Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Belated 4th of July

We didn't get a 4th of July post up this year, but we'd like to do a belated one. (Thanks, Mary, for the link.)

Staff Sgt. John Beale was one of 3 Georgia National Guardsmen killed in action in Afghanistan when their convoy hit a bomb. SSgt. Beale's body was returned home, arriving at Falcon Field in Peachtree City, south of Atlanta, on June 11. From there, the Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough. Thousands lined the streest along the route to honor this fallen American hero. Every soldier who gives his or her life in service to country deserves the same honor from the community.

The link below is for a short video of the final leg of SSgt. Beale's journey home. It was taken by someone riding in the procession, so it might waver and wander, but all the flags made us think again about the 4th of July and how dearly many pay for freedom.

A Hero's Salute to Staff Sgt. John Beale.


  1. And how much we all owe to so many dedicated men and women in the armed forces.

  2. That is so awesome that the entire community turned out.. We are so proud of our troops over there..
    Brother Toph has a friend there right now that calls every week. He is on his 3rd tour and due home in August. We sure hope he will be safe till then..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  3. I love how communities come together in good times and in sad times.

  4. Thank you for this great post! We owe so much to Staff Sgt. Beale and others who have given their lives for our freedom!

  5. We are sorry to hear of another soldier's death.
    This was a beautiful tribute.

  6. We salute Staff Sgt. John Beale, a fallen hero!

  7. Thank you, Jan, for posting this.

  8. Thank you for posting this. It's so important to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom.

  9. An awesome tribute that surely brought much pride and comfort to
    Staff Sgt. John Beale's family.

    To see only the highest respect for our military should be something that "comes natural" from the current administration, but that's not what I see. Our military men and women deserve so much more!

    Thank God for the good, God- fearing folks that honor them properly and that truly love our country.

    I pray that those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom did not do it in vain...but I see our freedoms slowly slipping away.

    My deepest condolences to the Beale family...

    Kathy Baker

  10. One of our lokhal cemetaries has a display at its entrance with a US flag fur each live lost AND a PA state flag fur each PA resident - it is a sobering sight -


  11. A True American Hero, thank you so much for posting this.
    You won't find this on any news program as they are too busy covering a funeral of someone in Los Angeles.

  12. We salute all of the soldiers who have made so many sacrifices each and every day for our country.

    Abby & Stygia

  13. It's a wonderful tribute to a fallen hero.
    Thanks for leaving words of support on our blog for our mom and dad. They are going through a really tough period now but are glad they have one another for support... and of cos they are grateful for friends like you. **HUGS**

  14. That was a powerful tribute -- seeing all of those people lined up along the streets to pay their respects for Staff Sgt. Beale and his family.

  15. Words fail us. We owe so much to our men and women in uniform!
    Tail wags,


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