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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
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 06, 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 23, 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
November 11, 2012
To my nephew Mark, always loved and missed!
November 11, 2012
Sadly missed by his uncle Jason! Condolences to his daughter, and parents at this time! He is spoken of highly and often.
May 02, 2012
To the Graham Family

My sincere condolences on the passing of Mark. May he be resting in peace, though giving you strength from above. The journey is a difficult and long one as I am finding out. We lost our son/soldier in Oct/11. The pain of losing a child is like that of no other. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as I remember those who gave their lives for us and this country! R.I.P. Mark

Supporting our Troops
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
November 11, 2011
Your sacrifice is never forgotten. R.I.P. Mark.
November 11, 2011
Thank you , Mark.
I'm sad that you died.
September 14, 2011
thinking of you....
November 12, 2010
Miss you bro!!!!!!!!
November 11, 2010
In memory of Mark and the many others who have sacrificed themselves to allow us to live our lives free of the fear of terrorism. You will always have a special place in my heart.
R.D. (Dave) Williams CD, Capt (ret'd)
November 11, 2010
never forgotten
November 11, 2010
In loving memory of Mark Graham. We will never forget you. Your friends from Hamilton and Sir Allan McNabb will always honour your memory and your ultimate sacrifice.
November 03, 2010
God Bless our fallen soldiers and those who continue to brave their lives for this Country.
November 01, 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
May 17, 2010
Thinking of you extra today as it would have been your 37th birthday. Time doesn't take away the pain, it only teaches us how to handle it. I miss you, Mark Anthony. ~Love is Eternal, you'll always be in my heart~
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
February 28, 2010
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 07, 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
September 07, 2009
Thank you Mark for your service and sacrifice. We will always be grateful.
September 01, 2009
As we approach the day that changed lives forever Mark; we are thinking of you and those who love you and hold you so close.

For sure, life can never be the same again for them. Those who loved you see the world so differently now without you here to share it with them.

To them; our hearts too ache for the loss they feel every day; but; especially on the 4th of September; we will keep them and you close in prayer.

Rest in Peace oh Good and Faithful Servant.

Sandy Mellish
Mother of a Canadian Hero
WO Frank Mellish KIA 03 Sep 2006
August 14, 2009
though its just around the corner.....i try not to think of that day and focus on all the other wonderful days in your life. keep smiling until we meet agian
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
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
Hey Mark. We only knew each other at track meets, and the occasional party. I always thought you were great. I remember you would kick everybody's butt in track, but you were so down to earth, and made everyone feel like your friend. Thanks for that. God sure is lucky to have you up there. :)
November 10, 2008
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
October 21, 2008
Speak His Name

Don’t be afraid to speak his name,

I know things aren’t the same.

He lives in my heart, soul and mind,

It’s a kind of peace that I find.

We all have memories that we can share,

Don’t hide them, it’s not fair.

So don’t let silence become a game,

That would be such a shame.

I love it when we reminisce,

The days with him that I still miss.

Don’t be afraid that we might cry,

Don’t make us have to say good-bye.

When we talk about the past,

It helps make the memories last.

So be my friend so dear,

End the silence that I fear!

MARK-ANTHONY GRAHAM.... you are missed and your memory is kept alive...."love is eternal, you'll always be in my heart"
September 29, 2008
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. Mark Anthony Graham 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
September 20, 2008
~{Rest In Peace}~
September 04, 2008
2 years ago today you were taken from this world to serve in gods army of angles, to watch over all your loved ones just as you did when you were here. Never far from my thoughts, always in my heart. Till we meet agian friend.
July 09, 2008
Just thinking of you and your beautiful smile. Never far from my thoughts and always in heart.
February 28, 2008
I miss you big guys.I think about all of you guy's that where there.I wish we could have know each other more then 5 mths before you left it was hard to hear what happen and I will think about you and your family every day. God bless I see you up there in the near time. your freind and your cook.
December 14, 2007
November 12, 2007
i dont really know what to say here, except that for some reason this one stuck with me. its made me want to join the armed forces even more. every day i wake up thinking about what happened, and even though i never knew you personally, i will honour your death.

god bless your family and friends.
November 08, 2007
Im a student at Port Dover Composite School and on Friday November 9th I am standing in recognition of Mark Graham at a school assembly. I would also like to say I am sorry for your loss.
October 13, 2007
You are cordially invited to attend the “Celebration of Life” Event as we honor and recognize the lives of Our Community Members and Fallen Soldiers we have lost during 2006-2007.
The program includes, a DVD Pictorial Memorial Tribute, Music, Candle lighting, Balloon Release, and Refreshments. Each family receives a personalized ornament to place on a Christmas tree as a remembrance of their loved one.
Families who have experienced loss find this event a wonderful time of remembrance and healing. We would love your family to be apart of this event as our Community joins together to recognize and honor your loved one during this Holiday Season.
We will be honoring all the Fallen Soldiers that were assigned to Fort Hood Texas. If you are not able to attend and would like to send a favorite photo, please feel free to do so.
RSVP By Website
Call Celebration of Life Staff at 254-245-7061
October 01, 2007
Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
September 05, 2007
It's been one year since you've been gone, and I still think about you a lot. I've had the Spectator with your story in it on my kitchen table since I bought it last Saturday. I've been staring at it all week and finally got myself to read it this morning. I knew it would be hard, it took me over an hour to read as I couldn't believe what I was reading, I read sentences over and over again and stopped clearly because I couldn't see because of my tears. You were so brave Mark and I am so proud of you. Your last days will always be with me, your words and your memory. "These people need help" you wrote in your diary... thank you Mark for fighting for a safer future for us and for your compassion to help the unfortunate people who do not live in a stable, safe,environment. I will always look up to you and someday will tell you myself what you mean to me. Until then you are in my prayers, and your family too, I can't imagine how they must be feeling... God bless you all...
September 04, 2007
I have never met you but it feels like I have known you forever. It still feels like yesterday even though it is a year ago today, you will never be forgotten. Godspeed Mark.
To the Graham family.
I am sorry I never got a chance to speek to you. I guess I have been wrapped up in my own grief and could'nt look pass my pain. You are in my prayers.
Kelly(wife of WO Richard Nolan)
September 04, 2007
A year ago hard to beleive. Me and Vance miss you sooooooooooo much it hurts. Jordan refers to you as Uncle Mark now. Anytime he sees your pictures he turns to us and says Uncle Mark. I really wish you could be here with all of us. Thinking of your family always. Miss you and love you
September 04, 2007
Grief comes in one size, Extra Large.
If we tuck it away in the bottom drawer
where it never sees the light of day,
it remains exactly the same.
On the other hand,
if we wear it, feel it, talk about it,
and share it with others,
it is likely that it will become faded, shrunk and worn,
or will simply no longer fit.
When grief has served its purpose,
we are able to recognize the many gifts we have gained.
September 03, 2007
Well its been a year now since u've been gone. Life is carrying on, i didnt know how to do that for awhile. Rylies really big now, and she'd be able to say ur name now, sometimes it sounds like she is but shes talkin to the dog. Fielder and I really miss you, i htink of u often. sinful chocolate, i miss you
August 25, 2007
To the Graham family I hope you have enjoyed the framed pictures of Mark playing in our regional championships. Those are some awsome pictures of Mark skying over everyone.It's the best pictures I've seen. I just wanted Mark to know that We finally won the mens NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS and i must say it was the hardest finals I've been in. The guys and I were thinking about mark throughout the tourney, and it wasn't until we were down by 3 with a minute or so left in the final that we called a time out. We were pretty quiet when one of the guys said listen up, lets win this for MARK man did we get fired up and before we knew it MARK ANTHONY GRAHAM WAS A CFB PETAWAWA STAG NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPION and our MVP.Mark that was for you. Miss you man. Thinking of you always.
July 31, 2007
Mark...what to will forever be have made such a positive impact on our lives, and for that we are grateful for..such wisdom could never be forgotten
June 26, 2007
I just wanted to let you know that I will be coming to see you next week. I am looking forward to talking with you again. I miss you more than words can describe, you were a great person and a better friend. Until next week. Take care!
May 17, 2007
hey mark just wanted to say happy birthday. i know you'll be looking down tommrow night when we celebrate you. cheers friend till we meet agian
May 16, 2007
I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday.
May 10, 2007
hey Graham. Its the craziest thing. I cant believe I was in basic with you only 3 years ago. time sure does fly, but wishing now it could of went a little slower. I miss you like mad, your an amzing person and im sure there are many that feel the same way. Im a little speachless right now cause i got the news about you by doing a report, which was not very easy to take. Miss you lots!!!!
May 07, 2007
Hey Mark Anthony. Missing you lots today. Keep thinking about the way you taught me to remain a positive person and to see good in everyone. Just want to say thank you for making me a better person. I miss you dearly.
April 09, 2007
Hey Mark, i'll never forget you for giving me back my life man... the things you said will stay with me forever.. you were an angel to us all
March 09, 2007
Hi Mark. It's Fox's brother. I never got to know you well but i heard great things about you. My Brother and my Father loved you dearly. I wish you were still here. I'm deeply proud of all your accomplishments and for keeping Kyle out of trouble, lol. I live to fight another day in your's and all other fallen comrades names. Pro Patria.
February 13, 2007
I was in Mark's section on work up training, and overseas. He was an outstanding driver and good soldier one of the best i have ever served with, and a personality unlike i have ever met. Truly a special person he will be missed. My condolences to the Graham family
February 03, 2007
I miss you, I love you, you are always in my heart. It so hard to say goodbye, so I won't, I can't. So hello my love, you are alive with me still.

Hugs and Kisses your CherryTomato
January 30, 2007
mark i didnt know you for a long time, but for the time i did know you was great and i will never forget it. you were as great a person as you were a soldier. you'll forever be remember.
"Another soldier dies and enters the gates of heaven, to St. Peter he says 'another soldier reporting sir, i've served my time in hell"
fallen but NEVER forgotten.
you and everyone else who sacraficed your lives are true heroes.
January 26, 2007
Dear Pte. Mark Anthony Graham and Graham Family. Mark we first met 3 years ago playing military basketball. We travelled down to CFB Trenton for the regionals in 2005, we lost in the finals. But i've never seen or met anyone like you, who could talk to people the way you did.Even the refs had a smile on their faces running up the court. I just could not believe the way you respected people and the respect they returned to you. It was a blessing to watch. Mark this year I have your initials on my basketball shoes I had to have you with us. At our basketball regionals last week in CFB Borden, we won, that win was for you . You will always be in our hearts forever. The guys on the Stags basketball team miss you like you could never imagine. I miss your presence on the court and your friendship.Every time I enter the gym I start thinking about you and the fun we had on and off the court, it always puts a smile on my face.The Nationals are for YOU.RIP MY FRIEND THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS.YOU MILITARY FAMILY.To the Graham family, my family send our condolences to you.It was my pleasure to meet and be a great friend of mark. I miss you mark thinking of you always.
January 15, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
January 13, 2007
Hey BIG brother mark i missed you soo much during christmas, i dont come to this site often i cant really handle it, i know your watchen over me evry day i put on the same uniform you passed in and wear it with so much more pride. I love you so much and miss you
January 02, 2007
I do not know you only through my son who was in , Charlie Company 1RCR with you and was there when your life was taken on Sept 4, 2006. He said that you were the biggest and strongest and one of the nicest soldiers he has met. In reading alot of the comments posted about you, my heart breaks knowing the pain endured by many and that it could also be my son today, tommorrow, who knows. You will never be over your fellow comrades on the front lines as they battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan.....
December 27, 2006
I knew Mark as we competed together at the '92 Olympic Games in Barcelona.Mark, your death brought into perspective for me to continue to live my life with the end in mind. Mark you were my first true love and I will never forget how you enriched my life in all ways.I know you are running right beside me as I run my first marathon.!Cherished in my heart!..Love Me
December 22, 2006
At this time of year of joy and cheer know that you are not forgotten. As we celebrate over the next few days we will reflect that is because of men & women like Mark that we have the freedom to do so. Rest in Peace my friend.Until we meet agian....
December 13, 2006
I used to work with Mark Anthony about four years ago. He and I became instant friends. We attended the same high school, but not at the same time. Mark was five years older then myself. I was fortunate enough to see him occasionally, after we no longer worked together, because we lived relatively close to one another and because I have friends who live in the same court as his parents. However, we didn't see one another often enough. I, myself became a funeral director, while Mark went and joined the military. I can recall when Mark told me his plans and I told him that I thought he was crazy. Unfortunetly, circumstances being what they are, that was the last conversation that I would have with Mark, right there at his kitchen table. I can still remember the day I was getting ready for work and saw Mark's parents on CH Morning live, watching his casket come off of the plane. I was beside myself. This was the first I had heard of his untimely death, as I was away Labour Day Weekend. I found myself going to the church to visit with his parents and the whole way there I was hoping that this was some sort of mistake. Obviously not. I had a very difficult time sitting through his funeral as I kept thinking of what a happy guy he was and how much fun he was to be around. When I would go to work with Mark, it certainly didn't feel like work. I was lucky enough to drive in and out of work with Mark. He made the day go by quickly. I found that we would have such a good time, that at the end of the day I was doing a full day's work in one and a half hours because of all of the hours spent on fun. I know that three months have passed since Mark's death, but I find myself thinking of him a lot. Throughout the day things are constantly reminding me of Mark. As Christmas approaches, I can't help but feel badly for Mark's family. There is a poem that I have come across at work entitled "My First Christmas In Heaven" I truly hope that Mark is enjoying his first Christmas in Heaven, because it is going to be a difficult day for a lot of people this year and likely the years to come. Anyhow, I felt it necessary to share a brief tale of the Mark Anthony I knew. Thanks for the oppertunity. Mark, you are truly missed. Rememberence day cerimonies certainly have a new meaning for me. Rest in Peace, from someone who is proud to call you friend, Dan Miller. You are missed beyond belief!
November 11, 2006
As you lay in rest. Your country has not forgotten you. Today I held the honour of holding your name in our Remembrance day parade and wanted to share that with you.
I hope as you stand by god that he may protect those who are already serving.
Lest we forget.

Queens York Rangers
1st American Regiment
32 Brigade, Toronto, Canada
November 06, 2006
Dear Pte. Mark Anthony Graham and Graham Family,

I have never met you, or seen you until recently. I am in grade 10, and i was recently assigned a Rememberance Day project... a project on a fallen, brave, Canadian soldier. I did Pte. Mark Anthony Graham. I would like to give my most sincere condolences to the Graham family, and i would like to thank Pte. Mark Anthony Graham for his sacrifice to make this country and this world a better place.
Yours Most Sincerely,
Joseph F.
October 30, 2006
I miss you Mark with all my heart and soul, you were truely one of a kind, and your passing is a great loss to this world, I will always be grateful for your friendship,all the times you were there for me, and for the wisdom you shared.You made a very important and positive impact in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with the Graham family and daughter Shae-Lynn, R.I.P Mark-Anthony, Love Always
October 28, 2006
Gman, sometimes I still insist that there was a mistake and you'll come back home. mine and chris' house isnt the same without u. I miss your dancing around, ur singing about mango trees and pirates. Rylies getting big now, i cry every day cuz i keep realizing that she wont ever get to know her godfather, not the way we hoped her too. Gman you taught me how to embrace everything life throws your way, but at this time i find it the hardest thing to do. I know your still here watching listening, sp i just want you to know that i hope we can teach Rylie to embrace and celebrate life the way you did. Ilove you my rent a date, and miss you as well, you are and will always be in mine and chris's heart, minds and soul
October 24, 2006
Mark man its Foxy...I know your'e still here with me man, Still fighting beside me,I miss you man...Sudbury won't be the same without you brother. Remember the bowling ally...Brothers for life man remember....I Love you man.cpl fox
October 23, 2006
Mark, I'll always remember you as a dear friend who enjoyed life to it's fullest, and the many times you slammed that ball in the hoop in those many times I played against you. For ever in debt to your sacrifice, you friend, Steph. Peace bro.
October 20, 2006
Dear Mark
You were one of my best friends , the times in Owen sound and then in Petawawa at 1 RCR , its not going to be the same with out you when i get back from Afghanistan, my prayers are with your family and friends ( PRO PATRIA )
October 16, 2006
you touched all of us. i just wanted to thank you for doing everything you did. you have blessed my soul. we will remember you as a friend. rest in peace
October 16, 2006
Thanks for serveing our country.we are doing a social project and i got to do a study on pte.Mark Graham
October 13, 2006
It has been almost 6 weeks since Mark's death and I still find myself sobbing uncontrollably. I can't imagine what it must be like for his family. I pray every night for them, for his parents, siblings, daughter, aunts, uncles, I pray for you all. I knew Mark for a couple of years and he was an outstanding person, always having the right thing to say and always willing to help. He knew how to make people laugh when they needed it or had open arms when you needed them. He was the most genuine person I have ever known and I thank God for the time that I spent with him. His fellow soldiers, friends, are in my prayers as well. God bless.
October 12, 2006
He was a true Buffalo Soldier. Rest in Peace my Brother.
October 04, 2006
Dearest Mark Anthony Graham,
You were an amazing, smart, soul capturing person. Your words, were like a breath of air to me. Your heart was such a beautiful place to visit. So caring, and always sharing such wonderful, inspirational words. I have and will always think of you! Please keep close watch over your family, friends and all Canadians who are left over seas that are fighting for whats right over there! I miss you so it hurts.
September 30, 2006
Graham Family. Mark will be watching us. Don't be sad. He will always be in our heart for the rest of our lives. Rest in Peace my friend.
September 30, 2006
To the Graham Family

We feel truly blessed to have known such a wonderful man as Mark. We first met Mark and Basic Training Graduation with our son Adam.We really got to know what a truly remarkable person he was when he stayed here at our home. My husband remembers talking to Mark about how apprehensive we were with Adam being only 18 and joining the Army. His first response was to assure us that he would always watch over Adam. That one comment speaks volumes of the kind of man that he was. Adam and Billy formed a lasting friendship with your son, that will last forever. He was such an influence on both our son's lives and we thank you for that. May God bless you all and we will keep you in our prayers.
September 30, 2006
I only Knew youy for a short time but I will never forget you. You always had this huge presence where ever you went. You're glowing personality and that wonderful smile was enough to make anyone comfortable. You will sadly missed and fondly remember by scores of people. My condolences to your family and friends. You gave up the ultimate thing to keep people safe. thank you!
September 29, 2006
Dear Graham Family, I had the pleasure of competing with Mark and your other son Jason as we were all part of Sir Allan MacNab Track Team. When I heard the news that Mark had given the altimate sacrifice for our great country, my heart sank. I also serve as Mark did, and because of that I know that he would have believed as I do,that what we are doing there in Afghanistan is the right thing. My deapest sympathy goes out to Mark and his Family. It was an honour knowing Mark, and he will be missed.

Bdrc Sean Michael Sopha
September 28, 2006
Albert, Linda, Jay and Dan Graham

I would like to personally thank you for letting me be there with you all in Hamilton and treating me like I was part of the family. Mark was my best friend and he always will be. Albert I constantly think about what you said to me that night at the kitchen table about how Mark is running that perfect track in heaven. I miss Mark so much it makes me sick but I know I will see him again in Paradise. We used to discuss bible versus together and Mark would always have the bible verse to set my mind at ease. That night in Meaford when he told me about JOSHUA 1:9 and how he thought I should read it and tell him what I think, I was amazed at how that verse touched my life in so many ways."BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE;BE NOT AFRAID,NEITHER BE THOU DISMAYED: FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS WITH THEE WHITHERSOEVER THOU GOEST". I remember getting it tattooed on my arm and Mark being more excited than I was.He was my best friend and I will never forget everything he tought me and what an impact he made on my life.I know he is still looking out for me like a big brother from heaven and I will always feel like he is present with me wherever I go. I remember those late nights,Mark and I hangin out, just talking about all the great life experiences he had and the pointers he would give me. He always knew how to bring a smile onto anyone's face.I am excited for the day where I will be reunited with my best friend and we can hang out at the gates of heaven and talk again.

Love you all,
September 28, 2006
My freinds and I had the pleasure of knowing Mark while he was doing his training in Meaford. The entire time Mark was there, our weekends consisted of non stop fun. A few of us girls and some of the guys Mark was training with, headed to Wasaga Beach for a weekend. What an interesting time that was. Just walking into a room, Mark would light it up. mark joined my roomate and I for Thanksgiving that year and I attended Marks DP1 grad in Meaford, proud that this amazing man had made it. We kept in contact over his time in Petawawa. May of this year, the gals and I made the 6 hour journey to visit Mark and another one of the boys we had the pleasure of meeting. We had an amazing time talking about the old times back in the sound. I only wish that that 6 hour journey we made 2 weeks ago was to talk to you again.Mark Anthony Graham you always were and always will be in our thoughts. We will see you again some day. Keep watch over those boys Mark. Peace and Love!!

September 24, 2006
to the graham family,we did not have much time to talk at trenton,we were to wrapped up in our own grief,and we are sorry for that.our son william talked about your son and what a great guy he was.they were on the same bus out together.we just wanted you to know that we feel the same pain as you and hope that in feeling your pain it will help to lessen yours a little.
September 21, 2006
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Graham family. I have had the pleasure to talk and see Mark Anthony Graham almost every day on Base Petawawa. He was such a warm, caring and extemely funny guy. I spoke to Mark and many of the same men that were hit by "Friendly Fire" the morning they were leaving for Afganistan, and writing to Mark through emails while in Afagan. We took pictures, laughed and had just a good time. Once they got their hugs and words of comfort they were off, walking down the hall. I remember calling out to Mark and told him along with the others "Don't be a hero, cower" It was meant to lighten what was getting to be a anxious time. Mark was so relaxed and confident though. This is what he wanted to do, and no one was going to stop him. My heart breaks for all the soldiers loved ones, and to the injured. It breaks for Mark's Daughter, for his parents, his brothers and everyone who knew him. I feel like I see Mark all through G-101 where he lived, it's comforting and yet there's a feeling that something is missing. I miss his smile, his knowledge, his sense of style, his kindness and his humour. I so miss my Special Friend. Its amazing how in his short life he was able to touch so many people's lives. We have all been truly blessed by knowing Mark and to know that he's smiling down and watching over us.
We all Miss you so Very Much Mark. RIP
Love Hope
September 15, 2006
I first met Mark Anthony while he lived in Calgary in 1993. He was a truly unique and amazing human being, who positively affected so many lives. When we spent time together, it was remarkable to watch him make such strong and positive impressions through even the most casual interactions. More than a decade later I still think of him often and am inspired by the presence he had – his strong example resonates, and continues to help me develop myself as a person. He was so caring, considerate, encouraging and healthy (in mind, body and spirit). He had a fantastic way of looking at everything with such a fresh perspective and a beautifully contagious smile (still contagious in fact - a smile sneaks across my face right now as I recall it so clearly). Just reading some of the entries here confirms what I’ve often believed about Mark Anthony Graham; The efforts that he made during his stay on this earth brought much beauty and support to many others during their time here as well…I too think he is smiling down protectively from above, doing just as he did in life. While he has left this world far too soon, his beautiful spirit will live on in the memories of those blessed with having known him…My thoughts and prayers are with the Graham family.

Kim Allmer

Perhaps they are not the 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. ~Author Unknown
September 15, 2006
I am the course Warrant Officer that was in charge of the driver wheel crse Pte Graham attended as his last crse prior to leaving LFCA TC Meaford.
As a 21 year veteran I do not know of or have I ever known a better man or able soldier. Mark was the example the crse strove to emulate. Mark is and ever shall be a hero. May he rest in peace. Godspeed Mark
September 14, 2006
Mark and I were roomates at Kent State University. We shared many good times together. My condolences go out to all of Mark's family and friends during this time.
September 14, 2006
You are truly a hero. You will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
Pro Patria
September 14, 2006
May i offer my condolences to you, Marks family and friends, for the great sacrifice given to all mankind by Mark, may he now rest in the peace he so richly deserves.
September 14, 2006
It's hard to select words that reflect what you've given for this country. Go to sleep now, your job is done. Pro Patria.
September 14, 2006
Rest well, fellow Royal Canadian, and know that your brother-in-arms shall never forget the sacrifice you made for Regiment, country and the course of freedom. My most sincere condeolences to Mark's family, loved ones, friends and those who continue to serve and so dearly miss his presence.

Pro Patria, Mark! Pro Patria.
September 14, 2006
Gone but not forgotten, son, brother, friend and father. You will be remembered as a great athlete, an Olympian and most importantly a person who brought light into every life he touched. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
September 13, 2006
My deeepest condolences to the graham family at their time of sorrow. My prayers are with your family. I am proud to know your brother Jay and if you were any thing like him I am saddened we never met.
September 13, 2006
Dear Mark Graham,
Even though I (Shaneille)did not know you in person I will still miss you. I have heard so much about you and I am deeply sorry that you had to leave us in the way you did espesially so soon. My family and I will miss:( you very much. Rest in peace. WE ALL LOVE YOU:)
September 13, 2006
I saw dreams and warmth in his eyes, the first I saw Mark's photo. I saw strength and courage. I am so saddened by his passing and my heart goes out to his family. I have not been the same since I heard the news. Most of all he is still impacting lives in a powerful and positive way. What a role model and a gentleman he was. Rest in peace Mark, knowing that you touched many lives, you made a difference, your life was significant!
September 13, 2006
I met Mark during our Soldiers Qualification Course in Meaford, ON... Mark was a fun, intelligent, good humoured person but most of all a good friend and role model. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

BDR Matthew Flynn 5RALC bie R, Valcartier, QC
September 13, 2006
My deepest sympathy to all of the famillies who have lost so much in the last year i also lose a friend in combat. And hopefully this will resume soon so we don't lose anymore poeple that we love so much.
September 13, 2006
I will never forget the first time I meet SHOTS(bar in Pembroke).He jumped in the back seat of the car >>No jacket>>in the middle of Febuary!!..My first impression...WO!!!!Big Guy!!! But true my cousin I got to know him...and what He did for her...No Man ever did... He Made Her Feel Special...and to never give up hope!!!I Thank the Graham Family for such a wonderfull job well done!!!Mark will be missed ...he had a big "presence..."in our lives. Our prayers are with you!
September 13, 2006
There are never words of solace or remorse that will do justice of the sacrifices paid of good men.
September 13, 2006
We will remember Mark in our prayers and also pray for the Graham family to find the strength to help them deal with and accept this so very sad tragedy.
September 13, 2006
I met Mark in grade 7 at Chedoke Middle School. We were on the track team together. I liked him from the moment we met. He was so tall I thought to myself, and soooo kind and sweet. Over the years whenever we met up again, regardless of what was going on in Marks life he always had a smile, a compliment and usually a joke for me. We should all learn from and be inspired by the way Mark led his life, I surely do. Mark, you will be truly missed!
September 12, 2006
You will always be remembered.
Take care my friend...
September 12, 2006
Mark was a great guy. Back in school, Chedoke, MacNab, he was always a gentleman. He could have used his size to intimidate others, but he never did. He was a role model, and will forever be missed.
September 12, 2006
Sorry For Your Lose.
September 12, 2006
my deepest sympathy to the graham family
September 12, 2006
I'm so sorry for Mark's family. I never knew him but if he was anything like his brother Jay, he was quite an upstanding man. Take care and I wish you all the best support and comfort for the future.
September 12, 2006
Mark, go with God. I only knew Mark for a few minutes while doing his enrolment medical into the Canadian Forces, 23 Jun 2003 at Canadian Forces Recruting Centre, Hamilton ON. What I saw that day in his eyes was a glimmer of why I joined the Canadian Forces over 38 years ago. What I saw was the true personification of a proud young life in a world that has gone wrong. You have done us old comrades proud Mark, as you stepped up to the plate and carried the torch. You will always be a true CANADIAN HERO in my heart. Your DUTY to SELF and COUNTRY will not be forgotten.

Petty Officer 1st Class, N.W. Hyatt, CD2, SSM, QGJM
September 12, 2006
To the Graham family, I send my deepest regrets that you had to lose a remarkable person like Mark. I say many of prayers to help ease you in this time of sorrow. Missing him as much as I do at this moment, I can't even imagine the pain that you all feel in your hearts. Mark was one of those people you could only wish you'd met, and I'm glad that I was fortunate to be a small part of his short, but astounding life for 21 of his 33 years. I along with Shyanne and all of his other close friends, will never forget this once living legend or that sad September morning that fellow friend Damian heard the horrific news. I hoped that it was a case of mistaken identity or maybe he was just wounded. But it was not so. Our friend was taken from us. I'll miss playing basketball with him, snowball fights on the way home from school, those nights of hanging out in that basement with both him and his brother Jason laughing about nothing. He was a giant to me in every sense of the word, he did everything in a big way. I'm glad I had a chance to say good-bye to my friend with a hand shake and a hug, that moment holds so much more meaning for me now. I along with Avenash, Damian,and Richard will have an empty spot in our hearts for you, one our boys. Never forget his smile, his charisma, or his love. Take comfort that he feels no more pain and sorrow. For it is ours now and it ways heavy on us. But we will get through this with the comfort of the memory of his laughter. Rest in peace my friend. We'll see you again some day.

We wish you a peaceful journey, Martin Carrington & Shyanne Musgrave
September 12, 2006
My deepest sympathies to all family and friends who now have only memories of this amazing man. Mark you will always be remembered.
September 11, 2006
To the Graham family,
I hadn't seen Mark since his days at Nebraska, but he truly had a spot in all our hearts here. I am so thankful to have had a chance to get to know him while I was roommates with Sara. He was a tremendous person and I know that he is all smiling down on us now in heaven. I pray that God gives each one of you strength in this time of grief and that Mark's legacy will live on in each of the live's that he touched over the years.
September 11, 2006
hey graham,

we only knew you for 8 weeks but you made an impression on all of us. you will be missed but never forgotten. thank you for all the memories and you'll always be in our hearts. forever in peace.
we miss you
September 11, 2006
When I heard my reaction was total shock. Mark and I were both recruited to George Mason University but he decided to go to Nebraska instead. I got to know him from all the junior teams we competed on and I saw him from time to time at college meets. The image that stands out most clearly in my mind is from high school. I remember he used to wear a bright neon body suit when he ran the 400m at Mcnabb high school. The last time I saw him was at a track meet but we only spoke very briefly. He was such a nice guy with a smile that would brighten the room. I watch the war on CNN and until now it was just images on television. Why him that is the first thing that comes to mind. Then I think that what they say is true "God takes the good ones first". SAVE ME A LANE IN HEAVEN BRO!!
September 11, 2006
"The music in my heart I bore,
Long after,it was heard no more"
William Wordsworth.
September 11, 2006
I had not heard the name Mark Graham in ten years ,but upon hearing this news time evaporated and I was taken back to Nebraksa where I had the pleasure of meeting Mark. You exposed a farm kid to a different piece of the world and helped me grow as a person. I thank you for that and your service.
September 11, 2006
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Mark. He was such a fine young man and had so much to offer to others. Although I have not seen him in many years, I will always remember him as a fine athlete and a good citizen who was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country and for what he believed in. Mark was a champion. My prayers are with his family in this difficult time.
September 10, 2006
Mark was a great guy. He could always see the best in people, even when everyone around him was saying something different. This world is already missing you. My sympathy goes out to Mark's Family.
September 10, 2006
My boyfriend, Pte.Keegan,was friends with Mark and i met him once at a Chistmas Party and thought he was a great person. He was funny, kind, and a genuine. I can't express how sorry I am. He will be missed by many and definately will not be forgoten. I hope that in time, your hearts will heal. Even though he can not be seen, he is around you, guiding and watching over over you, keeping you safe.
September 10, 2006
Our condolences go to Pte.Graham's family and friends. He was a good friend to those who knew him. My prayers go out to his family. He will be missed by many and remembered forever!
September 10, 2006
May His presence envelop and comfort you all.

Know that the God who never sleeps and never slumbers has kept track of every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, He has entered each one of your tears in His ledger and written each one of your aches in His book. (Ref: Psalm 56:8 - The Message translation)

Peace be to you...Grace be with you...

September 10, 2006
To our Canadian Troups -
Always Caring,
Always Canadian,
Never Forgotten.
September 10, 2006
To the Graham family
Our son is Pte. Jordan Lobb and was in Marks Company. They trained together and left for Afghanistan together. Jordan was seriously injured beside Mark. My wife Patty and I would like you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with you as well as Jordans.
September 10, 2006
Mrs Edith Bailey & extended Family. My deepest sympathy to all in the loss of your dearly beloved Mark.

May his soul rest in Peace.. and may our God continue to guide and give you strength during this sorrowful time.

Blessings Always
September 10, 2006


September 09, 2006
One of the things I admired most about Mark was how he was a big kid at heart and had no fear in showing it,you will be missed.
September 09, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this brave fallen soldier. I am sure he is looking down from above missing his little girl already...
September 09, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 09, 2006
The Graham's:
My heart goes out to you and to everyone who loved Mark. He will be in my prayers.
September 09, 2006
You will always be missed, you were an icon to the African Canadian community and am sure to the rest of Canada, Rest in peace!!
September 09, 2006
Graham Family,
My deepest condolences to you all, Mark's life was an achievement to say the least. With his school, Olympics, military, and family he has accomplished more in the past 33 years than 5 people would in a life time. But after reading the entries on this site it was obvious that his biggest accomplishment was touching sooo many hearts. Mark, I won't forget you, but I will miss you, and that great big smile of yours!
September 09, 2006
The Grahams:
No words can take away the pain of your loss but I just want you to know that our hearts go out to all of you during this time of sorrow. My friends husband is in Aphganistan aswell and knew Mark very well. You are all in our prayers. May each day get brighter and easier for all of you...
September 08, 2006
Dear Graham's,
Mark, Sara, Jim and I spent a lot of time together while he was at the University of Nebraska. Everyone there wanted to say they knew Mark, but I had the privilege of "knowing" Mark. We made so many memories together, and I just can't help but laugh out loud when I think of them. You molded a truly unique human. The sun does not shine as brightly without him. My prayers are with you all day, every day. I am a better person today because Mark was in my life. I loved him then, now and always. God bless each of you, and my you feel His healing hands.
September 08, 2006
I knew Mark from high school. You could always tell when he entered a room. The only room big enough for him was the gym. I will always remember the night of an end of the year party held at our house when we all lay for the night. He was expressing his dreams of the future to a friend. The hope and commitment in his voice will stay with me forever. He was a true juggernaut of a man. Rest in Peace friend.
September 08, 2006
Losing a child must be the worst pain a parent can endure. We didnt have the honor of meeting Mark but know that it was our loss...Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..........Kay, Jeff and Missy
September 08, 2006
My deepest sympathies go out to the Graham family in this time of sorrow. Mark was a great man who was loved by many people, he will always be remembered in spirit. God Bless!!!
September 08, 2006
He gave so much for our Country, I wish we could take some of your pain as you grieve. In time, enjoy the memories of a wonderful human being as you heal.

Our family never had the privilege of meeting Mark personally, but he was very important to our loved one who was injured in the friendly fire on the same day. I felt we knew him, and I would like to thank him for all that he did and all he was. Be proud of your son, father, brother - he was a rare gem, who chose to do what many wouldn't. Thank you,
D'Aguilar family
September 08, 2006
To all family and friends of Pte. Graham my deepest sympathies; as a military mom myself I can only guess your sorrow, however, Mark was a Hero, and memories still remain.
September 08, 2006
To the Graham family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. We were very lucky to have gotten to know Big Mark and he became a part of our family here in Nebraska. Him and Sara spent many Friday evenings here having dinner with us and attending the local high school games to watch our son in sports. He was a wonderful man and we want to thank you for allowing him to come to Nebraska and to show you respect for raising him to be a beautiful person. God is good and he has called on a wonderful man.
With love, Jim & Kim
September 08, 2006
To the Graham Family: I knew Mark through football and he was an amazing individual. My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
September 08, 2006
To Mark,
It seems like just yesterday you were sitting in my living room with my husband happily singing all 23 verses of "There's A Hole In My Bucket Dear Liza Dear Liza". Now, as I am writing this, there is a hole in my heart. I want to thank you for walking into my sister Traci's life... well more like running into her life since you both met at Kent State University USA as track stars. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice you made for Canada, US, and Worldwide. I want to especially thank you for your daughter, Shae-Lynn Graham. She is everything you hoped your daughter would be and I am honored to be her aunt. I hope you know Shae-Lynn always carried a picture of you "her daddy" in her little purse everywhere she went. Shae-Lynn was and always will be proud of you. Please look after her from heaven and here on earth I know Shae-Lynn will be carrying the torch for you always in her heart and perhaps one day in the Olympics!
Amy, Jason, Jamie, and Caiden Rodgers
September 08, 2006

We only meet a couple of times, but the times we meet you touch our lives. You have made one family member very happy over the last couple of months and was their for her when she needed you the most. Thank you for taking care of Sara and I know that you will watch over her each day and her family. With love.
September 08, 2006
You were one of my best friends, and one of the greatest men ive ever known. Were all going to miss you in G 101. Love ya bro
Pro Patria
September 08, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies.You will be missed by all

September 08, 2006
Mark, you were truely an amazing runner and friend. I still remember the time that we have shared as great friends we were together through thick and thin. Whenever I needed motivation at track you were always there telling me I could do anything that I put my mind to. To all our memories of our march break holidays with track Myrtle Beach twice and then you, the boys and me in Syracuse for a meet. To all our times at OFSSA track I still remember every stride that you took, you were an amazing presence on the track. I read in one of my yearbooks that track and field has always been us, you the track and me the field. I am so glad that I got the chance to share Chedoke, MacNab and track with you. I will always be thankful that you took me to graduation. I wanted someone that meant the most to me and that I would remember forever to be the one that shared in that special day. And I have never forgotten my grad because of you. Your family was blessed to have such an important person to be part of their lives. You will forever be in my heart and in my memories. To your family I give my deepest sympathy.
September 08, 2006
The world has lost a great person, he was the happiest person I knew. Always had something positive to say.It was a pleasure working with you. Thanks for the memories.
Rest in peace.
September 08, 2006
To a Fallen Soldier & his Family,
I never met Mark, my cousin Anne Clark sent me an e-mail concerning his passing, I have shed a tear for Mark & would like to thank him
for representing & defending our
freedom. God Bless!
Lorraine Labrie
September 08, 2006
Sending my deepest sympathy to the family. The world has lost an amazing man.
Rest in Peace friend
September 08, 2006
Its one thing to lose a friend, a brother, and a loved one...But losing someone that meant so much to your life at one point.... Really sucks!
You and I were trurly family, brother, we shared the best of times and the worst of times. Unfortunately, we don't get to share one more "best of times" night here on earth.
So buddy, grab a beer and one day I will be right there with you to drink it with you...
With much love and sadness, myself along with the entire White family miss you.
To the Graham famiy, I love you, I feel sorrow with you...Mark was such a good person down deep because of how great your entire family is...thank you for giving the world, Mark Anthiny Graham
To Shea-lynn, your dad was a great person and loved you sooooo much, we takled about you all the time when we lived together.

P.S Mark gave me my nickname....JBONE. He will always be with me.
September 08, 2006
To Dan and the Graham family,

With a war being fought so far away, it is sometimes easy to forget that it is being fought by a son, a father, or a brother of those who are close to us. Lest we forget.

We admire Mark's contribution and dedication to Canada and the world. Our thoughts are with you.
September 07, 2006
Mark you will be sadly missed by your family back in Jamaica. The joy of having you around for the time we spent as a family will live in our hearts forever. Your mother, Edith Bailey continues to morn your death even though she did not get a chance to see you as much as she wanted, she always spoke highly about her two (2) sons in Canada and was very proud to know you were in the Army. We are all proud of you and you will never be forgotten, especially, you being the very first in our family to hold a position in the Canadian Army. We also remembered your outstanding performance in the Olympics. We will all continue to support her to the best of our ability while she continues to pray for strength for your family in Canada. May your soul rest in peace.
September 07, 2006
To my young cousin, Jennifer, and her boyfriend, Dan Graham, and Dan's family, my sympathy and prayers on the sad and sudden loss of your dear brother and son, Mark.

Having met Dan earlier this year as he supported Jennifer and her brother Corey when their beloved aunt died so unexpectedly, I can see where Dan's character and stature are very similar to his brother Mark. Jennifer is very close to the Graham family and is now giving her support to them during this time of sorrow.

Mark was a great source of pride to all of us, as an Olympian and a soldier who fought to bring the freedom he experienced as a Canadian to those in other distant lands.

May the peace and love of God be with the Graham family and may the knowledge that Mark has touched so many lives with love and kindness and happy memories help to ease the pain of your great loss.

Anne Clark-Stewart and Hugh Stewart
September 07, 2006
I knew Mark through sports. Mark was a big man with an even bigger heart. What a great athlete and person. My thoughts and prayers are with the Graham family.
September 07, 2006
To the Graham Family,
I remember the day I met Mark and Jason from mutual friends of my mother's and her best friend. We went to Canada's Wonderland together and we had a great time. We remained friends up until highschool where we took different paths. I would see Jason more then I did Mark. Mark was so busy with something he loved doing and was so passionate about.
The day I found out about Mark was the day I was told my son had been missing from school and never made it off the bus to attend his first day of school. All I could think of was, there was absolutely "No Way" I was losing two people in my life in one day, then a memory hit me when Mark and I were young and I told my mother I would go to the store and pick up a bag of milk for her on my bike. I never did think how hard it would be to do that until I saw Mark and Jason arrive on their bikes and Mark took the bag of milk and rode with one hand like it was "a piece of cake!" That strength aided me in keeping positive. I knew I coildn't do anything about Mark's passing, but that I could remain strong for my child as I'm sure Mark has for his.
Mark has touched a lot of lives and was a great friend. He was a "true man" in the true sense of the phrase! I'm so sorry that we lost touch, but I know you are in a better, healthier and happier place and you watching over all of us, ending on such a note, will keep me feeling safe! God Bless and Rest in Piece, my friend!
September 07, 2006
I never had the opportunity in meeting Mark. However, my husband was a very close friend to him. He always spoke very highly of Mark, what a nice guy he was and that he had such a good spirit about life, always making people laugh. He told me that I would have loved him, because he such a great guy!

I believe that we will meet someday.

My deepest sympathy goes out to the Graham family. My thoughts are with you.
September 07, 2006
Mark, you have left me with unforgettable memories of the many races we shared. You have done your country very proud. May God rest your soul.
September 07, 2006
my deepest sympathy to your family on the saddest of time. My heart dropped when I heard your name on the tv,I didn't think anything could stop such a man as you. You had a lasting impression on anyone you met and for that I thank you.I look at your picture with you and me and the guys in basic in or dress uniforms and thankyou for allow me to call you friend. You will be greatly missed to everyone that new you and all of Canada. God bless and show them how it's done up there buddy.
September 07, 2006
Our deepest symathies to the Graham family. Mark it was an honour to have known you, a true Canadian hero.
September 07, 2006
To the family of Pte. Mark Graham;
We wish to extend our sincerest condolences on your loss. It is obvious that Mark was a giver in life and his outstanding qualities influenced a lot of friends. You must be extremely proud of Mark. Our son-in-law, David MacDonald has conveyed to us what a wonderful person and true friend he was. May the Lord be with you.
September 07, 2006
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
September 07, 2006
Though I never met Mark I have worked with his mother and she has helped me immeasurably.

Your family is proud
Your country is proud
Your hometown is proud
September 07, 2006
Mark was a special person and a special athlete. I enjoyed having the opportunity to coach him at both Nebraska and Kent State. It was a privelege and a joy. Life was a celebration for Mark. Always looking ahead with positive expectation and belief. To Mark's mom and dad please know that I pray for God to comfort you at this time of loss.After our tears are gone we must always remember how much smiling and laughter there was with Mark -- and we must do lots of that for the rest of our lives as he would have.
September 07, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Pte Mark Graham. I can't imagine how difficult this is for you. My son was one of the seriously injured in the same conflict. I will keep you in my prayers. God grant you peace and comfort.
September 07, 2006
Pte. Mark Graham
We only met a few times and we painted the town red. It was great times and you wont be forgotten. Your friends and family will miss you dearly.
Rest in peace.
September 07, 2006
Mark Anthony, You were an amazing person, you were always so positive and you always new how to make me laugh! I feel honored that I could call you my friend, you are greatly missed but never forgotton! RIP
September 07, 2006
I can still remember that day when you started grade nine. There was a group of us playing ball when you walk into the gym and everyone just sort of stopped what they were doing. From that day anyone who met you, knew you’d be something special and you never disappointed. I’ll miss the days of us hanging out and just having a good time, but I’ll still have the memories. On behalf of all your friend we’ll miss you.
And to the Graham Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May all your memories bring you comfort.
September 07, 2006
Rest in peace my friend, you gave the ultimate sacrifice so that many generations can live in peace and without terror. You will always be with us.
September 07, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
September 06, 2006
Sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May God keep you in the palm of His hand until you meet again.

Diane & Michael Simmons (Ret'd Army) Thunder Bay, ON
September 06, 2006
Both Jacqueline Hamilton Clark and Warren Clark wish to offer our heartfelt thoughts at this time of yourloss.
Our prayers are for strength and comfort for all who knew and loved this brave soul.
September 06, 2006
deepest condolences. Prayers go out to the family.
September 06, 2006
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
September 06, 2006
Sincere condolences to Pte. Graham's family, friends and fellow comrades. Master Corporal Allan (Old Man Al) Johnson, 1 RCR, Charles Coy, currently serving in Afghanistan has asked that I send these condolences on his behave.
September 06, 2006
To the Graham Family:

I really have no idea how to express my feelings, but I can honestly say that this incident has certainly hit home for me, especially watching live coverage of the repatriation ceremony from CFB Trenton. I remember like it was yesterday, being over at your house, watching Mark compete in the ’92 Olympics on TV. I can’t express my sympathy enough for the tragic loss of Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you during this difficult time.

Mark was a brave Canadian, and will never be forgotten, especially in our house.

May god bless you all, and help you through this difficult time
September 06, 2006
You will be missed by so many. You always knew how to make a person smile. And bright'n a room. We talked on MSN and e-mailed jokes back and forth. You served with my brother in Petawawa, and shared stories togther. You will never be forgotten, as you touched so many peoples lives. Rest in peace and my sincere condolences to your family.
September 06, 2006
Dear God, Please Bless Mark, and his family and friends.Canada prides it self as being a great Nation in which people enjoy wonderful freedoms and oportunities. The Canadian Soldiers are Our Countries Greatest Hero's.Soldier's like Mark fought for the freedom we take for granted, at a highest price, the lost of his life.Mark, Thank you for everything. You WILL always be remembered.
September 06, 2006
To the family of Pte Mark Graham:

Please accept our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. He will not be forgotten.

Fiona Bateson and Kevin Shaw
September 06, 2006
We are but guests with our families,
Staying for a while, and leaving them.
Wealth and families are but trusts.
Inevitably, one day trusts will be recalled.
The sons of this life will all part
To meet together again in the hereafter.
September 06, 2006
Thank you Mark and Go In Peace!
September 06, 2006

I want you to know how sad I am to learn of your passing. You served our country proudly and we are thankful for you and for defending our freedom as a nation. You are a special friend to me and I will miss you very much. I would have done anything for you.

You always made me feel so good about myself and your spirit and attitude about life was so uplifting and inspiring. I remember all the times we hung out talking about girls and our own individual aspirations of what we wanted to become.

Your a man, a wonderful human that always did good and had such a charasmatic and charming personality that will always be appreciated and remembered.

I love you and will miss you dearly. Please remember me and us, our memories and look over my family until we meet again.
My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out the Graham family.
September 06, 2006
Mark, I remember when i first seen you in Meaford. You were the only one that was wearing CADPAT(of your course). later it was to my surprise that the other combats did not fit.hat you were always in the gym working out and you were not afraid to show people a couple of things. I remember t I seen your course pass SQ and later go on to DP1 I was there at your graduation and seen how you were with your friends and family. may god Bless you and your family. Gone but never forgotten.
September 06, 2006
My condolences to the family.. and may you know that, deep down inside every true Canadian, we thankyou for your bravery, and for serving Canada, you will be missed!
Sunrise "1973"...Sunset "2006".
(god bless)
September 06, 2006
May we express to you our deepest regrets and sympathies for your loss. There is no greater sacrifice one can make then to give his life for the freedom of another. You are in our prayers and may the Lord Jesus bring solace and comfort at this time in your family.
September 06, 2006
Mark you and both know that tomorrow is never prpmissed.We both knew that time was prescious and we spent our time together and enjoying every second.The night we shared on Aug.4th 2006 ,your kind word will forever remiain in my heart. We sure did have a crazy beautiful relationship . You always maneged to lift my spririts and make me smile.Ypu were a big man with a very big heart. I will forever miss you and no one will ever replace you.
to the family i send my sincere sympathie, i loved him very much and always will.
September 06, 2006
my oh how to explain the lost of a great friend. we share aug 4th-06 night together and the words shared will forever remain in my heart.from you i am a better person.
i will miss more then you can possibly ever imagine, you were my rock.
September 06, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 06, 2006
To the Graham family,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He
shall direct your paths.
- Proverbs 3:5,6

Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I
will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28

I will never fail you or forsake you.
- Hebrews 13:5

Fear thou not . . . I will strengthen thee. . . I will help thee.
- Isaiah 41:10
September 06, 2006
Death comes to all. But great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal
September 06, 2006
Yet another tragic loss. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mark.May you rest in peace and watch over the rest of us.
September 06, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006

September 06, 2006
Our condolences to the Graham Family

Lest we forget
September 06, 2006
Mark, I only met you once... and you coached me on how to get over a knee injury, I'll never forget that. May you rest in peace, and may God hold your family in his arms
September 05, 2006
The few times that we met you we knew what kind of Man you were right off the start. You were kind, gentle and most of all caring.
I fondly remember last summer(although you worried me so)when you were suppose to meet Vance and Chauntelle up North at the cottage.
You were taking the bus from your Base to their cottage. You never showed. We never knew what happended to you.
I must of called every small town bus depot asking them if anyone fitting your description got off. I told them, "there was no way they could miss you if you did".
Later we found out that you never left camp that day as planned, even though you had a scheduled leave. You stayed behind to prepare for Afghanistan instead.
That was the life you chose, because of the Man you were, Kind and Gentle and Caring.
You made a difference in everyones life you came in contact with. You will never be forgotten in this household, Courtney will never let that happen.
Mark say hi to Grandpa up there for us "soldier to soldier".
You're in God's hands now.
September 05, 2006
My deepest sympathies & condolences and the uptomst respect & gratitude. May god bless you.
September 05, 2006
I send our heartfelt condolences with thanks and pride for a Canadian giving the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man, as many of Canada's best and bravest have in the past. May you find comfort in the absolute knowledge that Mark sleeps in the arms of the Lord.
September 05, 2006
Dear Graham Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the shocking loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dan and your family.
September 05, 2006
Mark- I still can't believe all of this... just a few days ago we were talking on msn, showing you how big Jordan's gotten, having jokes with eachother (you always made me laugh) and talking about when you get home. My heart is broken knowing i won't get to talk to you again or see you. But i know you're in a better place now, watching out for all of us. I miss you so much!! God is lucky to have u and i'm looking forward to seeing you again. Watch over our godson. R.I.P I love you
My prayers go out to your family
September 05, 2006
I cannot express to Mark's family and friends how very sorry I am that he is gone. He was a great man, one of the best that I have ever known. When I was introduced to him I was intimidated at first but he was so warm and inviting that you couldn't help but enjoy to be around him. I will never forget the short time that I spent with him. He has changed and touched so many lives. He will be greatly loved and missed.
September 05, 2006
To the family and friends of Pte. Mark Graham we send our deepest condolences may god be with you.My son is also stationed in petawawa he will soon be going to afganistan also. I talked to my son tonight he told me Mark was a really nice guy always funny. He will be missed. You will be in our prayers.
September 05, 2006
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mark. I have never met Mark personally, but through a friend I have heard lots of great things about him.

Some day down the road, we will finally meet.

Rest in peace. You will be sadly missed by your friends and family.
September 05, 2006
Mark was a man a lot of people looked up to in high school. He was so intimidating to see. Until he smiled that great big smile. My deepest condolences to his Family. He'll be missed
September 05, 2006
Mark- I don't even know how to express the pain and heartache I am going through. It was just a few days ago we were laughing and talking about having a big party for your return and now I am planning on attending your funeral. I never thought I would see my bestfriend, the brother I never had leave us so soon. You have served your purpose on earth touching so many lives. God needs you now. I know you will be watching over us and looking after your Godson from up above. I miss you so much and I can't wait to see you again. Quote from one of your favourite movies "May the force be with you" You hold a special place in my heart always. Love Chauntelle xoxo
May he never be forgotten
September 05, 2006
Your sacifice will not be forgotten.
September 05, 2006
Wow, i can't believe i'm writing this. I miss you so much already and will never forget the times we shared together. You are so special to me and will never be forgotten. Chauntelle, Vance, my family and I pray for you and your family everynite. Don't forget about us...
R.I.P Mark Anthony Graham

A son will be missed

A father will be missed

A brother will be missed

A great friend will be missed

A beautiful man will be missed

A man who always made me laugh will be missed

A man who used 2 say "i'm gonna take u to jamaica with me" will be missed, u always made me laugh :)

A smart man will be missed

A strong man will be missed

An outgoing man will be missed

A friendly man will be missed

A loving man will be missed

and most importantly, a brave soldier will be missed....

you are so courageous for all you did for our country, and i will pray for your happiness everynite

i am sorry for all the things i never got 2 say 2 you.

we all love you mark anthony...

September 05, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family. You have always done what you have set out to do! In the short time that you graced the earth you left many deep footprints. You will be missed but never forgotten! May you find peace in knowing that you have touched the lives of many and that what you have done for freedom will not go unnoticed!
September 05, 2006
My deepest sympathies for your loss of a son, brother, & father.
I went to grade school (Chedoke) & highschool (MacNab) with Mark & his big presence was always followed by his big smile. May his young daughter know that her Daddy is always watching over her.
September 05, 2006
He loves his country best who strives to make it best." ~Robert G. Ingersoll
To my niece Jenn, and to Dan and to your parents and family: my heart grieves for the loss of your brother and son who was a sterling example of what everything Canada is and stands for. This he modelled as a statesman - a true "diplomat", both as an Olympian and as a "soldier's soldier". More importantly, however, he was all this and more as your son, your brother. May you know how very much I am praying for you these days and as time passes, that you will experience "the peace that passes all understanding" (Philippians 4). Pro Patria
September 05, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 05, 2006
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mark face to face, it is obvious the impact he had on this world and myself, through my best friend, Sara. Mark was truly an angel here on Earth and now in Heaven. I got the opportunity and the pleasure of witnessing and sharing the lasting and amazing impact he had on Sara. I am truly thankful that they were blessed with each other and I know he will continue to watch over her. My deepest condolences go out to the Graham family and to Sara. Rest In Peace, Mark
September 05, 2006
What can I say except we have lost our friend, our teammate, a great person and a hero to our country. below is a poem I wrote last night after finding out about Mark.


He was our friend, our teammate, a hero to us all
He represented our country at the Olympics, and also answered the army’s call.
He had hopes and dreams that he set out to achieve
But on September 4th it came to an end for it was not meant to be.

The tears pour from our eyes, the news of his death tore us apart
He was a man of honor, a man of pride, who shall always live within our hearts.
I am lost for words as I stare blankly at the moon
He was taken from us to early, a life that ended much to soon.

I know he’s in a better place for it was heaven that called his name
His friends and his country mourn his loss and we’ll never be the same.
He was our friend, our teammate, a hero to us all
Let us never forgot that this brave soldier answered our country’s call.

-Gordon Hysen-
September 05, 2006
September 05, 2006
Please accept our sympathies during this difficult time. The memory of his charismatic personality and his humourous nature will not be forgotten. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Graham family.
September 05, 2006
On behalf of my wife, our daughter and myself, may the family of this courageous soldier accept our condolences for their loss and our appreciation for any Canadian that makes the ultimate sacrifice in the name of bringing peace to the world.
September 05, 2006
Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.
Pte. Nathan Davis, 1RCR Bravo Coy
September 05, 2006
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mark. I went to high school with him and remember him fondly. He was always kind to everyone he met. I remember pictures of him plastered all over my brothers bedroom as they were on the track team together and my brother had taken many pictures of him. God bless you in your time of need. Remembering you always Mark.
September 05, 2006
We as Canadians know your loss was not in vein. We continue to support this mission for your sake and the sake of all Canadians who cherish freedom.
God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
...from a supportive Canadian.
September 05, 2006
Words cannot describe the loss of a loved one. May God and your extended family surround you with love and kindness in your loss. You are far from alone although it may feel that way.
September 05, 2006
Mark Anthony,
I came across this and realize that I am such a small piece of who you were. Your love and life touched so many and will continue to do so. You know...we were the lucky ones...most people don't even get that chance meeting. Now...after 10 years we had only 23 days...I will wait my life time to see you now. Your time on this earth was done and now your serving our Lord in Heaven.
Rest in Peace my love. "Ace"
September 05, 2006
How do we say Thank You for your supreme sacrifice.......we can't,.We can only offer up silent prayers for this young life and his family.......
September 05, 2006
My sincere sympathy to the family of Pte Mark Graham.

May it help to know that others are praying for you
September 05, 2006
My sympathies to your family and friends for their great loss. My thanks to you for your selfless act for peace and freedom. This country should stand proud that we have so many "heros" amongst us. "May we never forget".
September 05, 2006
Please accept my condolences for the loss of Pte. Mark Graham. Being an ex army it particularly hits home.
God bless,
September 05, 2006
Pte. Mark Graham
"Thank You"
For doing what most, would not do.
You are the "PRIDE" Of Canada.
My deepests sympathy to your entire family & friends.
So sorry for your loss.
September 05, 2006
Rest safe and happy from the ravages of war. You did good, buddy, and we are all so proud of you. Thank you!
September 05, 2006
Despite the dangers inherent in soldiering Pte Graham served and died to protect his beliefs and those of his country and support others needing protection. As a member of a combat team his loss will be felt greatly and i pray God will provide comfort to all who knew him.He is a symbol of what makes Canada great. Go with God Mark, your duty has been done with honour.
September 05, 2006
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and loved ones of Pte. Mark Graham. As parents of a Canadian Forces member, we share your pride and your grief.
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