“I’ll See You Soon.”

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. John F. Farias, of New Braunfels, Texas, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., June 30, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Kotecki)

On this 4th of July many families will be remembering and mourning the empty chair at the table.  One such family is Felix and Penny Farias.

Their only son, US Marine Lance Corporeal John Felix Ferias, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 28. One month shy of his 21st birthday.

His mother, Penny, flew to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to accompany her son home.  She said, “I’m flying with him. I’m bringing my boy home.”

One of the poignant aspects of this story is that John made a video for his family relating his experiences, fears and hopes just a few hours before he was killed.  He ended the video with “I’ll see you soon.”

Felix and John, father and son

Remember the Ferias’ family and all the families of those brave souls who have given their all for their country.  Mere words are insufficient.

Helman Province was a long way from his home in New Braunfels, Texas. It is near San Antonio. 

New Braunfels was founded in 1845 by German farmers and craftsmen. Prince Carl  of Solms-Braunfels region of Germany founded the colony after a visit to Texas in July, 1844.

 Since September 11, 2001 thousands of coalition service members have paid the ultimate price with their lives.  They leave behind families and friends who each day on this planet traversing the cosmos bear the sense of loss. 

The empty chair at the dining room table, the bedroom, the emptiness of a heart of the loved one touched by tragedy is a daily reminder that in 2011 the earth is a dangerous place or should I say certain individuals and groups have made the earth a dangerous place.  The ultimate tragedy is that homecoming for these valiant warriors is something which they can never experience since their lives ended on the battlefield, hospital, or elsewhere. 

War is ugly, brutal and bloody.  Too many lives have been lost since 2001 both military (American, Canadian, British, Australian, French, Polish, Spanish, Norwegian, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, German, Georgian, Estonian, Dutch, and the list of nations continues) and civilian, especially women and children.  

 As the Civil War Sergeant stated in my previous post: “War has a life of its own.  The more it takes, the more it wants.  Your Jayne could not bake enough blueberry pies to keep it fed.  There isn’t enough blood to cover its ugly face.”

On this 4th of July remember as you enjoy your day with family and friends the price those in military service have paid for you to enjoy this day and all the days to come. Without their sacrifice there could be no freedom.

Semper Fidelis

Tragic: Farias was one of two Marines killed in combat on Tuesday. The remains of 22-year-old Lance Cpl Mark R Goyet were also brought home on Thursday

G. D. Williams       © 2011

References:

US Department of Defense:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No. 562-11
June 29, 2011

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Lance Cpl. John F. Farias, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas, died June 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-8766.

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14616

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No. 563-11
June 29, 2011


DOD Identifies Marine Casualty

  The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Lance Cpl. Mark R. Goyet, 22, of Sinton, Texas, died June 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

            For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Division public affairs office at 760-725-8766.

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14617

Dover Air Force Base

http://www.mortuary.af.mil/

KGNB News

http://kgnb.am/news/new-braunfels-marine-killed-afghanistan-funeral-arrangements-pending

KENS 5 News

http://www.kens5.com/news/Rare-video-of-local-Marine-before-he-died-Parents-treasure-his-final-words-124700849.html

 Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010118/Marine-tells-family-Ill-soon-home-video-hours-killed-Afghanistan.html

Faces of the Fallen

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/

CNN

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/index.html

Guardian UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/sep/17/afghanistan-casualties-dead-wounded-british-data

iCasualties

http://icasualties.org/oef/

Michael Ball’s Empty Chairs At Empty Tables

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJnjcX8skXk

A Soldier’s Prayer

http://youtu.be/S-1y-F3kT7Q

Song For A Soldier: We’ll Be Waiting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVabhYaFOng&feature=related

Jordan Leigh: Soldier I Thank You

http://youtu.be/xhX5ET5PNv8

Carrie Underwood: This Is Just A Dream (Tribute To Soldiers)

http://youtu.be/MJRxjgiJw-s

Casting Crowns: Who Am I (Tears of War)

http://youtu.be/z85MubtjEqE

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