautiful.
I was there as well, and you are right it didn't seem appropriate to chat. Glad you brought your son, I was going to, but didn't.
Wasn't the patriot gaurd just something to behold?

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2013, 09:47:24 AM »
It was spectacular. I talked with my Son about kind of adopting the gravesite and although I know it will be well kept, we would keep it decorated and remembered in the days to come. We are only a few miles away and it is a very reflective peaceful place.

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Re: In Honor of Captain Aaron Blanchard
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2013, 10:05:41 AM »
You should post the poem under one of the stickies as a  tribute for all to read. That is a very touching poem

 

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