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May 09, 2012
Very nice message Paula! RIP James!
May 08, 2012
Hello to the family & friends of James- The 99th Infantry Battalion Separate Educational Foundation offered me this poem written by one of the 99ers. The 99th was a ski troop battalion of WWII. I remember telling James all about it. My uncle was a 1st Lt. of the Viking Battalion as it was also known, and lost his life in France in 1944. The foundation told me I could change some of the wording and insert Jame's battalion, etc. and I said I wouldn't change a thing. So, from a WWII soldier to a soldier from another time.....,

A Minute of Silence .. By 99er Yngvar Stensby

An annual remembrance, reunion . . .
a time to address
our thoughts to the veterans
of wars' wretchedness.
In a Minute of Silence
we join to express
our tribute to valor
in times of duress.

A Minute of Silence
so nobly revives
companionships treasured
in all our lives.
Intoning that reverence,
the 99th strives
to honor each member
who no longer survives.

A Minute of Silence . . .
a feeling of pride
for the kinship of buddies
who fought at our side.
A time to remember
the first time we tried
to fathom the courage
of others who died.

A Minute of Silence
pronounced and sincere,
releases of emotion . . .
a sigh or a tear,
As off in the distance
a bugle we hear,
sounding “Taps” as a solace,
its notes soft and clear.

A Minute of Silence . . .
a moment of prayer;
a time to reflect
on our Provident care.
A time to be solemn . . .
a wish to prepare
for the Last Great Reunion
all humans will share!
May 08, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. James J. Holmes:
Always remembering James. "Some gave all."
April 28, 2012
Thanks Tim and all that remember Jay we miss him so much. Thanks for remembering
April 23, 2012
To James and all who knew him, the world is a smaller, less interesting, and certainly less fun, without you big man, your missed more than you can know
April 20, 2012
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
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 27 May 2012. 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 the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 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, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and 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.

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 (651/456-4410) 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 (651/456-4410) or email ( the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 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
November 09, 2011
I miss you Jay Jay. I love you
October 07, 2011
There isn't a day that I don't stop and think about James and your family. I thought of all of you the 3rd and meant to write, but I have been so tired lately. Rylan will be here in 5 weeks and there is so much to get done. I hope all is well!
October 03, 2011
Hello Rhonda, still think of you and James quite a bit!! Hope all is well, keep in touch
October 03, 2011
Dearest Rhonda and Family, James was a wonderful son and BRAVE soldier. He now is a soldier in heaven and is walking peacefully with God everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. love Tracy

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