02 October 2007
Of America & Heroes






































































This post is being used a card for Matt's parents, Terry & Cheryl Blaskowski.
Your comments will be given to them; please post as such.
266 Comments:
Blogger Christine said...
We are so terribly sorry for your loss. May he rest peacefully.

Blogger InTheFastLane said...
My prayers are with you and your family.

Blogger Amy York said...
My thoughts are with your family... Thank you for making the sacrifice you did to help make our country a better place.

Blogger Kellan Rhodes said...
His loss is a loss to our country as well. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. God Bless You.

Blogger Chaotic Joy said...
Our hearts and prayers are with your family during this horrible time. We will always be thankful to Matt for his willingness to serve our country and for the the sacrifice he made. He is a hero to us.

Blogger Bean said...
Terry & Cheryl:
The magnitude of your loss is unimaginable. Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you & your whole family during this time and in the days, months & years to come.

Matt is & forever will be a hero to all of us. The fact that he gave his life for the freedom many Americans take for granted every day...I will be thankful for that for the rest of my days.

May you somehow find some peace with all of this.

Godspeed, Matt.

All my love,
Christine Z.

Anonymous Mary & Frank said...
Terry & Cheryl,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Mary & Frank Z.

Blogger Teryn said...
My thoughts are with you all.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Blogger NotAMeanGirl said...
Your son gave his all so we can have it all. He'll never be forgotten for his courage, his strength or his gift to us all. My prayers and thoughts are with you all but more than that... you have my thanks and my respect.

Tessa

P.S. My 7 year old said this when I explained why I was crying, "But... Momma... he died a good way... for a good reason. He's getting his reward now..."

Out of the mouths of babes.

Blogger B said...
Im so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.

Blogger BetteJo said...
Matt.

A son, a sibling, a father, gone from the here and now but never ever forgotten. Not by his family for sure, but also by those of us who are eternally grateful for the sacrifice made by this selfless soldier, this man, and by his family as well.

Terry & Cheryl - I know you will always be proud of your son, please know there are many many of us who are proud of him too. I wish you peace, love, and offer my prayers.

God Bless~

Blogger canape said...
We have all lost a great hero. You have lost so much more.

Thank you for raising such a brave and selfless son.

Your family is in the thoughts and prayers of my family.

Blogger slouching mom said...
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts are with you. I'm sending you strength and courage to navigate these difficult waters.

Blogger Leslie said...
No One Can Know

No one can know just what you've lost;

No one can understand the cost;
But when you feel your energy drain,

Please count on us to help ease your pain.

Let us help you cope with grief;

We hope with time you'll feel relief.

We can't replace the one who's gone,

But let our concern help you carry on.

(c)Karl and Joanna Fuchs

My condolences and prayers go to your family in this time of grief.

God Bless!

Blogger Ray said...
For the war or not, the loss of any of our men and women in uniform is a time of great sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Matt made a choice that few do in joining the military. He knew possibilities and enlisted anyway. Honor him for that, and respect you, his parent, for the support you gave him.

Ray

(soon to be USAFR Retired)

Blogger Aimee said...
We extend our sincerest prayers and wishes for your family. Thank you, thank you for doing the hardest thing asked of any parent -for giving your beloved son to our country.

You are all in our hearts and prayers.

Blogger Kyla said...
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. He gave his life to protect all of ours. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Blogger Aliki2006 said...
We are all so sorry for your loss.

Please know that he will not be forgotten.

Blogger Pgoodness said...
So, so sorry for your loss. May the knowledge that so many strangers care and thank you for your son and his sacrifice give you some sense of peace in this time of grief.

Blogger Oh, The Joys said...
I am so grateful to your son for choosing to serve. I am so sorry your family has had to suffer this loss. I know he will be terribly missed forever and ever.

May peace come.

Blogger jen said...
there are no words to express the deep honor i feel for your family, the ultimate bravery, the excruciating sacrifices made on behalf of our country.

we are standing beside you in hope and love and peace.

Blogger justabeachkat said...
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your son made a very brave decision to serve his country...our country. What a remarkable gift, which I do not take lightly. I know how brave you must be of him. God bless you.

Hugs!
Kat

Blogger Jonas said...
I can offer no words...only heartfelt sympathy...and tears.

Blogger carrie said...
My god, however painful it may be - just look at all those faces there for him. There for your family. There because of what he was doing for all of us.

Blogger Lara said...
i don't know you, but i thank you for what you've given to the world, and specifically this country. i am just one lucky person to benefit from your and your son's sacrifice. thank you, and know that you are loved by many.

Blogger Lawyer Mama said...
I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that I am thinking of you and your son and all the good he did in this world.

Blogger MamaLee said...
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find a peaceful heart.

Know that Matt will forever be a light to you, your family, and to all of us. The sacrifice he made was selfless and a real tribute to a wonderful man and a wonderful life. A real hero.

Know that he loves you, and that he'll be with you now and forever.

Take good care, and God bless.

Blogger dawn224 said...
Sorry isn't enough to say - but I am, sorry.

Praying for peace for you.

Blogger Orangeblossoms said...
We cannot possibly know your grief, yet our prayers remain with you in your loss and in this time of change. Please know that you are held close by strangers and friends alike.

Blogger Jennifer said...
I am so very sorry for your loss. May you one day find peace, and may the world as well.

Blogger Crow said...
Your son is a hero and I thank God for our soldiers everyday. My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Blogger karla said...
My thoughts are with you and your family.

Below is a beautiful poem someone sent me once. I found it very profound and couldn't resist sharing.

***

Don’t Tell Me

Please don’t tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don’t tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don’t tell me my son is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want him here with me,
Don’t tell me someday I’ll hear his voice, see his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Don’t tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Don’t tell me to face the fact he is gone,
Because denial is something I can’t stop,
Don’t tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don’t tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I’ll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don’t hesitate to say his name,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.
Judi Walker
(In Memory of Shane)
Copyright 1998

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wishing you comfort in your time of grief. You will carry him with you always.

Blogger Janet said...
Your son is a true hero to us all. My thoughts are with you.

Blogger flutter said...
Thank you for your family's service to this nation.

I cannot say that I know how you are feeling right now, but know that my prayers are with you and yours.

Blogger LeBlanc said...
Praise the Lord for true American heroes like him.

Blogger Crystal said...
You are in my prayers.
Peace be with you.

Blogger T with Honey said...
Thank you. I am so grateful that your son served to protect me, my daughter, my family, our country.

God bless you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Blogger crazymumma said...
My deepest condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Blogger Her Grace said...
I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Blogger ALM said...
So very, very sorry.

Blogger Karen said...
My heart and prayers are with you, Terry and Cheryl. We've never met, but I admire you both for raising a son who was so brave to stand up and serve his country. God bless you and your family.

Karen (Colorado)

Blogger niobe said...
Thoughts, prayers, and gratitude. As it is written on the grave markers of the brave men of Ancient Rome: sit sibi terra levis -- may the earth lie lightly upon him.

Blogger Candygirlflies said...
Thinking of you at this very difficult time... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Blogger Heather said...
Your son is a hero.

I am so sorry for your loss--for America's loss.

Blogger painted maypole said...
oh, these pictures say more than I ever could. We all stand with our hand on heart as we say a prayer for your hurting hearts.

Blogger liv said...
Wishing your family peace in this time of loss.

Blogger jtcosby said...
So sorry for your loss. While I can't begin to salve the hurt...please know our family appreciates your family and thank you for our freedom and protection. In Him,
Tamara

Blogger Tabba said...
I am so, so sorry.

Peace. I just wish peace for everyone.

Peace for the family that must pick itself up and move on.

Peace for a soldier who died so tha we may all fall asleep under blankets of freedom.

My heart is with you.

Anonymous Finn said...
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Please know that he is a hero to all. God bless.

I, too, have a Matt. He's two. My heart goes out to your family at this heartwrenching time.
May you find peace.

Blogger Karolee said...
I am sorry for your loss. We love our soldiers and support them in prayer daily.

Blogger Don and Lynn said...
My heart is with you during this sorrowful time! Thank you for raising a TRUE American hero! Your son sacrificed his life so that we may be free. He will never be forgotten! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Blogger FENICLE said...
Words can't replace what you have lost. My thoughts & prayers are with you and my gratitude for how Matt served us all.

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Blogger Lisa Milton said...
I can't imagine there's a thing I could say to make it any better. Wish I could. I'm so sorry.

Blogger Mamma said...
I've written and erased so many words in this little space. For nothing I can say seems appropriate in the face of such a tragedy.

I grieve for you and your family and I hope that you will some day find peace. You and your son will be in my thoughts.

Matt was a brave man.

Blogger RealEstateGirl said...
I came by way of Justabeachkat's blog. I have read your previous posts and am overwhelmed with emotion.

I am so, so sorry. Your story puts a face and a name to this war.

I'm sending thanks to the entire family for their son's sacrifice for my freedom. We take so much for granted.

Godspeed.

Anonymous Kate said...
A thousand arms to wrap around
A thousand hearts to lift you up
From the other side of the world my heart is with you and your family at this time.

Blogger Kari said...
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that your sacrifice and that of your son will be forever honored in my heart. I thank him for what he has done for me and mine. May God comfort you and give you strength and patience until you meet with Matt in heaven.

Anonymous spsb said...
Words aren't adequate enough to express the grief over the loss of a child and they change nothing. Despite that, I wish you peace and my thoughts are with you and everyone who loved your son.

Blogger Sue Doe-Nim said...
Your son is America's son.

Thank you for your service.

Anonymous Tracy said...
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.


In your time of loss, may the comfort of family and friends bolster your spirits and provide you with the foundation you need to get through these sad days.

Your love for your son Matt is surely as timeless as it is endless and nothing can take that away.

All the best.

Blogger Katrina said...
We are so sorry for your loss. My husband and I are both former enlisted and our hearts go out to you and your family. We wish you peace in this very difficult time. Please remember that there are so many of us out here that truly appreciate the job your son did for our country. We are so grateful to him and to you for supporting him as a soldier.

Matt & Katrina

Blogger Christine said...
My little brother was in the first Gulf War; I still have nightmares. We were lucky; he came home relatively unscathed. I know I cannot begin to imagine your pain.

I am now the mother of a son; I send you my love and my promise that I will forever remember your boy.

My heartfelt condolences,
Christine

Blogger jess said...
I am so sorry. My brother is fighting in Iraq and I am so afraid for him but so proud of him as well.

You will be in my prayers as you travel down this difficult road.

Blogger QT said...
Matt gave his life for our country. There is no greater sacrifice than this. My most sincere sympathies to you & your family, and Godspeed, Matt.

Anonymous Nesting Momma said...
I am praying for you and the loss of your hero, our hero. Blessings to you and your family!

Blogger Mary Alice said...
From one military family to another we extend our deepest sympathies and thanks for selfless service.

Blogger Peg said...
Your son is a hero, and it seems that mere condolences are somehow inadequate. Blessings to you, and all whose lives were touched by Matt, may you all one day find peace.

Blogger ExPatSW said...
The pain you are in is unimaginable and my heart goes out to you. May you find some measure of comfort in your memories of your son. His sacrifice will be long remembered.

My deepest sympathies, Paula

Blogger Not a Princess said...
We are so very very sorry for the loss of your son. My prayers are with you and your family. I hope that you can get past your grief to think of Matt, in heaven, doing whatever he loved to do best. All of those people who put the yellow ribbons on their cars do it so that you, the grieving parents, can realize that everyone of us appreciates your son and the job he did. I hope they bring you some small comfort.

Blogger San said...
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you peace.

Blogger Nancy said...
I am from Michigan and the loss of Sgt. Matthew Blaskowski has been in and on the news. The out pour of love and prayers can't equate to the pain of his family.

I hope the awareness that others thank Matt and feel the pain of the family is in some way a comfort.

Peace and thank you to the family of Sgt. Matthew Blaskowski.

Blogger Blog Antagonist said...
A friend of mine died recently fighting a different kind of war (cancer). His wife shared a poem that she found comforting:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your son was a true hero.

Blogger Tonja said...
As a mom of three grown sons, I can not imagine your grief. May the knowledge that so many people feel this loss give you some comfort. You have raised a boy into a man who understood the true meaning of love...serving others. I hope you can still feel a sense of pride through the sense of loss. He is a hero...and a son who learned his parent's lessons well. May God wrap ypu up in comfort and give you peace.

Blessings to your family.

Blogger Nunnie's Attic said...
I am so sorry for your loss. May the love of our Lord embrace you during your time of sorrow to get you through this difficult time. And may your son's soul rest in comfort at the foot of our Lord.

Love,
Julie

Anonymous biodtl said...
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. No matter how I feel about the war, I will always respect those willing to serve. Matt is a hero to more than just your family.

Blogger Christy said...
Remember from Troy

Remember
I will still be here
As long as you hold me
In your memory

Remember
When your dreams have ended
Time can be transcended
Just remember me

I am the one star that keeps burning
So brightly
It is the last light
To fade into the rising sun

I'm with you whenever you tell
My story
For I am all I've done

Remember
I will still be here
As long as you hold me
In your memory
Remember me

I am that warm voice in the cold wind
That whispers
And if you listen
You'll hear me call across the sky

As long as I still can reach out
And touch you
Then I will never die

Remember
I'll never leave you
If you will only
Remember me

Remember
I will still be here
As long as you hold me
In your memory

Remember
When your dreams have ended
Time can be transcended
I live forever
Remember me
Remember me
Remember me


God bless your family.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
There is no love greater than this: that you lay down your life for another.

I am well aware that I walk in freedom today because of your son's life. I am sorry, so very sorry.

Love,
A Family in Montana

Blogger BusyBeeMama said...
Terry & Cheryl,

Thank you for raising a son who loved this country to not just fight for it, but die for it as well. I am truly sorry for your loss. He died as a hero and has the eternal gratitude of myself and my family for doing his part in making this country better. We will keep you in our prayers.

Cassidy R.

Blogger Kris said...
Your son is indeed a hero. Your family's sacrifice will never be forgotten. God Bless.

Blogger Terri said...
my heart aches for all who knew your Matt; I know it doesn't mean much in this situation but I'm sorry for your loss and I hope you can take comfort in these words and well wishes from so many. God Bless.

Anonymous Shawn Golden said...
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. God bless you.

My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to you and yours. My husband and I are both former Army enlisted, and we would like to pay our respects to a fellow soldier and his family. God Bless you all...

Jessica & Matt

Blogger Barb, sfo said...
Words are not enough. But you have my (and my family's) sincere gratitude that your son served his country so honorably and was willing to sacrifice. May God grant him eternal rest and may all of you who mourn his loss be comforted. And may all of us here, who are protected by young men like your son, be forever grateful for their service, hard work, honor and sacrifice.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Prayers for comfort and strenght.

Blogger Lady Liberal said...
Wishing your whole family peace and comfort... I am so sorry.
Lauren

Blogger thirtysomething said...
Prayers of peace during this tragic time of loss. I am so sorry. God Bless.

Blogger Jennifer said...
I don't have adequate words. I am so very, very sorry for your incredible loss

Blogger Meg M. said...
No words can lessen the pain from your loss, so I won't pretend to try. Just know that his life and death were not in vain.
Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.

Blogger mitzh said...
May he rest in peace.

My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. He is truly a hero and an inspiration for us to continue fighting to have a better world, a brighter and peaceful future.

God bless and keep you and your family.

Blogger Sandi McBride said...
All I can think of is that your son must have had great pride in his service to his country. What can anyone say to make things better? Unfortunately, nothing. Just know that our prayers are with you, and our thoughts as well.

Blogger Karen Forest said...
My prayers are with you all.

Blogger christina said...
May God bless your family and your son's life.

Blogger kellyo75 said...
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family. Just know that what he did, he did so unselfishly for all of us!

Blogger Bren said...
My heart goes out to you at your loss. Your brave son who gave his life for his country will be rembered for generations as a hero of our nation. Thank you to him, for my children can sleep in peace at night because of his sacrifice. Thank You for raising this hero.

Blogger TSeipke said...
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this horribly difficult time. Your loss is unimaginable and truely makes many of us stop and realize what we all have and often take for granted every day. Please know that you have many friends, family and those like me that you don't know that are thinking of you, care, and appreciate the choice you and your son made to make our country a better place. For that we thank you and your son deeply!

Blogger The Real Me said...
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your son is a hero.

Blogger deb said...
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Blogger Nadine said...
I so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find peace during this time.

Your son is a hero for his sacrifice for our country and for me personally as a citizen. It's heros like your son that make this world a safer and better place to live. God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.

Blogger Whirlwind said...
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family. Thank you for raising a brave son who gave his life to protect our way of life.

Godspeed.

Blogger dot said...
My heart is heavy with sadness as I read about your loss. Please know that I am very grateful that you and your son were willing to give his life for our freedom. I will forevert be grateful for this unselish act and ultimate sacrifice. Your son is a hero, you are parents of a hero. All I can say is thank-you and may GOd be with you and your family always. dot

Anonymous Emily said...
There are no words, nothing that can be said, to give you comfort, I am sure. Your loss has been tremendous. All we can hope is that being here -- thinking of you right now all around the country and the world -- will honor your son as he should be honored.

Blogger The Holmes said...
My prayers are with you and your family. May your son rest in peace and his memory live on in your hearts.

Blogger Magpie said...
I'm so sorry.

Thinking of you.

I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous Jeff Umstead said...
I'm terribly sorry for your loss. He and all who are or have served our country are true heroes. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous The Frieds said...
We have not forgotten those who, while knowing the danger, volunteer to serve in our armed forces. Nor will we ever. Our condolences.

Blogger Jenny said...
Thanks to your son for his sacrfice and service to us and his country. We are forever indebted.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Blogger Michelle said...
I have tears in my eyes looking at all those pictures of his final homecoming...seeing the people lined the street as his caravan passes. It gave me goosebumps. The tears would be flowing down my face if my 4-yr old daughter wasn't around, but she would ask me why I was sad.

My husband is in the Air Force currently deployed and this touches my heart in so many ways.

I'm so very sorry for your loss, a loss that is just unimaginable, unless you've been through it. My heart aches for your family.

Thank you to your son Matt for his selfless service to our country and I'm deeply sorry he paid the ultimate sacrafice. My prayers are with you.

Blogger MP said...
I didn't know Matthew but I am very proud and very sad and very greatful for his service to our country. I will pray for your family and friends. You have a very wonderful community to come out and support the family.

Blogger Lauren said...
My hearts and prayers are with this family. I couldn't begin to imagine their pain. I am sorry for their loss.

It takes a very special person to serve in the military and my family is so very grateful to those that choose to risk everything for us. Thank you!

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this most painful time. Just know that many of us support the troops & their continued valiant efforts in defending our country.

Best regards,
Rhoda

Blogger b*babbler said...
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous Becky H said...
my freedom comes from the men and women of our military. I promise to never forget the sacrifice you, and others have made for my family, even though we have never crossed paths. I won`t forget.

Anonymous Sharon Pressey said...
My heart breaks and aches for you as I know the long road all of you must travel. The journey is long and lonely. Losses like this in life are not fair or understandable. After losing 3 loved ones in just a few years I have learned much about the people that will walk this road with you. They are ones that you would least expect and some of the ones that you expect to be there are not and so you add dissappointment to the mix. The only peace and hope I have found is in God. "I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good not evil, to give you a future and a hope." You will not feel like this at all for a very long time but in time it will come if you want to honor your loved one.

Blogger Tuesday Girl said...
My prayers are with yoru family. I wish you all peace.

Blogger Scott Gibson said...
I am just so proud that my country produces young men like your son who is willing to sacrifice everything for the safety of all of us.

I know how sad you must feel at this time but I hope you realize the love and respect we all have for your family.

I pray your son is wrapped in the arms of the Almighty and that your family has peace in knowing your sons sacrifice will provide peace and security to future generations.

Blogger Becc said...
God Bless You Matt.
Thank you for your service.
May you know how many you have touched!

Blogger mistylea said...
God's blessings and comfort to you.

Blogger Ally said...
Terry & Cheryl,

I know that the words of a stranger must do little to ease the enormity of pain that you are feeling right now. But for later, when the pain has lessened enough so that you can breathe a deep breath, please hear this: Thank you.

Thank you.

From me, and from so many others who've never had to personally sacrifice on behalf of this nation, thank you for the enormity of Matt's sacrifice. As a fellow parent, I stand in solidarity with you. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

I did not know Matt, but his life as illustrated in Jenn's blog has touched me deeply. I will not forget him.

God's peace to you,
Ally
(Seattle, WA)

Blogger Esther said...
My prayers and condolences are with you and your family. May your dear son rest in peace.

Blogger Kate said...
Matt was a friend of mine my whole life....we were born only 5 days apart. I played soccer with him in the summertimes, and we would hang out every now and again in high school. I am especially lucky, though, because these last two years we have gotten to be closer through email and instant messaging. Matt was a funny guy - wicked sense of humor and a smile to light up a room. He was sweet and gentle and kind and he was so very proud of all that he did in Afghanistan. I used to threaten to move in with him and Daniela in Italy because I was so jealous of their life and home there! He was a true hero, and I am proud and blessed to have called him a friend.

Words cannot describe the sorrow with which I write this....we have all lost an amazing man. I wish that I could be in Michigan this week - I am sorry that I can't. My heart is there with you all and I pray with each breath that you find peace and comfort knowing that Matt was so very proud of what he was doing. I am so very saddened and my heart breaks for you.

sending prayers and love,
Kate Lindsay

Blogger Tere said...
So very touching... my heart aches for your loss. Your son is a hero.

Anonymous slackermommy said...
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss.

Anonymous Lulu said...
That seriously just gave me chills. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Blogger mamatulip said...
My deepest condolences.

Sending you strength and love now and in the days to come.

Blogger Kelly said...
Just looking at these photos, my eyes burned with the welling of fresh tears. Seeing people line the road, hands to hearts, our flag waving...for your son. May he rest in peace, and may God, your family, your friends, and the kindness of strangers, be a comfort to you in your loss.

Anonymous Claire in CA, USA said...
My family's prayers are with you. We thank Matt and your entire family for your sacrifice. God bless you. We pray that the comfort of our Lord surrounds you now and always.

Blogger Keryn said...
Thank you so much for your sacrifice. My prayers are with you in your loss.

Blogger Susie said...
With deepest sympathy for your loss. The sacrifice your family has paid for our freedom is felt by all. Your family will remain in my prayers.

Blogger Jenifer said...
My prayers are with your family.

Blogger WorksForMom said...
There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. A loss of a son, a hero.

My heart sincerely aches for you all. Please know you'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

Blogger Loralee Choate said...
I am so sorry. Looking at these photos tore my heart to bits for you and yours.

I have lost a son and have had several loved ones serving in the middle east.

My thoughts are with you.

Blogger Joker The Lurcher said...
so, so sorry for your loss.

Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...
I'm so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with Matt and his family. God Bless you all.

Blogger Amanda said...
Our prayers our with you, along with a promise that we will not forget Matthew.

Blogger urban-urchin said...
I am grateful for Matt's life, and his service to our country. I pray that you will find comfort in your unimaginable grief.

Godspeed Matt.

Blogger Julie said...
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

Blogger PEA said...
He will forever be a hero in our hearts. My deepest sympathies for your loss. xox

Blogger zdoodlebub said...
More prayers coming your way. So sorry for your loss.

Anonymous Megann said...
I know there are really no words... My heart breaks for your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Blogger Bon said...
i am so sorry. your Matt has obviously touched a lot of lives, and will be remembered.

peace to you in the days to come.

Blogger Mad Hatter said...
Condolences from north of the border.

Blogger Mad Hatter said...
Condolences from north of the border.

Blogger Jen M. said...
God bless you, your family, and may Matt be remembered for all he did in his lifetime. I don't even know him, and he has my gratitude for representing a nation that gives me freedoms found nowhere else on earth.

Blogger Sharon said...
My heart goes out to you. I come from a military family, five generations who have served in the military - Civil War, WW I, WW II, Vietnam. My husband is a 20 yr. Navy vet., our daughter served 6 yrs. in the Navy.
Standing up for our country is important. The men and women who lay their lives on the line for us are so important, and not thanked nearly enough.
Your son will be remembered even by those of us who have never met him. May God bless you!

Blogger Shannon said...
Terry & Cheryl,

We are so incredibly sorry for your terrible, terrible loss of your amazing son, Matt. The pain is beyond comprehension. Please know as a Christian, mother, wife and American, I love him and his sacrifice because without it, America would not exist. He is a true hero in every sense of the word.

God Bless You and your family and especially your son, Matt.

May you somehow find a bit of peace through this tragic time.

Shannon- TN

Blogger Erika said...
Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Blogger Little Nut Tree said...
So very sorry for your loss ...
x

Blogger ewe are here said...
Truly, an American hero.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Blogger nicole said...
Thank you for supporting your son in his chosen path. The prayers of our family will be with your family as you mourn your loss.

Blogger Peg said...
I'm a Mum of 3 grown children and can understand the pain you are going through. I'm so sorry for your loss but wanted to take this moment to thank you for your son who bravely gave his life that we may be free. You are in my heart and prayers, God bless you and your family and keep you in His arms. x

Blogger Sally Lomax said...
I am so sorry for you. I cannot imagine a worse loss than a child. My thoughts are with you, and I just hope that time will help you heal.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Nothing can make it right, least of all words from a stranger. Still, you have my deep gratitude, my respect, my caring, my support, and my prayers. God bless you and God bless your warrior.

Blogger April Brandon said...
Somehow I'm sorry just doesn't seem like enough. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of need.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
God Bless you and yours. Our prayers are with you.

Blogger smilnsigh said...
My heart goes out to you, at this time. No words can help your loss I know. But please do know, that we are grateful to you and yours, for the sacrifice you have made for our country.

All give some, some give all.

Mari-Nanci

May God bless you and your family and you struggle through this tragic loss!

Just know his sacrifice has not gone unappreciated!

Blogger Jhianna said...
I'm so sorry for your loss, and thank you for having such a wonderful son.

Blogger Janice said...
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so terribly sorry for youe loss.

Blogger Stimey said...
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You should be so proud of him. I'll be thinking of you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Please know our hearts are with your family at this devistating time.
jill and Sandy

Blogger Pamm said...
Blessings to Matt for committing to serving his country and trying his best to do what he thought right for all.

To his family I send a prayer and a heartfelt message of condolence for your loss. I know he carried your love for him and that you felt his love in return. I cannot imagine your pain, but I want to say thank you for loving someone who gave of himself.

Blogger kari said...
I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family. God bless Matt for giving his service to us all. He is a true hero and we will not forget.

Blogger Suz said...
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Blogger Busy Momma said...
There are no words to do your pain justice, but I want to say I'm so sorry and my thoughts are with your family.

Blogger Holly said...
I can't stop crying. Stories like these tear at my heart strings. I'm a wife of a soldier and my heart goes out to you. I'm deeply sorry for your loss.

Anonymous Alice said...
No words can adequately comfort you... we are simply so very, very sorry. Know that your son, Matt, continues to be loved and will not be forgotten. May friends, relatives and strangers comfort you as you grieve in the hours, days and years to come.

Blogger Carrie said...
My heart breaks for you all. Thank you for your sacrifice, it is appreciated. You are in our prayers.

Blogger Tabba said...
oh, that quote....what a humble, wise thing to say. truly an angel.

and the picture of the school children...i got all choked up.

Blogger meno said...
I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful son. I am grateful to him for serving our country.

Anonymous Rose said...
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Blogger Jennifer said...
My heart aches for your loss. Your son was a brave man and we honor him for his sacrifice.

May you have peace.

Anonymous melody said...
My deepest thanks goes with the man who bravely gave his live protecting the freedom of my family. My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your child.

My God hold your hearts gently as you gently hold your son in your hearts.

Blogger Candace said...
there are no words. thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous Susan said...
My heart breaks for your loss and pain. I will hold you and your family in my prayers with gratitude for the sacrifice you have made.

Blogger Childlife said...
I am overwhelmed with a host of emotions upon hearing of your loss - grief, gratitude, pride...

Our country is what it is because of individuals like him. Because of heroes like him. May we never, never forget.

Blogger kim said...
God Bless your family in this time of loss. Please know that your son's sacrifice has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

Blogger KC said...
You and your son are in our prayers.

From another military family to yours.

Anonymous Lynnae said...
I am so sorry for your loss. Your son is a true hero, and you must be so proud of him. I am thankful for him and the men and women like him who protect our freedom.

May God bless you and comfort you at this time.

Blogger Marymurtz said...
Such a terrible loss to you and your family. My nephew had three tours in Iraq and we were terrified the entire time. I will call him tonight just to hear his voice and ask him to join us in remembering another fine young man lost far, far too soon.

May you someday find peace, or at least a way through this lonesome place.

Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...
So sorry for your loss. Thank you for the sacrifice your son made for all of us.

Blogger Pam said...
I'm so sorry for the loss of your son. May you both feel God's loving arms round about you as you face the days ahead. I am so thankful for the brave souls who are fighting for our freedom. May we never waste their efforts.

Anonymous Sandi D said...
May God be with you as you walk this difficult path. I am so sorry for your loss. Your son is a hero to all - even those of us who never had the honor of knowing him. God bless you.

Blogger Abbie said...
My heart is burning for your family. Thank you so much for our brave hero.
God bless forever.

Anonymous angelescrest said...
What a remarkable individual, to have shown such courage and bravery. All my thoughts and support are with you and your family...I'm so sorry for your loss.

Blogger Sara said...
Thank you. What your son stood for will never be forgotten through the passage of time. I'm so sorry that his life was taken, I'm crying for you, with you tonight. I'll pray God's arms around you tonight and always.

Blogger S said...
I am thankful for all your son has given me and my children. God bless.

Blogger Stefania said...
From the suburbs of San Francisco, I send my sincerest condolences. May he rest in peace. He was a hero.

Blogger Major Bedhead said...
You have my gratitude and heartfelt sympathy.

The bustle in a house
The morning after death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon earth.

The sweeping up the heart
And putting love away
We shall not want to use again
Until eternity.

- Emily Dickinson

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Our prayers are with you all.
We shall always remember our brave service men and women

Blogger Shannon said...
I am so very sorry for your loss.

He indeed was/is a hero and will forever be appreciated for the sacrifice he made.

Anonymous Jenny Lawson said...
I'm so sorry.

No words.

Anonymous Margaret said...
Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. I cannot imagine the loss you feel. He will be in your heart forever and you can talk to him in those quiet moments. He knows that you will love him forever.

Blogger Veronica Mitchell said...
My brother is in Afghanistan right now. You have my deepest sympathies for your loss and my gratitude for your family's sacrifice.

Anonymous Summer said...
A parent should never have to bury a child. But he died in the noblest way possible.
So sorry for your loss.

Anonymous AJ said...
My sympathies.

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