Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Rest now, your work on earth is done
Marine Corp Sgt.James R. Mcllvaine was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full honors today at 1:00 PM. If you've never witnessed the ceremony in the Cemetery, you've missed one of the most emotionally charged events that life provides the rest of us.
Not that the Sergeant wanted to be there. He has a wife and two children in Twentynine Palms, Ca. He was a proud and honorable husband, father, and son. He was only 26 years old.
I'm not familiar with the particular circumstances of his death in Iraq. But I do know that he gave the full measure for the people there, and that their lives are better because of Sgt. Mcllvaine and his service brothers and sisters who have gone into harms way without any personal gain.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Rest well SGT. Mcllvaine. You earned it.
The three Corps Values: Honor, Courage, Commitment. They make up the bedrock of the character of each individual Marine. They are the foundation of his Corps. These three values, handed down from generation to generation, have made U.S. Marines the Warrior Elite. The U.S. Marine Corps: the most respected and revered fighting force on earth.
As they say: "No better friend, no worse enemy,"
" I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom."
A. Lincoln, 11/21 1864
Update: Sunday, May 17th, 2009 is the 5th anniversary of the death in Karbala, Iraq of 2LT Leonard M. Cowherd III of Culpeper. Please offer a prayer for his family.
Update: Wednesday, May 27th, 2009. Just learned that I know some of Sgt. Mcllvaine's family. I offer a special prayer for their comfort.
We need to pass on the link to a fine organization. Look around, Check it out. Remember those who came home with their lives, but left part of themselves on the battlefield for people they didn't even know.