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How the Lakota Sioux honor a fallen Marine

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
RIP Marine

Make sure you look at every picture; especially 5, 7, 9, 12, 13.

post #2 of 20
Thank you so much for sharing this. I find this very special and it was hard to look at these without feeling their sorrow.
post #3 of 20

Those pictures make me sad and proud at the same time. DH has been to Iraq twice, we think that is where my brother is now. I can relate to his families fears before he was killed. I'm so thankful I haven't experienced their grief.
post #4 of 20
Those photos are so powerful - my heart goes out to the family
post #5 of 20
I hope every fallen soldier and Marine is so honored in their life and in their death, whether in combat or not.

Because of the serious nature of this thread (not to encourage debate, however), I will move this to IMO.
post #6 of 20
The Rocky Mountain News also did a series called Final Salute which is very good. It is about a marine who is the one to bring the sad news to the family and the support he provides.

Pictures like these reminds us of the humanity behind the numbers. May God look over our troops and their families.
post #7 of 20
Wow! I just have to say that is one powerful, beautiful ceremony.
post #8 of 20
That is so sad. I have a good poem my mom sent to me about soldiers that I will post in a minute.
post #9 of 20
The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass

“Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?â€

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be a saint.

I have had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough
And sometimes I have been violent
Because the world is awfully rough

But, IO never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to clam their fears.

If you’ve a place for me Lord
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t I will understandâ€
There was silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heavens streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.

Author Unknown
post #10 of 20
Oh my goodness those were so moving! So sad but what a fantastic send off his people gave him

God rest his soul

Brandi that poem was touching as well
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thoughtful responses from everyone. I was in the Corps many years ago but never saw combat.
post #12 of 20
Originally Posted by lightninrod
Thoughtful responses from everyone. I was in the Corps many years ago but never saw combat.
Thank you for your service, Dan. Semper Fi!
post #13 of 20
Very impressive. I've emailed the link to a couple of people. Those photos really illustrated both the grief and pride of the participants.
post #14 of 20
Originally Posted by lightninrod
I was in the Corps many years ago but never saw combat.
You served your country and thats what counts
post #15 of 20
Things like this truly make me proud to be an American, and even more proud to have familial ties with the Lakota Nation.
post #16 of 20
Combining Lakota and Marine traditions is a fitting tribute, to a fallen warrior.

OOh-rah and Semper fi.
post #17 of 20
That was absolutely beautiful.

As a wife of a former soldier and a mother of a soon to be soldier it has left me without words to express myself.
post #18 of 20
That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It gave me goosebumps and the wait was certainly worth it on my 56k dialup. Thank you for that!
post #19 of 20
Wow, these pictures really touched me, i Served 6 yrs in the military, and my husband served 7. I never saw combat, my husband went to Iraq and thankfully never had to fire a shot but the chance was always there. Seeing these pictures just makes you realize that death could be anyone, with any background in life. These pictures make his death beautiful, and I mean that in a poetic way, you just feel the sorrow but the PRIDE of these wonderful peoples. My favorite was the horsedrawn casket. . . I just hope it takes more than a funeral to bring out the lives of these people. . . My heart goes out to the family and friends of this Marine. . .
post #20 of 20
I can't even begin to express the emotions running through me right now. The images simply took my breath away and I am at a total lack for words. All I can do is sit here with tears streaming down my face. I am both full of pride but also anger. Pride and such admiration for all the soldiers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep myself and all Americans free but also so deeply angry that our world has come to this.

I'm just so at a loss right now...
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