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May 01, 2013
To the family of Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ( and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
April 13, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Orgaard Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
December 23, 2012
Tyler answered the call...of himself he gave all...and a part of America died. Tyler, the Flag of the United States has your blood woven into its fabric and it will Stand and Wave forever in your honor. RIP. Tyler I pray that You are at Peace and in a place where you have always longed to be. The Lord be with yiou.
December 16, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one and Hero Tyler, and
my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country.
God bless you Spc. Tyler J. will not be forgotten.
December 12, 2012
It is with great sadness, that I have learned of the passing of young Tyler Orgaard. I will forever be grateful to Tyler for his service and sacrifice for our Country. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and military unit.
December 11, 2012
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to our sympathy and to honor your son's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
December 09, 2012
So many good times and memories will never be forgotten. You were an amazing person through and through.
It's never a goodbye, as you one said to me, it's always a see you later.
My sympathy goes out to all of your family.
December 09, 2012
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Tyler will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
December 08, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family of Spc. Orgaard on your loss of Tyler. We are grateful for his brave service to defend our freedoms and protect the way of life we enjoy in this country. He was a true American Hero and his ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace and may you have ultimate healing from your grief.
December 08, 2012
Our Deepest condolences to Spec Orgaard's family. His sacrifice will not be forgotten and will inspire us to continue our work against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) so other families do not ensure this hardship. I hope you will visit our effort at as I believe you will find the video provided by Mr. Ian Anderson particularly moving. Our prayers are with you.
December 07, 2012
Our love and prayers go out to all of the Orgaard family. Even though we did not know him, he will be missed in the family. We are grateful for his service and send our prayers your way.
There will be an empty chair at the holiday table this year, but it will be filled with loving memories.
December 06, 2012
Our sincere condolences to the entire Orgaard family. Please know that I share your pain at this terrible time.
December 06, 2012
My heart felt solice is sent to the family and friends. I retired from the 818th shortly before deployment and your son is a hero in my book. My the prayers to heaven for the family help to heal the empltyness left behind and bring the happy memories in the future. SFC McCombs, Lonnie Retired
December 06, 2012
This Hero has made the ultimate sacrifice.
Our family is forever grateful for his service in
order to keep us safe. May God wrap His loving arms
around him, his family and friends and hold you close
throughout time. God Bless You Brother. Rest in Peace.
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