As we approach Independence Day, I pause to honor the families of the “heroes proved,” they who sacrificed their all for the liberties and freedom we hold most dear.
We call those families “Gold Star Families.”
GOLD STAR FAMILIES
These are the Gold Star families I am most closely connected with.
- Brett & Zell Allred, parents of Michael Allred
- Ron & Jody Wood, parents of Ronald Tanner Wood
- Colette Orchard, widow of Clyde Kramme
- Jennie Taylor, widow of Brent Taylor
I cannot fully comprehend what it means to lose a loved one to the horrors of war. Nevertheless, I pledge to never forget them nor their loved ones.
NORTH OGDEN GOLD STAR FAMILY MEMORIAL
I recently had the opportunity to visit Utah’s first Gold Star Family Memorial in North Ogden. Dedicated on August 1, 2020, the memorial honors the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military.
Brent Taylor was the mayor of North Ogden at the time he was deployed with the Utah National Guard to Afghanistan and where he was serving when he was killed in action. His widow, Jennie Taylor, and many others who loved Brent were significantly responsible for raising the funds for this beautiful memorial.
For the Gold Star Families, I share with you a small gift of words. May they grant a small gift of peace, hope, and love, and may your memories forever be beautiful.
Please share with any who you feel will be blessed by my thoughts.
FOR THE GOLD STAR FAMILIES
By Les Patterson
Upon the altars of
Their lives young and
Willingly given as a lasting
By the courageous and the
In honor and eternal
May we forever never
If not for their sworn
Each of us would face the
We stand today in solemn
In frigid weather or sweltering
Even in pristine and ideal
Our circumstances can not be
We live today in protective
Our warriors the price they’ve
Let us honor in respectful
For the sacrifice they have
The burden is forever
By their loved ones left
Our gratitude will never fill their
Nor the best wishes of all
For you the Gold Star
For the pain and anguish of this
The gift of comfort and eternal
For your peace we will forever
Have a great Monday. Thanks for letting me share!
p.s. Take 13 minutes today to remember our Gold Star Families.
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