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WIEBE, Pte Joel Vincent On Wednesday, June 20, 2007, Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe died in the service of his county, in Afghanistan at the age of 22 years. Fondly remembered by his loving spouse and soulmate Anna Marie; father Joe (Nilda) Wiebe and his mother Sherry Clark; sisters: Michelle (Brandon), Marcie, Amanda (Sean); brothers: Ben and Lance as well as nieces: Kali, Sydney, Dalyla and nephew Xander and grandparents. Joel will also be greatly missed by his numerous other relatives, friends and serving members of the Canadian Forces. Joel will be buried with full Military Honours, his Funeral Service will be by invitation only. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to Edmonton Humane Society, 12251-67 Street, Edmonton, AB T5B 1M8. Serenity Funeral Service, 5311-91 Street, 450-0101. Condolences: www.serenity.ca Your Community Owned Not For Profit Society.

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Published in Edmonton Journal from Jun. 27 to Jun. 29, 2007.
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November 10, 2016
In thoughts of all those who have given all that could be given for our freedoms, our beliefs, our futures and in thoughts of their families, loved ones, friends and fellow soldiers. Thank You. We Will Remember

Etched in history's past hundred years
Is freedom's struggle forth
As nations stood allied to stand
To stop tyranny's closing doors
So many sons
Lay in far off lands
Never to return
Except in thoughts and memories shared
By their fellow soldiers, families, friends
What touches hearts still beating for
Those who stood that ground
Are those who shared their stories forth
Of a war that turned around
As years passed by
Nations share
A bond that cannot brake
Those who found freedom's door
Opened in their wake
Dear Lord, sons and daughters taught
Their children, of the past
Now years and years
So little's changed
Except the speed the news is passed
Yes war has changed
This past hundred years
As more and more have stood
Fallen near, that brethren strong
Freedom held so dear
I wish my tears could wash away
The reality war has shown
Shown to me, as one who cares
As one who's stood so near
One who allowed the tears to flow
As a mom talked and shared her love
For a fallen one
She held so dear
Now lifted high above
To continue caring, listening
As their daughters chatted so
And let me know
Of a love they held
For a dad who gave his all
His love
For his Nation dear
His all for a world to be
That which he would pass along
To his children strong and free
I stand with fallen angels
Their families, loved ones, friends
I stand with soldier bears who've heard
Over and over and over, again
I love you dad, I love you mom
I wish, you could come home
But now I know you look after me
From where ever angels go

By Roger Borchert For Remembrance Day 2016

My heart goes out to so many families who have shared with me, their journey to overcome such loss. My thanks to Britt and Sarah Stewart of Allan' s Angels Camp for introducing me to your soldier bears and letting me hear your dad say in his own voice good night to you even 3 years after his loss. My journey into 8 years of poetry and caring for the families of our fallen and wounded has taken so much of a bite out of me and left me so proud of our soldiers and their military families; I cannot turn away. Hugs to all: We Will Remember Them.

Roger, Eileen and The Borchert Family Morinville, Alberta
Roger Borchert
April 3, 2015
My poem for this Easter 2015

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

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

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

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

By Roger Borchert

Our hearts, Our tears, Our Prayers
The Borchert Family
Morinville, Alberta
Roger Borchert
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
Roger Borchert
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
Roger Borchert
June 16, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Matthew McGuire
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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
November 10, 2013
We Will Remember Them. Written for Remembrance Day 2013

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

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

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta

rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
December 24, 2012
For the Families of Our Fallen This Christmas 2012

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

Thank you Lord
Merry Christmas To All
We will Remember Them Until You Meet Again
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, Alberta
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
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
Roger Borchert
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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
December 24, 2010
For the Families, loved ones, friends of or Fallen This Christmas 2010

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

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

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
November 2, 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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
April 3, 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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
November 8, 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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
April 8, 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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
February 14, 2009
To Sherry Clark
Mother, Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe

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

The Borchert Family
Slave Lake, Alberta
Roger Borchert
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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
November 10, 2008
Rememberance day tomorrow buddy, you'll never be forgotten.
Aaron Prosper
November 6, 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
rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
September 30, 2008
Sherry Clark
Mother, Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Borchert Family Slave Lake Alberta

rogbor@live.ca
Roger Borchert
September 22, 2008
Oh lord please hear
Our pain runs deep
At the loss of so many sons
Oh lord be near
To those who wait
The return of those so dear

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

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

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

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

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

The Borchert Family Slave Lake Alberta
Roger Borchert
September 20, 2008
always remembered... never forgotten...
Eileen Tay
July 2, 2008
Happy Canada Day buddy... miss ya. Think about ya often, thank you for everything!
Cpl Prosper
May 30, 2008
God Bless men like Joel... Thank you Sherry & Family for sharing your wonderful son, brother , uncle and friend with us. The gift of love for others and courage to stand up for freedom is something you all should be so proud of. Sherry you raised a wonderful son.. be proud, I know the tears fall, pain stays and hurt never goes away but the wonderful memories come every minute with a small smile followed by a sharpe pain.... I too lost a son at 19 years old and understand the hurt.....Joel will always be remembered by those who loved and knew him and those who did not have the chance too... what an honor for you ... be strong... don't forget he gave his life for what he loved..... you and your family...
God Bless.
Tammy Faye
December 18, 2007
I found this inuit proverb that has given me comfort.
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
I miss Joel so much. I dont think I will ever fully understand he is gone forever,all I know is every now and then a great sadness creeps into my heart,and I remember.Then I am filled with great memories of my childhood friend,my first kiss and a man turned into a hero. Thanks Joel. We all miss and love you
Daniela Chavez
November 8, 2007
We are doing a tribute to all the soldiers that have died in the war and we each get names to represent people and I am representing Joel Wiebe. I am so sorry for everyone that has suffered from this loss and I am truly honoured to be representing what was said to be "the happpiest man in NATO". I just want to let you know we, as Canadians, will never forget what the soldiers are doing for us.
Amy Driedger
November 8, 2007
We shall never forget.
November 5, 2007
My Family thanks you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice.
October 5, 2007
You are a brave man. Thank you for what you have done for our country. <3
August 29, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Paula Armstrong
July 23, 2007
I am so sorry to here about your son I just got the news today.(june 22/07). I just pray that you are okay.
Jack gunder
July 11, 2007
On behalf of my wife Denise, daughters Ann-Marie and Kathie-Lee and myself, I would like to offer our Condolences on he loss of your son, grandson and brother. He was Truly A Canadian Hero.

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

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

Corporal Taylor Kilmartin's Mother and Stepfather, Sandra Martin and Paul Weir.
Sandra Martin
July 9, 2007
Sherry and family,
We can not imagine what you are going through - seems like yesterday you were at Jiggers with Joel and the girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless Joel for his sacrifice.
Jason Nixon, Tracey Coutts and kids
July 6, 2007
Dear Joel,
Our memories of you are of happy times and will always be in our hearts. Your sacrifice for freedom is the greatest imaginable, we love you. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to your whole family, you will be dearly missed.
Doug & Helen Bailey
July 6, 2007
Sherry Clark,
Our son Lane worked alongside Joel in A Coy in Edmonton and in 2Pl in C Coy in Kandahar. When we heard the news of the loss of Joel, we wanted to tell you that Lane was one of his comrades that helped carry him on the first part of his journey home at the ramp ceremony at KAF. I hoped it would somehow help you to know that someone who knew, respected and cared deeply for him was there for him. I couldn't find the words at that time to express how sorry we are for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of your family, and Anna especially, in these most difficult of days.

Parents of Pte. Lane Watkins
Wanda & Charles Watkins
July 6, 2007
so sorry to hear the news about Joel. Take care.
eric crofts
July 5, 2007
My Deepest sympathy to all that knew and loved Joel Vincent Wiebe
may you have some comfort with all your precious memories!
Ruby
July 5, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
ronald stratford
July 5, 2007
Your contributions while trying to make the world a better place will never be forgotten. Thank you Joel Vincent Wiebe for representing our country. You along with all of the other soldiers in Afghanistan are heroes.
Megan Tindal
July 4, 2007
This brave Canadian hero gave his life to make a better world.
Larry Hess
July 4, 2007
You do not grieve alone..the country grieves with you, the family of Trooper Darryl Caswell is with you in prayer and honor. Our fine boys are forever in our hearts. I lost my nephew and gained a hero. Condolences to your family.
Brenda Stainton
July 3, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of a fine young man who was a son, brother, spouse, grandson, uncle, friend, and admired citizen. To all the families that loved Joel, and especially to Sherry, Anna, Joe, Amanda, Marcie, Michelle, the extended Wiebe and Wede families: the enormous grief we feel is impossible to express. May you find strength to overcome and arrive at peace, as you reflect on and treasure the many loving memories and contributions that Joel has made. My thoughts are with you all.
Sandra P
July 3, 2007
To the Wiebe Family
We wish that there was something we could do to ease your pain. My heart ache everytime I hear of another fallen soldier. We lost our dear nephew Sgt. Craig Gillam on Oct 3rd 2006. Think about the good times you had with Joel It will help you through these hard times. God Bless
Rita & Mary Gillam
July 2, 2007
You are my hero.
Hazel Stewart
July 2, 2007
Joel...Ruhe Sanft(R.I.P in German) and condolences to the entire wiebe family and friends from the heppner family.
corina heppner
July 1, 2007
Our sincere condolences to the family of Pte. Wiebe. We didn't know Pte. Wiebe but we are hurting with you as we are in laws of MCpl Allan Stewart who was KIA on April 11, 2007. We don't know the pain of losing a son but we do know the pain of losing a son in law, may your memories of Joel give you comfort and may God be your strength. Thank you Joel for the great sacrifice you made for your country and all that you believed in.
Terry & Eva LeFurgey
July 1, 2007
To live in the hearts of those you love is to not really die at all.

R.I.P.
July 1, 2007
I am sorry for your loss, the Family and Soldier are in our prayers. God bless him and all that have stepped up in the past and those that will follow his lead in the future.
Jeremiah Reidy
July 1, 2007
I had the pleasure and honour of meeting and serving with Pte. Wiebe during our time in Basic Training. He was a great comrade and soldier. May he never be forgotten.
Pte. Greg Nowosad
June 30, 2007
Dear Sherry and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joel is an inspiration to all of us. If only we could all be as brave! Thank you Joel for all you have given! Sherry, Joel is with god and is watching out for you!
Your friend, Sandra Kerr (PPC)
Sandra Kerr
June 30, 2007
To the family and friends of Joel Vincent I extend my sincere condolences,he has serve his Country well,may his soul rest in peace.
J. E.
June 30, 2007
Joel was an amazing person and i am honored to have known him. He had a way to make a person laugh in any situation. A Hero to all of us. Gone but never forgotton.
Cori MacDonald
June 30, 2007
Sherry and Family,
I was so saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It takes a very special person to do what Joel did in serving our country and you must be very proud in having such a wonderful son and brother.
Katie N.
Katie Nixon
June 30, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Janet Brandon
June 30, 2007
Thank you for your sacrifice, that of Joel's and yours as a family. We need to take more time to recognize their courage in dying for what they believe in. That shows such a depth of character and deserves to be honored
Kent Frost
June 30, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to Joel's family and friends. We could not have a Canada Day without the dedication and risks which our troops rise to meet.
Claudia Rustenburg
June 30, 2007
To the Families of: Pte. Joel Wiebe, Cpl. Stephen Bouzane, and Sgt. Christos Karigiannis
I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your sons. Although they are gone it will be a comfort to know that they died doing what they wanted to do and believed to be right. Their actions have improved the lives of many Afghan people. On this side of the world here in Canada we sleep easier knowing that there are young men who willingly risk death to keep freedom alive. May we all keep the memory of them and their sacrifices alive not only publicly on Remembrance Day but in our hearts and minds every day.
Stephen
June 30, 2007
We knew Joel when he was just little and we lived next door to Joe and Sherry in Millwoods. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family.
Leonard & Barb Shain
June 29, 2007
To the families and fiancee of Joel, my heartfelt condolences. May the peace, love and comfort of our Lord be with you all and carry you through this very dark time. Thank You JOEL, for Your sacrifice of laying down your life so that we could all sleep a little better each night.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO!!! May you now sleep with the angels in our Heavenly home. God Bless
Donna & Robert VanSluys
June 29, 2007
Joel's sacrifice will not go unnoticed and will not be forgotten. We the people that served on this mission will not forget the ones we left behind , EVER..........I mourn with you .
steve tataryn
June 29, 2007
Sherry, Michelle and Family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Son and Brother. May time, memories and the support of friends and family help you all through this. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,
Susan McCullough-Pereira
Susan McCullough - Pereira
June 29, 2007
Dear Anna - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was so blessed to have met you and all your family last Friday. Please know that you are loved and are an inspiration. God Bless, Jody Notter (Tanya's sister:)
Jody Notter
June 29, 2007
I NEVER KNEW YOUR SON AND I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.ALL OF CANADA IS VERY PROUD OF HIM AND ALL THE BOYS THAT FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY.
HAROLD BULL
June 28, 2007
My thoughts & prayers are with your family at this time. I knew your family through years of softball. Thank you to Joel for giving his life serving our country & trying to make the world safer.
With deepest sympathy,
Gwen Ireland Freeman
June 28, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It's been a while since we saw Joel. Probably the softball party you had at your house way back when, but I wanted you all to know that we are all thinking of you. Gord, Sandy and Shari Cummins and Stacey Telford
Stacey Telford
June 28, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joel who gave the utlimate sacrifice for his country. He was a wonderful man who gave everyone around him a reason to smile and felt honored to be serving his country. We will miss him dearly. I only knew him briefly but I will always remember his smile and laughter as they were a huge part of who he was. God now has a very special soldier amongst his troops in heaven to look over us and help us through the hard times ahead.
Veronica Hanlen & family
June 27, 2007
Anna and the Wiebe Family, Joel and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you bravely face this trying time. Anna, the poise and grace you have shown is a true inspiration to not only your friends and family but to all Canadians. May God continue to give you strength.
Cody & Jenny Zaitsoff
June 27, 2007
Our thoughts to you. Our hearts to you. Our thanks to you for raising a son who served his country to keep my son and my daughter safe. Our deepest, deepest thanks for his eternal sacrifice.
Godspeed, Joel.
And to your family our humble thoughts and prayers.
With sincere sympathy
Sheila Jensen
June 27, 2007
Dear Joe and family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss of Joel. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know the angels guard him now and watch over you all. I wish you all peace and send my heartfelt thanks for giving this world your son, brother, loving man.
Daphne Rainville
June 26, 2007
Our family and friends pray for the family of Joel Vincent Wiebe. No doubt this is very challenging and very emotional but God has another plan for Joel. He is now watching over us and one day when we all get to heaven, Joel will be there waiting at the pearly gates to welcome us home. God bless!
From the Beaver Family
Allan & Eunice Beaver and kids.
Allan & Eunice Beaver
June 26, 2007
Sherry - My heart stopped when I learned that it was your Joel that was gone. You and your family have been in my thoughts every day.
Melani Smith
June 26, 2007
Sherry and family, my heart goes out to you. I can not possibly know the pain you are going through but I do know that you can be very proud of Joel. My condolences and God bless you all.
Edith B
June 26, 2007
For Joel's dedication and that of his comrades; and all those who honourably serve ... may we honour THEM by standing together as one; as a nation and people. May the Lord fill you with the peace that passes all understanding...
B Petroff
June 26, 2007
Wiebe family Joe, sherry,Michele,marcie,Amanda. Times like this make you remember how we loose touch with each other not knowing Joel as a soldier. I do remember him as a little boy living next door.I do remember you as a child that was always happy, caring,of your older sisters and them of you. Times like this I wish we could slow down our busy lives we all think we have and keep in touch, and even a call now and again as I did not know you were a soldier and what a good man you became. Sherry I would like to here from you and give you a big big hug. been thinking of you daily .e.mail address : ljprevey@shaw.ca
Linda Prevey
June 26, 2007
I would like to extend my condolences to Anna and the Wiebe family.I pray that you will continue to find comfort in Joels enthusiasm for the military and the job he wanted to do and did so well. It was a plesure knowing and working with him.
Craig Kootstra
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