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April 29, 2013
To the family of PFC Brandon L. Buttry:

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
January 02, 2013
I'm so heartbroken that the war has taken away your young son. I am greatul there are men to fight for our country. I thank you for his service. My young son is in line to serve and protect and I am scared for him and proud. I'm proud of your son and mine. God bless you.
December 25, 2012
God bless Brandon and his family
December 05, 2012
May God bring some Peace to your family at this time of year and may you rest in peace young soldier.Sending many prayers to your family from ours. The Matis Family: Dan, Angie, PFC Christopher, PFC Melvin and Tim
December 01, 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 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
November 29, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Buttry family on the loss of your loved one and Hero Brandon, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for your country.
God Bless You Pfc. Brandon L. will not be forgotten.
November 26, 2012
Our deep condolences to the Butry Family. We pray the peace of God be with the entire family today and always.
November 23, 2012
Our deepest sympathies as you go through this difficult time. May God wrap his Loving arms and let him rest in peace. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice PFC Brandon Buttry.
Dale and Jean
Marine parents
November 14, 2012
You do not know me, but you were in the same platoon as my son in basic - A Co 2-54 - at Ft. Benning, GA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP, Brandon.
November 14, 2012
My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and yours at this time of sorrow in your lives.May this young soldier Rest Easy and in Peace and may your family find much of the comfort in will need in those around you full of love.
November 14, 2012
My (our) thoughts and prayers go out to your family,and close friends. R.I.P Brandon
November 13, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Fellow Iowans - Morris family
November 12, 2012
Brandon, My visit with you about military life was brief but very special when visiting the family. I'm so glad I was able to share some U.S.S. Tarawa mementos with you. God truly recruited a fine soldier into his kingdom.
Uncle Vern and Aunt Charlene
November 11, 2012
Our family knows the pain & heartache your family is going through. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

The Kirton Family
Army CPL Brandon Kirton
KIA 5/18/11 - Afghanistan
November 10, 2012
Eternal rest grant unto Brandon, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
November 10, 2012
brandon my son told me a little about you rest in peace
November 10, 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. Brandon 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
November 10, 2012
I am sorry to hear about the loss of PFC. Brandon Buttry. I will forever be grateful for Brandon for his military service to our Country. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family.
November 09, 2012
Thank you PFC.Buttry for your brave service to defend the freedoms and way of life we enjoy in the US. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. May you have rest and peace and may your family have healing from their grief.
November 08, 2012
God bless you and your family.
November 08, 2012
Brandon,REST IN pEACE. our hearts are with your family at this time.I remember how sweet you were as a little guy. Bless you.Grand Pa andMerlene.
November 07, 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.
November 07, 2012
You dont me or my husband but our children were part of the same group from JBLM deployed to Afghanistan. My heart is breaking today for your family and I am hoping for strength to your family in the days ahead.
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