Welcome home Dec. 9th

topleft1Hello to All:
I hope everyone had a Great Thanksgiving…….
We have an Airman just back from Afghanistan.
 
T Sgt Steven Graff US Air Force from Homosassa
Graduated from Lecanto in 2000
Assigned to the 367th flight squadron in Homestead Fla
Married to Molly Graff with one daughter 7yrs old and one on the way
 
Still active duty, 14 yrs, non commissioned officer in charge of the Egress section
 

AND

S Sgt Eddie Eisner USMC

Graduated Citrus High school in 2000, and has been to Iraq and Afghanistan several times. Details to follow
 
Currently lives in Citrus Springs with wife Kim Eisner
 
The Welcome Home will be Friday the 9th of Dec at the American Legion post #155 in Crystal River. Dinner will be at 5PM. Fish, fries and Cole slaw. Program at 6PM 
 
I hope to see you all there
 
BARBARA MILLS
OPERATION WELCOME HOME
352-422-6236

Daddy

Daddy’s Poem

Her hair was up in a pony tail,

her favorite dress tied with a bow.

Today was Daddy’s Day at school,

and she couldn’t wait to go.

 

But her mommy tried to tell her,

that she probably should stay home

The kids might not understand,

if she went to school alone.

 

But she was not afraid;

she knew just what to say.

What to tell her classmates

of why he wasn’t there today.

 

But still her mother worried,

for her to face this day alone.

And that was why once again,

she tried to keep her daughter home.

 

But the little girl went to school

eager to tell them all.

About a dad she never sees

a dad who never calls.

 

There were daddies along the wall in back,

for everyone to meet.

Children squirming impatiently,

anxious in their seats.

 

One by one the teacher called

a student from the class.

To introduce their daddy,

as seconds slowly passed.

 

At last the teacher called her name,

every child turned to stare.

Each of them was searching,

a man who wasn’t there.

 

“Where’s her daddy at?”

She heard a boy call out.

“She probably doesn’t have one,”

another student dared to shout.

 

And from somewhere near the back,

she heard a daddy say,

“Looks like another deadbeat dad,

too busy to waste his day.”

 

The words did not offend her,

as she smiled up at her Mom.

And looked back at her teacher,

who told her to go on.

 

And with her hands behind her back,

slowly she began to speak.

And out from the mouth of a child,

came words incredibly unique.

 

“My Daddy couldn’t be here,

because he lives so far away.

But I know he wishes he could be,

since this is such a special day.

 

And though you cannot meet him,

I wanted you to know.

All about my daddy,

and how much he loves me so.

 

He loved to tell me stories

he taught me to ride my bike.

He surprised me with pink roses,

and taught me to fly a kite.

 

We used to share fudge sundaes,

and ice cream in a cone.

And though you cannot see him.

I’m not standing here alone.

 

“Cause my daddy’s always with me,

even though we are apart.

I know because he told me,

he’ll forever be in my heart”

 

With that, her little hand reached up,

and lay across her chest.

Feeling her own heartbeat,

beneath her favorite dress.

 

And from somewhere within the crowd of dads,

her mother stood in tears.

Proudly watching her daughter,

who was wise beyond her years.

 

For she stood up for the love

of a man not in her life.

Doing what was best for her,

doing what was a right.

 

And when she dropped her hand back down,

staring straight into the crowd.

She finished with a voice so soft,

but its message clear and loud.

 

“I love my daddy very much,

he’s my shining star.

And if he could, he’d be here,

but heaven’s just too far.

 

You see he is an American Soldier

and died just this past year.

When a roadside bomb hit his convoy

and taught Americans to fear.

 

But sometimes when I close my eyes,

it’s like he never went away.

And then she closed her eyes,

and saw him there that day.

 

And to her mother’s amazement,

she witnessed with surprise.

A room full of daddies and children,

all starting to close their eyes.

 

Who knows what they saw before them,

who knows what they felt inside.

Perhaps for merely a second,

they saw him at her side.

 

“I know you’re with me Daddy,”

to the silence she called out.

And what happened next made believers,

of those once filled with doubt.

 

Not one in that room could explain it,

for each of their eyes had been closed.

But there on the desk beside her,

was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

 

And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,

by the love of her shining star.

And given the gift of believing,

that heaven is never too far.

 

Welcome Home

Mark your calendars for Friday July 1st at the American Legion Post 155Dinner at 5PM (French Dip & Fries for $6.00) Program at 6PM

A Welcome Home for :CTT1 Harry C. Hall
CTT1 Harry C. Hall US NAVY
RANK: CTT1/E-6                        
JOB ASSIGNMENT:
USS Lincoln:  GALE -Lite Operator in support of Strike Operations (Electronic Intelligence collections and reporting)
USS Reagan:  Cryptologic Analytical Support Element (Historical trend analysis and fusion of multi-source Signals Intelligence)
Wife’s name Fancie Hall
AND
Cpl Kenneth Arnold US MARINECpl Kenneth Arnold
UNIT OF ASSIGNMENT: First Battallion Sixth Marines
JOB ASSIGNMENT: 0351 Infantry Assaultman
Wife’s name: Lauren Arnold
Hope to see you all there