Monday, May 30, 2011

We Remember

I would like to join in today, and honor all those who have graciously given, and died for our country.  These men, and women were the truest heros of them all. I found something, and wanted to post it here, because it sums up everything I want to say....

"To those who died securing peace and freedom, to those who served in conflict to protect our land, and sacrificed their dreams of the day, to preserve the hope of our nation, and keeping America the land of the free, we owe our thanks and our honor. It is important to not only recognize their service, but to respect their devotion to duty, and to ensure that the purpose for which they fought will never be forgotten." 

In my very own experience, what makes up a true American Hero is firmly engrained into their DNA. They, not only, carry it with them in training, and in combat, but in their everyday lives.

As many of you may remember, two soldiers ran to the assistance of my family in their greatest time of need. It was Sgt. Merenda who immediately jumped into action in resuscitating Aviana, just minutes after the accident.

Our soldiers are true American Heros, who sacrifice more than we could ever imagine. I am grateful, but most of all, I am humbled by each and every one of them.

We will never stop loving you, Sgt. Merenda.

You will forever be, Our Greatest American Hero!!


  1. Should of used the Van Halen photo of Memorial Day at the US Festival in 1983 hoisting the flag, now that's classic!

  2. Beautiful post! I'm crying now to read your words and think of Sgt. Merenda and his dedication.

  3. God bless that man. He gave that beautiful girl another shot at life, and that means so much. He really is a hero.

  4. Dave and Jen and of course little Aviana, thank you so much for your words. They truly mean a lot. That day I did what many others should have done and I know many of my brothers in arms would have done the same. I keep her picture on my wall at work and it reminds me to never forget how fast life changes. I unfortunately have seen this in combat more than any human should. This day I thank all the buddies I've lost and thousands of other service members over the years. Thank you once again Hodder family

  5. Needless to say, I am so very proud of all of our soldiers, especially my own soldiers in my family, including my husband, but mostly my brave son, Richard. Their duty never ends, and so many don't understand how they hold that true to their war and at home. Much love to you all!! Been missing you Jen! Aviana just is a beauty, she is growing up..blessings..