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June 13, 2006
To Andy's Family,
I never had the pleasure of meeting Andy but from all the loving thoughts and memories I have read about him I know his loss brings tremendous pain to those who knew and loved him.
When no words can adequately express your grief, remember that our heavenly Father is grieving with you for your loss. Who knows better the pain of the loss of a loved one than He. Fall into His strong loving arms and let him wrap you and your grief in his love. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways." Isaiah 55:9 We cannot see the whole picture now but one by one you will join your precious Andy and rejoice in your victory over death. "This is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith." 1 John 5:4 God bless you all!
June 13, 2006
I went to high school with Andy. Although I did not know him personally, I did know his two brothers and Tava.

Randall and Rafael: My deepest sympathies go to you all and your family. Unfortunately I did not have the honor of knowing Andy personally but from knowing you both, I realize that he was a wonderful man and brother. My prayer for you all is that each day you find the strength to continue with your lives, yet never forgetting the life of your brother. I will continue to pray for you in your time of need and even after that. I love you both and God will continue to bless you.

Tava: I did not realize until I heard about Andy's death that you two were engaged. You were so fortunate to be engaged and to know your soulmate at such a young age. Some people don't even get the opportunity to ever meet with their soulmate. To you I say, hold strong, be steadfast, and keep your faith in God. Take all the time you need to heal. I am praying for you and your family. May God bless you.
June 13, 2006
To Esther,

I am so sorry for your loss and especially pray for your Aunt Xiomara. I remember you talking about them and I know how much you love your cousins. I don't have the words to convey my sympathy. It is obvious that Andy loved being a soldier. He died valiantly but still, it doesn't seem right. I know that he is resting in the arms of Jesus and he will always be around in spirit. I hope that his parents and fiancee can get beyond their grief and continue to do as Andy would want them to: help others and keep his light shining. My deepest, sincere sympathy to your entire family for your loss.

Sincerely,
June 13, 2006
Andy,
You were like a nephew to me. I have known you since you were 16 years old. I have seen you grow into a handsome, caring young man. You were always sooo nice to my daughter, Taylor, and she has many memories to remember you by. Her favorite was when you, Tava, and her went to Old Town and fed the ducks. My niece, Tava, loved you with all her heart and I thank you for making her so happy!!!! I will miss you forever
June 13, 2006
Hi Esther,

Long time no speak or hear from. I heard the news about your cousin from Doris. First of all I want to offer you and your family, my most heartfelt condolences for your loss. I truly understand that no words could possibly be said to bring your loved one back, or even give you the instant comfort, that I'm sure your family is seeking for right now.

After watching the news video, it became obvious to me that Andy lived a very full life, though at a still very young age. As well as showed a genuine love for others around him. Though I never met him, its obvious that your cousin was an exceptional leader. True leaders pour into others, because they're authority isn't threatened by the rising of potential leaders around them. I say all that to say this. Though Andy may not be among you anymore in the physical. I believe that he has poured enough into the family and friends around him, that his memory and legacy will continue to live on, far beyond his 24 years.

God said that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but to lean on his. For his is much higher than ours. We weren't place on this earth just for our enjoyment, for however long it's meant last. But we were placed here for his enjoyment, to fulfill the purposes he placed inside of us, and allow his light to shine through us. Until he decides that our assignment here on earth is over. He's in control of everything that takes place around us. Absolutely nothing happens outside of his control. Only he understands WHY certain things takes place in our lives. Only he understands, why it was time for Andy to return home to him.

As I said in the beginning, I understand the challenge of finding words to heal the type of pain your family is experiencing right now. My prayer is that even in the midst of this tragedy which has taken place, that all of you will begin find the kind of peace that only the Lord can provide you. It's safe to say though, that judging by the family Andy left behind, he did his share of pouring into others, and no doubt his light will continue to shine through ALL of you.
June 13, 2006
My Dearest Andy,
How can I begin to describe what we are all feeling right now? We all know you are in a better place, but the pain of missing you is overwhelming at times. I have been trying to take good care of your mother since you've been gone, and I know that would make you happy. I will forever miss your playfulness, your sense of humor, your smile and your warmth. Remember how I would always lend you my car behind your mother's back? (*smile*) Oh, Andy, you were so courageous, so caring, so special to all of us. I can only look forward to the day we meet again in Heaven, in the meantime, I THANK GOD FOR EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU! I love you so much....Your Cousin, Yamilet
June 13, 2006
I would like to say to his family, friends im sorry for your loss.. I knew Andy and he was a good guy and im sorry to see him go...Much luv to you all..

Tasha
June 13, 2006
My condolences to the Anderson family. Andy may you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continue to soar in the heavenly clouds up above.
June 13, 2006
To my dear cousin Andy

Even though I have been one of the smallest cousins you had I will always remember you in a very special way and as my Big cousin in the military. I remember the cook outs at the park and how everybody tried to "show off" at the basketball games that we had in VA. All this is so overwhelming that it has been difficult to put in so little words all the things that were so special about you. One thing I know “You will always be remembered in a very special way “MY BIG CUZ”.
Love,
Austin
June 12, 2006
My dear Andy

Even though I didn’t have the honor to know you very well
I know deep in my heart that you are in a very special place with the Lord.
I will always cherish all the funny and special moments that we all shared together that Thanksgiving in VA with all the other cousins and relatives.
You will always be in my memory.
God bless you.
Love, Jennifer

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