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April 03, 2015
My poem for this Easter 2015

There are times respect
Grasps at the heart
For a gift so far beyond
Incomprehensibly stilled within the minds
Of those who've seen the light
So brightly shone within mind's eye
As real as life can bare
As heroes rode a highway home
Tears welled up within eyes
A nation stood, so near, to show
Their families, loved ones, friends
They weren't alone in sorrow's depth
As their loved ones returned home

On this, such special weekend
As hearts ponder a gift t'was given
To all mankind across our earth
From one who stood divine
A gift to grant a new birth
Believe in me, the message taught
He spread his good across the lands
Followed every step he took
He lived, he died, at the hands
Of those who could not see
The good he shared, the morals taught
The love that came to be
For all mankind forgiveness
For all another chance
For all to see each other
With a mutual respect
To pass along wherever roamed
A foundation of a world to be
He rose again from where entombed
To show, living, is more than life
It is how we live
What we give
During our moment here on earth

For centuries throughout history
There are those who are the beast
Who walk our earth immoral
Defile everything they see
Decimate, exterminate
Terrorize all within their path
Who do not share a vision held
In the mind, the beast has grasped
Easter weekend is about a love
Respect beyond compare
Passed on from one
Who stood, who gave
For a better world to come
Canada was founded
On this love passed along
A nation of mutual tolerance
And respect for all mankind
We are a collage of humanity
Evolved for a world to see
That mankind from a world surround
Can share a nation free
That rise to share this goodness
Stand across a world protect
A gift from those who make it so
Who stand to hold the beast

For all those who have stood, been wounded, or given their lives to foster this goodness across our world, we remain forever in your debt. May you know the light of eternal life shared and celebrated each Easter.

By Roger Borchert

Our hearts, Our tears, Our Prayers
The Borchert Family
Morinville, Alberta
December 23, 2014
For the Families of our Canadian Forces who lost a loved one during or due to their service for our nation, Christmas 2014

I have seen the frost the low clouds bring
As it rests on every branch
Glistens forth from each blade of grass
Paints pictures on the glass
Captured for a moment
Till sunshine's glow warms the chill
That froze each thought
The low clouds brought
As they wrapped around the soul
But the glisten, oh that glisten
Its sparkle shining forth
It brings the smiles, then the tears
As Christmas gathers forth
Lord our world is a reality
That spills what life unfolds
And those who've stood, those who gave
Are those we hold so close
Captured in a memory
Of a sibling, daughter, son, mom or dad
Who took that step, held out that hand
In a far off distant land
They took that step for Canada
For a whole wide world protect
And visit now at special times
As if they've never left
They are that sparkle that brings a tear
They are that laughter that brings a smile
They are that warmth now ever held so close
And at Christmas they're always near
Held forever in a heart's belief
Glowing brighter than the stars
That shines in eyes that hold them close
Throughout each Christmas time
Hang that special bulb upon the tree
The one that gleams and glows
That one that holds all Frosty shines
Glistening in the snow
For a special, special son was born
Who stepped forth to change a world
Who shared his life for all mankind
Brought forth hope of eternal life
So many tears at Christmas time
So many found in joy
So many smiles surround the tree
Each blessed Christmas morn

By Roger Borchert

We Will Remember Them. Wishing You All a Very Joyous Christmas and All the Best in the Coming Year
The Borchert Family, Morinville, Alberta
December 23, 2014
A thought in Remembrance, 2014. Please Know, We Will Remember Them.

A nation is measured by the hearts that beat
That make up its collective soul
And is witnessed in steps taken forth
As across a world they've roamed
I gathered my thoughts reluctantly
While about, out on a walk
A blustery day, as wind blew by
Leaves falling from the sky
I looked into the heavens
As tears were rolling down
My cheeks a chill, the tears they froze
As at once I realized
The leaves were endless soldiers
Who stood for all and gave
So we might each day have the joy
To walk in freedom's way
To not be hiding who we are
Not worry, to grow old
To not be shuffled to the side
To stand and be so bold
To demand that freedom is the goal
Of our nation standing strong
For founded in the leaves that blow
Are the hearts, the very souls
The torches passed to soldiers
From a brethren strong and free
Who stood and said no more, no more
As tyranny roamed the streets
Of far off lands, now close at home
They stood, they lived, they died
They paid the price of freedom
The price of Canada
For they have stood and given all
On behalf of all of us
A tear is just a moment
A fleeting moment's thought
2 minutes in a year that's passed
For freedom for all of us
2 minutes to remember
Those who lived, those who gave
That we could build a nation strong
Stronger by the day
But only through reflection
In the pool of tears now shed
For those who gave their very all
That we might live the dream they bled
A precious little flower
A poppy just to say
That we remember
Those who stood
In such an honoured way
Please stop for just a moment
A thought, a prayer, a tear
For those who've lost
Those who've stood
Their families, loved ones, friends
Please reflect on what
Life might have brought
If not for all of them

By Roger Borchert

Thank You to all those who have served, serve presently, all of their families, loved ones, and friends who walk so nearby their sides and support them as they step forth on our behalf. A very special Thank You to all those who have shared and lost their loved one in the service or because of their service on behalf of our Canada.

Our hearts, our tears, our prayers
We Will Remember Them
The Borchert Family, Morinville, Alberta
June 16, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 23, 2013
For the families and children of our fallen this Christmas 2013

Colours glowing near a window pain
Shimmer gentle, seen, the sight
Lifting hearts in yuletide's glow
On Christmas Eve, tonight
Let them hear the carols
Sung on high
Sung in hearts so light
Sung with all the love that grew
Sung with all their might
As they gather close
Around their Christmas tree
Recall a life time, shared
Broke into tears, for a life once shared
With a nation
With all of us
Oh Lord our child of Canada
Lost a soldier, Oh So Dear
To a world that needed
A strong, strong heart
To stand, to say, no more
In a world gone so terribly wrong
On behalf of me and you
They stood, they gave, all that they could
Left those they loved behind
We now cherish, the very thought
A thought that's so profound
Hearts have risen high above
As angle's wings do fly
Carrying forth their love so dear
We hold them near to us
Their wives, their children
Their moms, their dads
Their families, loved ones, friends
And those who walked at their sides
On behalf of all of us
As sunshine gathers, sparkles thought
In the snow that's on a tree
May the beauty of the gift they gave
Shine on for you and me
May the warmth of love surround their hearts
Quell the hurt, the pain the loss
May it bring your soldier, mom, or dad
Close to you tonight
May they wrap their loving arms so tight
Hold you close and oh so near
And let you know you're never alone
At this precious time of year
In life, in birth, a special child
Was born on Christmas morn
To bring to you that special chance
To be near to them once more

May the Joy of Christmas warm your hearts and lift your spirits high
Shine the glow that Christmas brings
Close to you tonight

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake/Morinville, Alberta
Our hearts, Our tears, Our prayers, Shared, This Christmas 2013
November 10, 2013
We Will Remember Them. Written for Remembrance Day 2013

For those who've stood at the gates of hell
As battle rages forth
And stood to hold their line, their fate
To lift a new world rising forth
A world in which freedom's hand
Was openly held toward
To those to escape the bonds that bind
To hold them ever more
From the clutches, the beating down
Their spirit and their hearts
Those who held that outstretched hand
To those who needed help
So thankful all a world should be
For they stood for another voice
One that held our hearts, our minds
Standing very close
Freedom is not just a venture forth
It is a way of life
That lends us all, the gift to stand
Go forth for what is right
And allow all those to climb aboard
Who see it in their sight
Oh Lord you gave us choices
Good or evil found in hearts
The two, so very different hold
Our worlds so far apart
Tonight I looked into the coals
Of embers burning bright
And saw the life of those who share
Our nation's glowing light
At first their dreams are smoke and mirrors
Of a life that used to be
And then each soldier rises up
Gives meaning to where they've been
Learning pride, remembrance
From those who've stood before
Those who tossed the torch that holds
Their futures, evermore
So many didn't return back home
They lay where poppies grow
So many others caught their torch
And across our earth they've roamed
Within this new world
They have worked so hard
To help to come about
A world where sons, where daughters, rise
And share a brand new world's spark
Lord love them for they took a stand
And said no more, no more
A message needed
In our world today
As terror knocks on every door
We could never wander very far
From these hearts so warm that said
Our world needs us brave enough
To stand in terror's way
So as you sit around a campfire's light
Look in and see how bright
The glow that warmed those hearts to stand
As they stood for all of us
We can never forget that step they took
We remember those who gave
All they could towards a better world
A better world today

We Thank Them
We Will Remember Them
Strong of heart
Strong in spirit
Glowing heroes to recall each day

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
March 30, 2013
My poem, written for this Easter 2013, in respect of those who have given their very all to bring about a better world on our behalf and in recognition of their families, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers who miss them so deeply at each Easter Sunday meal. May They R.I.P. We Will Remember Them.

Empty chairs each Easter Sunday
In homes across our land
Tears flowing gently
For each son or daughter
Mom or dad
Who gave a heart to Canada
Stood proud for me and you
Stepped forth to make a difference
In a world, in need, they knew
I've seen comets
I've seen meteors
But what I saw the other night
Was a glowing ball
Streak across the sky
In slow motion, in its flight
It glowed so bright, like mini moon
Its colour just the same
And then in the spirit with which it came
Turned to darkness once again
Overjoyed in what, I had seen
It was not a shooting star
It was a light that lifted high
In the brief moment of its spark
Oh lord, so many soldiers
So young and full of life
Have moved my heart
In this gentle way
As they've stood so far apart
Parted from their families
Parted from their friends
Stood so tall for who we are
Given all that could be given
Now held so close, within the hearts
Of those who miss them so
As bright, as seen, this palm Sunday's eve
Not unlike a story foretold
Of a son who gave his very all
So others would follow
Follow in a dream, a way
That a world would see a light
Of goodness spread across a world
At freedoms dawning sight
Oh Lord be near our soldier
Who also gave a life
For all to see a better world
On behalf of all of us
Lord, I dare not compare your son of life
To our warriors brave and true
I only give this humble voice
Of their efforts, the good, they do
Standing tall
Standing brave
Standing with all you shared
Within their hearts as young they were
To mold them
Brave for you

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
December 24, 2012
For the Families of Our Fallen This Christmas 2012

Angel's feathers falling
To remind us they're up there
Wind chimes sounding gently
To let us know the lord is near
Today is but a lull, in winter's nasty chill
One can see the storm clouds building
Circling, all around us now
We hold so close the warmth that was
To let it not escape
Yet no matter how hard we try
The warmth, it finds the gate
The chill it reaches down inside
Attaches to the spine
Sends shivers climbing through us now
Hearts are frozen held in time
For those who've lost a loved one, friend
Tis all they can endure
A hope, a wish, a prayer, t'would bring
Their loved one home again
Oh Lord their Soldier stood for all
Please warm these hearts so chilled
So they may find the warmth once shared
With this one no longer near
As they look out through the window
Let the moon and stars, shine bright
Let all about, it glisten forth
On this, this special night
Another hero gave his all
The one who led the way
For them to find a life beyond
And faith to find a day
A way to climb a staircase
To the heavens high above
To join a son, a daughter, friend
To be together once more as one
Oh lord you sent your son, our gift
To those who lend a heart
To those who've given all and more
For those life has forgot
We stand so near, so near Oh Lord
In praise, in solitude
Await a time, a time to share
A loved one entrusted unto you

Thank you Lord
Merry Christmas To All
We will Remember Them Until You Meet Again
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, Alberta
November 11, 2012
For Remembrance Day 2012

Flurries of snow across our land
A chilly wind bites at the spine
As we stand for those who stood for all
In far off distant lands
Some recall the void, the pain within
Left in hearts, in minds, in lives
Who were impacted at the loss of those
Their lives never the same again
Friends recall fond memories
Child in tears for a mom or dad
A wife recalls the horror of war
That turned her life, a living hell
A mother or father stands in thought
A loss beyond belief
Of one who was their heart their soul
Since counting tiny toes upon their feet
Fellow soldiers, comrades
Loved ones, friends
In their minds they bring them near
In special thoughts of those they've lost
While fighting over there
We as Canadians
Stand proud, respect
All those who stood for all
Sent from a nation whose open heart
Has provided a world a home
Oh lord my heart so empty
As I stand, two minutes given
Just a moment's time
For the life they gave
On behalf of all of us
I cannot be prouder Canada
I could never turn away
From those who've shared
Their loved one forth
A debt we could not repay
Stand proud, Remember, Oh Canada
For those who stand for us
For their families, friends, and comrades too
For they gave for me and you
We are focused on the flower
Began in fields so far away
An image to be remembered now
On each Remembrance Day

We Who Remember Them
Are forever in their debt
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, AB
December 24, 2011
For the Families of Our Fallen, This Christmas 2011

The wind is howling at my doorstep
This eve of Christmas Eve
The trees are bending low its clear
As Christmas day draws near
As I decked the tree this Christmas
I thought of those so brave
Of those who've lost a loved one
Who stepped forth for me and gave
They gave their all for Canada
A gift beyond compare
They stood a world away in time
Where few would tread or dare
So many loved ones share in tears
In thoughts they've left behind
Hugs once held so warm and close
A smile within a mind
The TREE has become so special now
For it holds a life time past
Its sparkling lights a memory's glow
Of a hero once held so near
As garland wrapped the tree in smiles
Those smiles of yesteryears
Those smiles held upon as face
Forever now held near
Each piece of tinsel a frozen tear
Shed at a time of loss
And now reflecting the reason why
For this hero was dearly loved
A true angel tops this Christmas tree
For is seen when looking high
As a loved one lifts their faces near
And a prayer races from a heart
A wish that they were standing near
A wish for laughter's sound
A warmth a hug once use to bring
Remains a memory oh so close
Oh Canada, our heroes gave
Their loved ones hold our hearts
Lord please reach out and hold them close
Please be so near this season forth

By: Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
Our Thoughts, Our Hearts, Our Prayers
Wishing You All A Wonderful Christmas
December 24, 2010
For the Families, loved ones, friends of or Fallen This Christmas 2010

Looking back, on childhood’s days
When wonder set the sails
And all imagined could come to life
Within thoughts, dreams as they played
When Santa rode a sleigh one eve
In every coming year
And magic taught sweet dreams to fly
To rooftops every where
Now sitting wishing Christmas Eve
Looking off into the night
Pleading for a shooting star
Enhance this wish with all their might
A wish for just a Christmas hug
From a soldier no longer here
No longer in our earthly world
Held close now, within near
The hearts of those who’ve felt such pain
At the loss of a hero’s life
A hero who stepped forth for all
Bring this hero close this night
As tears once more roll down a cheek
Another endless, sleepless night
Let our Lord brush close a warming hug
Of your loved one, bring them near
A gentle breeze, fond memories’ bring
To hold them ever dear

Wishing the magic of Christmas could bring the smiles, the hugs and the warmth of your loved one, into your home for Christmas. Ever in our hearts and always remembered. May our Lord bless you this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
November 02, 2010
Thinking of all those who have given so much; those who have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice, our Veterans, our serving soldiers, their families, loved ones and friends at this special time of Remembrance, 2010. We Do Remember.

They crawled on their bellies slowly
In the dirt, the dust, the slime,
Ran onto beaches, lived in fear, a moment out of time.
A time that changed a world in need
A time that set apart
Times that held a world so close, near and dear to every heart
The gas they sent, it took its toll
Many others held that ground
And challenged over and over again
Until freedom’s world was found
Liberated nations cheered delight
A world was aimed anew
But for so many who had lost a life
The tears fell hard and true
They stepped forth for their Nation
They stepped forth for a world to be
They stepped forth to chase the evil back
Keep their families safe and free
Through life times of years gone by
Up to this present day
A brethren strong with so much might
Stepped forth for you and me
We owe so much to those who’ve walked
In fear yet oh so strong
So brave in every step they took
So many now are gone
They have challenged life itself each day
And stood for what was right
They did it with their heart and soul
And stood with all their might
Lord love the souls of these so brave
And cherish duty’s call
For they gave all for a better world
On behalf of one and all.
At this time of Remembrance
Into our hearts we welcome those
Who have walked this solemn journey forth
For those who needed a friend along
We recall their families, loved ones, friends,
For so many have paid the price
Of freedom, or for a world in peace
Or to fight terror in another place
Oh Lord we hold their honour high
Our tears have washed the path
For those who take their torch to stand
As to them the torch is passed
Forever near we promise
We will honour these hearts so brave
And stand nearby their families, friends
For the sacrifice they gave

By Roger Borchert,
Our Hearts, Our Tears, Our Prayers
Thank You. The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
April 03, 2010
As I focus this Easter Sunday
My heart goes out to you
For a Chair is sitting empty
For a Hero Brave and True
Who gave a life for Canada
And a world we should become
A better world for all to share
A better world for everyone

They had raised their eyes in honour
To the Flag that flew above
They had sung its anthem strongly
In their hearts so full of love
It began for them in childhood
And sang out for years to come
At the vision of the Flag above
Onto which their hearts had clung
This special group, a brotherhood
That stepped forth to a country’s call
For them the Flag was calling
Could not turn away this love
For them it was the strongest call
The path that led the way
For they had held it steadfast near
Flying high above each day
And then one sad, so tragic day
The leaf flew from the sky
To wrap and hold them tightly bound
In return for all their love
It warmed their weary bodies
Clung closer to their hearts
And to hearts that shared the pain, their loss
At such a tremendous cost
Wrapped within the hug that flew above
Love’s vision, all their lives
Now carried forth in a country’s love
For their loving sacrifice

By Roger Borchert
They Will Be Remembered
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
December 23, 2009
To the Families of Our Fallen. Thinking of you this Christmas

The tears that fall to a winter’s sky
A loved one looks off into the night
For Christmas Eve is a lonely time
When a loved one is not held tight
We know they would have been here
For their families, for their friends
If they had not given our world the gift
In their service to all mankind
They stepped forth to change a world so wrong
Lift a country from it’s past
To provide a future for those in need
A future to go forth and last
But someone stole this life so strong
The beauty of a thought
Of stepping forth, to stand protect
And the goodness it could have brought
Please fill this void, warm this broken heart
Who looks out upon this eve
Troubled in a thought, a loss
Of someone now so close to thee
Oh lord please place a gentle thought
A memory of a time
When joy would fill this household warm
And keep it there at Christmas time
Let this family know we care so much
They should not be alone
Please help our thoughts be passed along
To warm those within this home
For Christmas is a time to know
That the coming of this child
Provides for all across our earth
To be reunited with that smile
The one that used to hold a hand
Or hold us in a hug
The one for whom we shed these tears
On this cold and lonely night
Please hold them close on Christmas morn
Celebrate the birthday of this child
Who came to bring salvation forth
To reunite them in awhile

By Roger Borchert

We pray oh Lord you stand near this Christmas to warm, to hold these families tight and mend these hearts so torn. Wishing you all the best this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
November 08, 2009
In Respect of our Military Families, Our Fallen, and Wounded on Remembrance Day

For what we take for granted
So many have died for
So many lives so vastly changed
At the dreadful cost of war
There is the good; there is the bad
A liberated nation cheers
Left in dread for those young souls lost
Devastated a world back home
Efforts to protect a peace
That no one thought was near
Laying lives upon the line
Visions at times so unclear
Lives touched by fear or lived in dread
Of wounded coming home
Of crosses lined in many rows
From a trip down a heroes road
I have been sitting on the bank
Of a river flowing by
Flowing heavy with the flood of tears
From their family’s eyes
For on this day of remembrance
Their thoughts, their dreams, their prayers
Are focused on a loved one lost
Leaving them in such despair
My heart it wants to reach out
Let them know I can’t forget
The gift they’ve laid for their fellow man
Tis the greatest gift to give
So humbled in a moment’s thought
So treasured was the step
That they took forth at their country’s call
Let it never be forgot
We measure freedom lightly now
For we’ve grown so familiar with
But if not for those who took this step
And gave this precious gift
Would we take it so very lightly
Would we have the chance to vent
About all that annoys and bothers us
Without retribution for what we’ve said
So thankful they stood so proudly for
All that we hold so dear
All that makes us Canada
For me it’s oh so clear
For some others they just don’t get it
They think so little of
What has been placed in front of them
At the cost of someone’s love
If I could send forth a message
Place it in a bottle, float it by
I’d provide a note of how much I care
For those whose tears are flowing by
If I could walk along this shore
Such a warming hug I’d give
To those who’ve lost a loved one
So we can live the way we live

By Roger Borchert

So Many gave so much so we could be who we are. So Proud to be Canadian
We will Remember Them

Our Hearts, Our Tears, Our Prayers
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
April 08, 2009
Thinking of our Canadian Fallen Soldiers due to our efforts in Afghanistan. For them, their families, friends and fellow soldiers during this Easter Season: this Poem was written with the help of one of their Mothers. For her assistance and inspiration I am so very, very grateful.

We thank you Lord for being near
And for your gifts given unto us
We thank you too for sending forth
Your son’s so gentle touch
He provides our world with caring hearts
Without which we could not love
He gives strength to those who would step forth
In a world hidden but from above
They’ve stepped beneath terrors darkened clouds
Too many whisked away
We pray Oh Lord you gather them
Provide them a new day
Please take them close, near to thee
We entrust them to your care
Let them rest awhile hold them near
And set their spirits free
May they stand proud now
Among their peers
Families, friends, and loved ones too
For in the loving Grace of an angel’s touch
We’re drawn so much closer unto you

Thank you so very much for your efforts and sacrifice towards making our world a better place.

Our tears, our hearts, our prayers
Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
February 14, 2009
To Sherry Clark
Mother, Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe

May an angel pass near, envelope you in his love and leave a kiss upon the cheek of his special Valentine.

The Borchert Family
Slave Lake, Alberta
December 31, 2008
For the loved ones of Canada’s Fallen Heroes

May the New Year bring
A warmth to thee
That helps to heal the heart
That mends the fracture caused within
That’s torn you apart
May it whisper in your ear at night
That love is standing near
That you will never be alone
A warmth to quell your fear
May it welcome you in mornings’ light
And be near throughout the day
Standing near to comfort you
In a needed special way
May you always know
The time will come
Together you will be
Find in the tear a memory brings
The joy it helped you see

May the lord be near throughout the year, come and help in every day, that it takes for you to overcome this tragedy life did play.

Our Hearts, Our tears, Our Prayers
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
December 20, 2008
For the families, loved ones, and friends of Canada’s fallen soldiers: It was written this evening with thoughts of what you and your families are going through at this season and could not hold it back any longer. It is my Christmas gift to you all.

I thank you for wandering near
As you think of where I lie
You think of what I went through
And a tear wells up inside

Let not that tear
Fall for me I’m sitting watching you
For I’m not there at all no more
I’m here inside of you

I’m sitting near within your thoughts
And in your memories
I’m just the thought a gentle breeze
In a gust of memory

I’m the gentle shiver when you are near
I’m the glimmer in your eye
I’m the sparkle that a teardrop brings
When it wells up in your eye

I’m the smile a fond moment brings
I’m the warmth you held so dear
Remember that, as time goes by
And know I’m standing near

As you look upon the Christmas tree
Shinning at this time of year
Know the Lord sent his only son
So that I could be standing near

May our Lord be near you all.

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all during this so difficult time of year. Please know that it comes complete with the glisten of tears held within the eyes of it’s, author Roger Borchert. Thank you so very much for the efforts of your loved one towards making our world a better place

The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
November 10, 2008
Rememberance day tomorrow buddy, you'll never be forgotten.
November 06, 2008
In Respect and Remembrance of Our Fallen Warriors, their Mothers, Fathers, Wives, Children, Grandparents, Loved Ones, Friends, Fellow Troops, and all those Canadians whose hearts and tears lay at your side; I submit:

There are no words that I can place here in this registry that could ever justify or explain the loss of your loved one, friend, or fellow soldier. Please know that my family and I cannot stand idly by, without taking a moment, to express how much our hearts go out to you. There is no greater gift towards the future of our country, our world, our humanity, than the efforts and sacrifices made by our Canadian forces towards making our world a better place. Whatever the politics of the day, whatever the leadership of the moment, our selfless warriors have stepped forth to deploy to meet the needs of our changing world, with honour and an integrity that is unrivalled. We as Canadians truly bow and honour your efforts and sacrifice.

We have fallen on fields of battle
In lands so far from home
We have marched to war in honour
For those who’ve felt alone
We have defended those who couldn’t
And stood between the lines
Of two opposing armies
In this new world in our time
We have stood for those who cannot
For those who are oppressed
Standing shoulder to shoulder
To help others do their best
We have held our line with honour
Fury held at bay
Rebuilding a broken nation
To allow all to have a say
Our sons and daughters moms and dads
Stepped forth to make it so
A gift given for a better world
Such a precious gift you know
Our youth in pride have stepped forth
Do this job as best they can
Lay their life upon the line
Each true Canadians
They will not be forgotten
We can never turn away
They have taught the price of giving
In such an honoured way
For where would our world be then
If we just stood by and watched
Could we look ourselves in the eye
And say it wasn’t lost

Our tears. Our thanks. Our prayers.
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
September 30, 2008
Sherry Clark
Mother, Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe

In March of this year I started posting a thank you to the parents, families and loved ones of our fallen soldiers. In doing so and visiting their guest books to enter how I feel, I came across your efforts to share your own feelings as the mother of a fallen soldier. I wish to thank you for your efforts and inspiration. I am now in the process of visiting all the guest books of our fallen soldiers available to let them know, I and my family, are so very thankful for their efforts towards making our world a better place. Here is the poem that I have written for them and for Joel and those near to him. My sincere apologies that it took me, as a Canadian, so long to awaken to the lose of so many of Canada's forces involved in this mission.

With a heavy heart stepping forth
Please forgive me when I say
That I let you down in the past
In not a little way

I did not write to let you know
Just how much I cared
For the sacrifice you’ve given
For so many in despair

You stepped forth and joined our forces
Laid your life upon the line
To bring about a safer world
A new world in our time

Fellow soldiers friends and families
And those you held so dear
Still think of you most everyday
For us others it’s not so clear

We must slow down and take the time
Understand how great the cost
For if not placed in front of us
Can we comprehend the loss

Sometimes we’re just so very shy
Or we don’t know what to say
Or do not want to interfere
Or seem superficial in any way

I can no longer withhold my thoughts
I have to pass them on
For it breaks my heart just thinking of
All those left to carry on

Please know that you are in my prayers
Will be there for years to come
Know that you are in my thoughts
For the efforts you have done

Oh yes there is that special day
To remember not to forget
Those who’ve paid the greatest price
We can never repay this debt

Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe we knew you not, but our prayers reach out for you, your loved ones, friends, and fellow soldiers. We do, so dearly, thank you and your loved ones for your efforts towards making our world a better place.

The Borchert Family Slave Lake Alberta
September 22, 2008
Oh lord please hear
Our pain runs deep
At the loss of so many sons
Oh lord be near
To those who wait
The return of those so dear

Oh lord give strength
Help us endure
This foe we’re up against
Oh lord please guide
Our warrior lads
As they stand for those who can’t

Help us provide
A better life
In this your changing world
For those oppressed
And left behind
With no future to be unfurled

In doing so
Please stand near
Mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons
Who’ve lost a loved one
Stepping forth
Your comfort needed to overcome

Let the world know
We’ve stood near
To those who need a friend
For those who need
A helping hand
In a country on the mend

We do, so dearly, thank you all and your loved ones for your efforts towards making our world a better place.

The Borchert Family Slave Lake Alberta
September 20, 2008
always remembered... never forgotten...
July 02, 2008
Happy Canada Day buddy... miss ya. Think about ya often, thank you for everything!
May 30, 2008
God Bless men like Joel... Thank you Sherry & Family for sharing your wonderful son, brother , uncle and friend with us. The gift of love for others and courage to stand up for freedom is something you all should be so proud of. Sherry you raised a wonderful son.. be proud, I know the tears fall, pain stays and hurt never goes away but the wonderful memories come every minute with a small smile followed by a sharpe pain.... I too lost a son at 19 years old and understand the hurt.....Joel will always be remembered by those who loved and knew him and those who did not have the chance too... what an honor for you ... be strong... don't forget he gave his life for what he loved..... you and your family...
God Bless.
Tammy Faye
December 18, 2007
I found this inuit proverb that has given me comfort.
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
I miss Joel so much. I dont think I will ever fully understand he is gone forever,all I know is every now and then a great sadness creeps into my heart,and I remember.Then I am filled with great memories of my childhood friend,my first kiss and a man turned into a hero. Thanks Joel. We all miss and love you
November 08, 2007
We are doing a tribute to all the soldiers that have died in the war and we each get names to represent people and I am representing Joel Wiebe. I am so sorry for everyone that has suffered from this loss and I am truly honoured to be representing what was said to be "the happpiest man in NATO". I just want to let you know we, as Canadians, will never forget what the soldiers are doing for us.
November 08, 2007
We shall never forget.
November 05, 2007
My Family thanks you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice.
October 05, 2007
You are a brave man. Thank you for what you have done for our country. <3
August 29, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
July 23, 2007
I am so sorry to here about your son I just got the news today.(june 22/07). I just pray that you are okay.
July 11, 2007
On behalf of my wife Denise, daughters Ann-Marie and Kathie-Lee and myself, I would like to offer our Condolences on he loss of your son, grandson and brother. He was Truly A Canadian Hero.

Philip Ryan
One Airborne Battery Cadian Airborne Regiment, 76 - 77
E, Battery and AD Troop 2RCHA 77 – 79
July 11, 2007
On behalf of my wife Denise, daughters Ann-Marie and Kathie-Lee and myself, I would like to offer our Condolences on he loss of your husband, son, grandson and brother. He was Truly A Canadian Hero.

Philip Ryan
One Airborne Battery Cadian Airborne Regiment, 76 - 77
E, Battery and AD Troop 2RCHA 77 – 79
July 11, 2007
I am here passing on my condolences to the family of a great man. May he forever watch over you and all of us, making our lives safer, just as he did while he was here:)
July 11, 2007
Sherry & Family
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been quite a few years since we last saw all of you and my heart just sank when I heard the news. Just wanted to write and say that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you take some comfort in knowing what his sacrifice means to all of us and how proud you should be of Joel. He was always an amazing kid and a pleasure to be around. Anyone who knew Joel was a very lucky person and you should be so proud of the man he became. Thinking of you with very heavy hearts.
Love Jackie & Taylor
July 10, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Joel. We know how much you loved him and how proud you are of him. Sherry and Anna, your grace and strength through the past weeks would have made Joel very proud. We hope your many fond memories of him will help through the difficult times ahead. Perhaps it is some comfort to know that we will never forget what Joel (and you) gave up for us. Your friends, Kevin, Dawne and Owen
July 10, 2007
Words cannot express our saddness for your loss. With deepest sympathy for your family, extended family and friends.

Corporal Taylor Kilmartin's Mother and Stepfather, Sandra Martin and Paul Weir.
July 09, 2007
Sherry and family,
We can not imagine what you are going through - seems like yesterday you were at Jiggers with Joel and the girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless Joel for his sacrifice.
July 06, 2007
Dear Joel,
Our memories of you are of happy times and will always be in our hearts. Your sacrifice for freedom is the greatest imaginable, we love you. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to your whole family, you will be dearly missed.
July 06, 2007
Sherry Clark,
Our son Lane worked alongside Joel in A Coy in Edmonton and in 2Pl in C Coy in Kandahar. When we heard the news of the loss of Joel, we wanted to tell you that Lane was one of his comrades that helped carry him on the first part of his journey home at the ramp ceremony at KAF. I hoped it would somehow help you to know that someone who knew, respected and cared deeply for him was there for him. I couldn't find the words at that time to express how sorry we are for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of your family, and Anna especially, in these most difficult of days.

Parents of Pte. Lane Watkins
July 06, 2007
so sorry to hear the news about Joel. Take care.
July 05, 2007
My Deepest sympathy to all that knew and loved Joel Vincent Wiebe
may you have some comfort with all your precious memories!
July 05, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 05, 2007
Your contributions while trying to make the world a better place will never be forgotten. Thank you Joel Vincent Wiebe for representing our country. You along with all of the other soldiers in Afghanistan are heroes.
July 04, 2007
This brave Canadian hero gave his life to make a better world.
July 04, 2007
You do not grieve alone..the country grieves with you, the family of Trooper Darryl Caswell is with you in prayer and honor. Our fine boys are forever in our hearts. I lost my nephew and gained a hero. Condolences to your family.
July 03, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of a fine young man who was a son, brother, spouse, grandson, uncle, friend, and admired citizen. To all the families that loved Joel, and especially to Sherry, Anna, Joe, Amanda, Marcie, Michelle, the extended Wiebe and Wede families: the enormous grief we feel is impossible to express. May you find strength to overcome and arrive at peace, as you reflect on and treasure the many loving memories and contributions that Joel has made. My thoughts are with you all.
July 03, 2007
To the Wiebe Family
We wish that there was something we could do to ease your pain. My heart ache everytime I hear of another fallen soldier. We lost our dear nephew Sgt. Craig Gillam on Oct 3rd 2006. Think about the good times you had with Joel It will help you through these hard times. God Bless
July 02, 2007
You are my hero.
July 02, 2007
Joel...Ruhe Sanft(R.I.P in German) and condolences to the entire wiebe family and friends from the heppner family.
July 01, 2007
Our sincere condolences to the family of Pte. Wiebe. We didn't know Pte. Wiebe but we are hurting with you as we are in laws of MCpl Allan Stewart who was KIA on April 11, 2007. We don't know the pain of losing a son but we do know the pain of losing a son in law, may your memories of Joel give you comfort and may God be your strength. Thank you Joel for the great sacrifice you made for your country and all that you believed in.
July 01, 2007
To live in the hearts of those you love is to not really die at all.

July 01, 2007
I am sorry for your loss, the Family and Soldier are in our prayers. God bless him and all that have stepped up in the past and those that will follow his lead in the future.
July 01, 2007
I had the pleasure and honour of meeting and serving with Pte. Wiebe during our time in Basic Training. He was a great comrade and soldier. May he never be forgotten.
June 30, 2007
Dear Sherry and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joel is an inspiration to all of us. If only we could all be as brave! Thank you Joel for all you have given! Sherry, Joel is with god and is watching out for you!
Your friend, Sandra Kerr (PPC)
June 30, 2007
To the family and friends of Joel Vincent I extend my sincere condolences,he has serve his Country well,may his soul rest in peace.
June 30, 2007
Joel was an amazing person and i am honored to have known him. He had a way to make a person laugh in any situation. A Hero to all of us. Gone but never forgotton.
June 30, 2007
Sherry and Family,
I was so saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It takes a very special person to do what Joel did in serving our country and you must be very proud in having such a wonderful son and brother.
Katie N.
June 30, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
June 30, 2007
Thank you for your sacrifice, that of Joel's and yours as a family. We need to take more time to recognize their courage in dying for what they believe in. That shows such a depth of character and deserves to be honored
June 30, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to Joel's family and friends. We could not have a Canada Day without the dedication and risks which our troops rise to meet.
June 30, 2007
To the Families of: Pte. Joel Wiebe, Cpl. Stephen Bouzane, and Sgt. Christos Karigiannis
I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your sons. Although they are gone it will be a comfort to know that they died doing what they wanted to do and believed to be right. Their actions have improved the lives of many Afghan people. On this side of the world here in Canada we sleep easier knowing that there are young men who willingly risk death to keep freedom alive. May we all keep the memory of them and their sacrifices alive not only publicly on Remembrance Day but in our hearts and minds every day.
June 30, 2007
We knew Joel when he was just little and we lived next door to Joe and Sherry in Millwoods. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family.
June 29, 2007
To the families and fiancee of Joel, my heartfelt condolences. May the peace, love and comfort of our Lord be with you all and carry you through this very dark time. Thank You JOEL, for Your sacrifice of laying down your life so that we could all sleep a little better each night.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO!!! May you now sleep with the angels in our Heavenly home. God Bless
June 29, 2007
Joel's sacrifice will not go unnoticed and will not be forgotten. We the people that served on this mission will not forget the ones we left behind , EVER..........I mourn with you .
June 29, 2007
Sherry, Michelle and Family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Son and Brother. May time, memories and the support of friends and family help you all through this. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,
Susan McCullough-Pereira
June 29, 2007
Dear Anna - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was so blessed to have met you and all your family last Friday. Please know that you are loved and are an inspiration. God Bless, Jody Notter (Tanya's sister:)
June 29, 2007
June 28, 2007
My thoughts & prayers are with your family at this time. I knew your family through years of softball. Thank you to Joel for giving his life serving our country & trying to make the world safer.
With deepest sympathy,
June 28, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It's been a while since we saw Joel. Probably the softball party you had at your house way back when, but I wanted you all to know that we are all thinking of you. Gord, Sandy and Shari Cummins and Stacey Telford
June 28, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joel who gave the utlimate sacrifice for his country. He was a wonderful man who gave everyone around him a reason to smile and felt honored to be serving his country. We will miss him dearly. I only knew him briefly but I will always remember his smile and laughter as they were a huge part of who he was. God now has a very special soldier amongst his troops in heaven to look over us and help us through the hard times ahead.
June 27, 2007
Anna and the Wiebe Family, Joel and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you bravely face this trying time. Anna, the poise and grace you have shown is a true inspiration to not only your friends and family but to all Canadians. May God continue to give you strength.
June 27, 2007
Our thoughts to you. Our hearts to you. Our thanks to you for raising a son who served his country to keep my son and my daughter safe. Our deepest, deepest thanks for his eternal sacrifice.
Godspeed, Joel.
And to your family our humble thoughts and prayers.
With sincere sympathy
June 27, 2007
Dear Joe and family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss of Joel. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

Don, Cheryl, Carrie & James Lorenz
June 27, 2007
We are so sorry for the loss of your son. Words cannot take the pain away but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
June 27, 2007
Dear Family and friends of Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the death of your beloved Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe.

Pte. Wiebe is a true son of Canada and a light onto the world. He is a hero.

May the memory of Pte. Joel Wiebe be forever honoured by every Canadian.

Our wish is our Canadian Forces succeed in helping Afghanistan become a free and democratic nation which is a very honourable mission.
June 27, 2007
Dear Anna & Sherry & Families
Joel was blessed - he loved & was loved, he had a caring family & great friends, he realized his dream to be a soldier and had a second family in the army. I will remember him as I last saw him - at his party before he shipped out - Excited & Proud & Smiling. My prayers are with you.
June 27, 2007
I remember Joel. Anna, Joel and I went to a movie and played dance dance ?revolution in the arcade afterwards. I don't remember the movie, but he was ?a really nice guy and I remember being glad that Anna had someone that good ?to be smitten over. They were really cute together and with Joel there were ?only good vibes. I would like to pass along my condolences and hugs. I'm so sorry ?it happened to Joel and Anna, they of all people especially deserved ?the best.
June 27, 2007
To Anna: May God continue to live and dwell in your heart and life, to strengthen you and care for you, with his tender mercy and loving kindness. You have shared so much of God’s love to others, through your singing and in your love to Joel, your family and to all of us who have been blessed with your presence. Joel was definitely blessed with your love and your presence and he basked in it and loved it. During the very tough times that you are in, I pray for God’s continual guidance in your life. With hugs and prayers for you now…..cherie
June 27, 2007
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. You are a true hero and will not be forgotten.
Although I only knew you for a short portion of your life you deeply touched me and showed me what a great man you are.
You performed your duties above and beyond expectations and your mission here is now complete. Thank you and Rest In Peace.

Thank you as well Anna, Sherry and the Wiebe, Clark, and Thede families for your great sacrifice. You have made Joel proud in honoring his memory with your strength and I know Joel will always be there for you.

My sincerest condolences on your great loss and may God be with you.
June 26, 2007
To Anna, the Wiebe family and all of Joel's friends. I can't begin to express my sorrow. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I feel honored to have known Joel and will remember him always.
June 26, 2007
I knew Joel Wiebe in Elementary school, & a little bit in junior high school as well, he was a good friend of mine. one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I wanted to call his parents & sister & give them my condolences but I don't have their # or contact info, so hopefully they will read this, and i'll just say it through here.

everything you've read or heard about him being a funny guy that doesn't let anything get to him is true. he was always one to say something funny, to cheer his friends up & make them laugh, he was a really good guy. unfortunately we just lost touch at some point in junior high, when I saw his name on the news, I was totally shocked, I was saddened, and I thought of the friendship I had with joel, even though it's been a long itme, about 10 years, all the memories of our friendship came back to me, and it made me miss him even more. my condolences to his family, friends, his fiance & her family. RIP Joel, you were a brave guy, and you represented your country with honour & integrity.

if anyone from Joel's family is reading this & wouldn't mind contacting me, you can e-mail me at .
June 26, 2007
I am very sorry to here about your son. It broke my heart to find out what happened to your son. I also feel sorry for your other son Ben, he must feel sad.
June 26, 2007
June 26, 2007
Sherry and Family, Joel is an angel. He was a brave and loving young man. Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
June 26, 2007
Our most sincerest condolences to our friend Sherry, her family and Anna. We have never met Joel but heard so much about him from his mum and felt like we knew him and knew what a wonderful person he was. We were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Distance does not mean we will not support you in any way we possibly can and you are all always in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the happy memories you have of Joel and the time you spent together. Rest In Peace Joel and God Bless you all.
June 26, 2007
To Family & Friends
His sacrifice to his country was the most anyone could give, and he gave it with all his heart. Knowing at some point this may happen he still went forward knowing the loved ones that may be left behind to grieve because he did what he believed (He took great pride in serving his country). Joel was a Ray of sunshine to all of us who new him, but we were the lucky ones to have known him. He believed in family & friends and they came first before all else. He is watching down on all of them with great pride and love and outstretched arms for support to help them through this very hard emotional time. Our prayers and support are with you all in this time of great sorrow. Love from our house to yours.
June 26, 2007
My sincere condolences on the loss of Joel. My heart is just breaking for your family cause I know only too well the heartache, & loss you are going through. I too lost my son Pte. Kevin Kennedy on Easter Sunday, April 8th along with 5 of his comrades from 2RCR, H-Coy. The tears just keep flowing as I write this message to you. It's been close to 3 months now since we lost Kevin but the pain is just as great today as it was then. Take comfort in knowing we've got our guardian angels to help us through this terrible ordeal. My prayers & thoughts are with u. God bless u & give u the strength to go on without your hero , Always, Kevin's Mom
June 26, 2007
All I am able to offer are my positive feelings and thoughts for Joel in hopes that somehow it can give you strength in your time of sorrow.
I am proud to have the opportunity to put my words into the guest book of such a special individual. Thank you.
June 26, 2007
Sherry and Family,

I hope the memories of Joel, and your immense proudness of him - help to ease the heartache. There is no question he was loved, and that he loved you. Your family will always be in my thoughts.
June 26, 2007
To Sherry and all Joel's family and friends,

I never knew this fine young man, this brave soldier. My years with the military helps me understand his sacrifice but the loss is never any easier to bear.

I know the angels guard him now and watch over you all. I wish you all peace and send my heartfelt thanks for giving this world your son, brother, loving man.
June 26, 2007
Our family and friends pray for the family of Joel Vincent Wiebe. No doubt this is very challenging and very emotional but God has another plan for Joel. He is now watching over us and one day when we all get to heaven, Joel will be there waiting at the pearly gates to welcome us home. God bless!
From the Beaver Family
Allan & Eunice Beaver and kids.
June 26, 2007
Sherry - My heart stopped when I learned that it was your Joel that was gone. You and your family have been in my thoughts every day.
June 26, 2007
Sherry and family, my heart goes out to you. I can not possibly know the pain you are going through but I do know that you can be very proud of Joel. My condolences and God bless you all.
June 26, 2007
For Joel's dedication and that of his comrades; and all those who honourably serve ... may we honour THEM by standing together as one; as a nation and people. May the Lord fill you with the peace that passes all understanding...
June 26, 2007
Wiebe family Joe, sherry,Michele,marcie,Amanda. Times like this make you remember how we loose touch with each other not knowing Joel as a soldier. I do remember him as a little boy living next door.I do remember you as a child that was always happy, caring,of your older sisters and them of you. Times like this I wish we could slow down our busy lives we all think we have and keep in touch, and even a call now and again as I did not know you were a soldier and what a good man you became. Sherry I would like to here from you and give you a big big hug. been thinking of you daily .e.mail address :
June 26, 2007
I would like to extend my condolences to Anna and the Wiebe family.I pray that you will continue to find comfort in Joels enthusiasm for the military and the job he wanted to do and did so well. It was a plesure knowing and working with him.
June 26, 2007
To the family of Joel Vincent; Darlene ( mom of Trp Darryl Caswell) Jolene (Sister) & I (Step-Father) share your grief. Darlene was heartbroken at more Canadian Soldiers killed in Afghanistan. We learned of Joel's death while on our way to the church to pay our respests to our son, Darryl. We went to the Mill St. Newcastle bridge on Sunday to pay our respects to Joel, Christos & Stephen as they made thier final journey home. No words can describe the pain you will feel in your heart. Memories of Joel will carry you through this supreme tradgedy. We are still in a "Fuzzy" stage of dealing with our loss, as I know you are, too. I am praying for your family.
Chris Proud Step-Father of Trp Darryl Caswell. R.C.D.
June 25, 2007
Dear Anna and the Wiebe family. There is little I can say to express my sorrow for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what you are all going through right now. If there is anything at all that we can do to help, please let us know. The young men and women serving their country are too often out of mind until a tragedy like this happens and brings home the dangerous reality that our heros in uniform deal with every day. May god be with you all in your time of need.
June 25, 2007
Sympathy to all whose hearts were touched by Joel Wiebe. Please find peace and comfort from those around you.
June 25, 2007
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
June 25, 2007
Your loss is felt even in the hearts of strangers.
June 25, 2007
Joel thank you for your service to our country, we can never repay you for your sacrifice.
Anna & the Wiebe family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the tough days to follow. Joel is a true hero.
June 25, 2007
Joel was one of my best friends.He was always joking and quoting.He was caring and giving.He was the other half of team werewolf.I think even ghost rider would agree you are a hero joel.I have so much too say about him yet I find myself at a loss for words.He was someone words can't describe.He had many admirable traits. He was someone I cherished and loved and will forever miss.I will never forget you joel.
June 24, 2007
Joel, we will always remember you. Our family expresses the most heartfelt condolences to all of your family. You are a true soldier and you served Canada well.
June 24, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of sorrow, and with my best friend who lost her little brother. May peace help ease the pain, and know Joel is a true hero in all of our hearts and his memory will live with us forever.
June 24, 2007
Joel and I trained together in Wainwright. Joel was a good friend even though he made me drive the long way home, dropping him off in Millwoods on the weekend. When I think of Joel all I can do is smile because all of my memories of him are good ones.
Joel was a very fit troop and a great friend I will miss him.
June 24, 2007
Godspeed Private Joel Wiebe.
you have achieved so much as a humaintarian, in such a short time, and so selflessly.
Godspeed Private Joel Wiebe.
You are and will always be a "hero"
wngf...a canadian.
June 24, 2007
On behalf of Sherry (Joel's mother) we would like to thank you all for taking the time to write your thoughts and condolences. Sherry has been staying with us during this difficult time and when we read your messages, we were all comforted. Joel was a very positive, loving and brave young man. He will remain a hero in our hearts for all time. Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.
June 24, 2007
As a mother, I can only imagine the grief that you are enduring. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family.
June 24, 2007
Our prayers are with you in this time of grief. That the Lord will bring solice and comfort and that HIS VOICE will speak words of love to your hearts so sorrowful at this time.
June 24, 2007
To family, friends and comrades of Pte. Wiebe: Please know that many of your fellow countrymen share in this time of sorrow. I know you are proud of Joel, of his commitment to his country and to making the world a better place. May the pain of your loss be eased by many happy memories of Joel and by the knowledge that our Lord forgets no one.
June 24, 2007
My deepest sympathy to this young Heros family & friends. He will never be forgotten. God Bless you all.
Nebraska Soldiers' Angel
Tammy W
June 24, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 24, 2007
You are a Canadian hero, whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Rest well my brave Soldier.

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe. May memories comfort you always. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
June 24, 2007
My sympathy to the family and friends of Pte. Joel Wiebe. I'm so sorry for your loss.
June 23, 2007
Our deepest condolences and symphanies to your family. RIPwith Trooper Darryl Caswell in a happier place.
June 23, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
June 23, 2007
To Anna and the Wiebe Family.I first met Joel during basic training in St. Jean, Quebec, I found him to be a very quiet guy who was always eager to get the job done fast and efficient. I only knew him for 6 mths but i know he had a deep love for family and i know he will be watching over you until you meet again. So i send you my deepest condolences in your time of loss, but for the lenght of time i knew him i know he would want you to remember the good times that you shared.
Former member of CDN armed forces.
June 23, 2007
My sincere condolences to Pte. Joel Wiebe’s friends and family.

He will always be a citizen, soldier and hero of Canada who has given the ultimate scarifice to our great nation.

"My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles, who now will be my Rewarder; so he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side."
June 23, 2007
To Family, Friends & Comrades of another Canadian Hero who lay down his life for what he believed in.

I extend to you my deepest sympathy and prayers at this most difficult time. Words cannot do justice to honor this brave soldier. He gave his 'ALL' and to that I salute him. I can only imagine how your hearts are broken and the grief you feel. I too have a son in the military, who will be deployed in the near future to this worn torn country. My heart aches as I think of all we have lost and the sacrifices that have been made. May the Blessed Lord give you comfort in the days ahead. I will continue to pray for you and all his love ones. May the memories you share substain you, until you meet again.
My condolences is sent with the greatest respect for Joel.
June 22, 2007
Sincerest condolences to family, militray family, friends and comrades of Pte Joel Vincent Wiebe Bouzane.

June 22, 2007
Our deepest condolances to the family and friends of Joel Wiebe. We are proud to have such outstanding members in our military community. His service and sacrifices for our country will not be forgotten
June 22, 2007
Leonard Wiebe
June 22, 2007
rest in peace, and god bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. But remember he was doing a job he loved and was helping rid the afghan people of tryanny.
June 22, 2007
My sincere condolences to the family of Joel. May God bless you for your sacrifice that you all made for our country.
June 22, 2007
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
June 22, 2007
I was very sad to hear that we lost three more soldiers. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, fiance and friends of this brave man. Thank-you Pte. Joel Wiebe for serving our country. Rest in peace and God bless you!
June 22, 2007
Sincere condolences to Stephen's family and friends, as well as to PPCLI on their loss.
To borrow from Psalm 23: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life: and he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
From a former Reserve (cadet) officer…
June 22, 2007
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
June 22, 2007
i do not know joel or his family,however this young man severed his country well no words can express how we feel rest in peace joel ,may the lord be with you
June 22, 2007
Our Condolences to the family of Joel. May the love of family and friends help at this tragic time.
June 22, 2007
Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe
"Thank You!"
For doing what most, would not do.
You are the "PRIDE" of Canada.
My deepest sympathy to your entire Family & FRiends,
So sorry for your loss.
June 21, 2007
To the family of Joel, please except deepest condolences from an old soldier. Having served in long past Canadian Peace Keeping theatres I appreciate the sacrifice our young men face voluntarily to keep our country safe.
June 21, 2007
My prayers and thoughts are with the Wiebe family during this difficult time. I am truly greatful for the efforts and bravery of Joel, he is a hero and will not be forgotten.
June 21, 2007
To the family and friends of Joel, my deepest sympathy
June 21, 2007
My heart and prayers are with you all in this very hard time. As every man and women who puts on a uniform is... Joel is a hero. Loved by many and now respected by a nation. To Anna...may his love live with you forever...he will be watching over you till you meet again... May he rest in peace.
June 21, 2007
To The Wiebe Family,

Joel Vincent Wiebe a brave soldier
may he rest in peace.
June 21, 2007
Rest in peace brother. We shall never forget your memory and what you did to serve your country.
June 21, 2007
To the Family,
My heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Dear Son, and to his Fiance.
May he live in your hearts forever.
A Mother
June 21, 2007
To The Wiebe Family,
I never met your brave soldier and yet he has touched so many hearts.I have only prayers to offer you,but you see it is the best I can give.He died so we could have peace and freedom and so that makes him a HERO.Our family are military and so we have a love for all soldiers who have fought so hard for us in so many war torn places.Please except my prayers for your amazing young man.
Yours Truly,
Suzanne Ball
June 21, 2007
To Joel's family and friends, my deepest condolence. You are a true hero, rest in peace.
June 21, 2007
My deepedt sympathy to family. Joel was a hero . May he Rest in Peace
June 21, 2007
My sincere condolences to all the family
June 21, 2007
My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Thank you for serving Canada.
You will not be forgotten.
June 21, 2007
For your bravery we give you thanks. You will not be forgotten.
Prayers to the Wiebe family.
June 21, 2007
We will never forget your sons sacrifice.
June 21, 2007
Thank you for giving of yourself to help us have a better life.

My condolences go out to your family as well as your military family.
June 21, 2007
Deeply sorry over the loss of one of Canada's finest,our condolences go out to his family and friends,especially Anna.Thank you Joel we won't forget you.
June 21, 2007
Amanda and the Weibe family. Our deepest condolences during your time of sorrow. Joel and my son grew up together in Mill Woods and he and his friends all speak well of Joel and the time they spent together. His, and your sacrifice for the rest of us to live in peace and security cannot be repaid. We can only voice our support for your family at this difficult time. Joel lives on in the memory of those in Mill Woods lucky enought to have known him during his short but heroic life. We will not forget him, the other fallen soldiers or their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
June 21, 2007
I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of Joel. He is a Hero.

Lest We Forget
June 21, 2007
Thank you for having served our country well and for the ultimate sacrifice for our rights and freedoms. Condolences to your family. Our hearts and prayers go out to them during this time.
June 21, 2007
To Joel's family, military family and friends...please accept my deepest condolences. My heart goes out to you all. As the mother of a soldier about to deploy to Kandahar next month I know that our men and women in the military believe in what they are doing and we believe in them. At this time, there is not a lot anyone can say to comfort you but never lose sight of the fact that Joel died a hero, doing something he believed in. He will always be remembered.
June 21, 2007
June 21, 2007
Words can never express the pain ! - RIP brave young man, you served your country with honour and will never be forgotten.
June 21, 2007
So young and with so much promise Pte Joel V Wiebe chose soldiering as a way to express his beliefs. In doing so he showed the greatness our country holds and the willingness of Cdns to help those in need. In his loss we have seen what true dedication is and all will hold his memory in our hearts knowing his life had great meaning and purpose. May God be with all who know him and give each solace and understanding to deal with his death.
God Guard Thee
CMO Frontiersmen
June 21, 2007
My most sincere condolences to all the family and friends this young man has touched. Joel will forever be in your hearts.
June 21, 2007
To the family of Joel Wiebe. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joel he has served this country with distincition. As a Canadian I am so proud of Joel for helping people whom are defenseless. Joel has served this country with pride and honor.
June 21, 2007
Amanda and Family, I am so greatly sorry for your loss. As an American I have a tremendous amount of respect for any person who would lay down their life for their country and their people, there is no greater sacrifice. Thank you for your service and courage Joel, it will never be forgotten.
June 21, 2007
We are so sorry you are going through this very sad time. We thank Joel for his courage for us.
We will pray god for you.
June 21, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
June 21, 2007
We sorrow with you. We admire your courage, and Joel's, who, knowing the risks, went anyway and died with his friends for our freedom and for that of people who never knew him. May God bring you His comfort at this time.
June 21, 2007
John 15:13 - "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

You didn't even know most of the people you died for ... but you you sacrificed it all for them anyway. How can we ever thank
June 21, 2007
My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for trying to make this world a better place. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Susan, Denis, Charlie & Alana DeCharette
June 21, 2007
To the family, military family and friends of Pte. Wiebe, we extend our deepest sympathy. May God bless all of you and each member of our Canadian Forces.
June 21, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 21, 2007
May the Lord be with you and comfort you in this time of sorrow. My condolensces go our to all the family and friends, and hope you all the best.
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