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Lt. Commander (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall
Lieutenant Commander (SEAL)

Jonas B. Kelsall

SHREVEPORT, LA - Lieutenant Commander Jonas B. Kelsall was born on November 8, 1978, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, fighting for his country as a United States Navy SEAL. Jonas committed every day of his life to the happiness of his wife, Victoria; family; and friends; as well as to service for his country.

Fast friends with all he met, Jonas was a magnetic storyteller who shared his compassion, humor, and energy with those around him. Full of spontaneity, he was known for surprising his loved ones, whether with playful pranks or unexpected acts of kindness—such as flying halfway around the world to surprise Victoria and her family on Christmas Eve.

Jonas led a fulfilling life with his wife, family, friends, and teammates. Devoted to his family, he and Victoria prioritized spending time with them in California, Texas, Virginia, and Michigan. He also took great pride in his job and valued the commitment, skill, loyalty, and friendship of his teammates. Despite spending a great deal of time on deployment, Jonas never considered his job a sacrifice, but instead a great honor. When not working, he enjoyed traveling with Victoria to places such as France, Belgium, Portugal, China, Israel and Turkey. Throughout all of his travels, however, Jonas was always happy to return home to the United States, and often expressed how fortunate he felt to be an American.

Jonas enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport, where he excelled in soccer. Jonas completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, California, in 1997. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, along with his future wife, Victoria. Jonas and Victoria discovered their interest in travel and love for one another while studying abroad in Paris, France.

Jonas received his Navy commission in 2001 and was one of the original plank owners of a West Coast based SEAL Team in Coronado, California. Jonas and Victoria were married in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2007 and in 2008, after an arduous training and selection process, Jonas reported to his East Coast based SEAL team as troop commander.

During his numerous deployments in support of the War on Terror, Jonas was awarded a Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals with Combat "V" Devices for Valor, a Purple Heart, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Combat "V" Device for Valor, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals and numerous other personal and unit decorations.

Jonas is survived by his wife, Victoria Jennings Kelsall of McLean, VA; his parents John and Teri Kelsall, who currently reside in Los Angeles; and sister Kim Kelsall, a native of Shreveport, LA. He will be eternally loved and remembered by his wife, family, friends and teammates.

A private memorial will be held in Shreveport, LA. and a private funeral will be held in Falls Church, VA. The burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider a donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation "Jonas Kelsall Fund", 1619 D Street, Bldg. 5326, Virginia Beach, VA 23459.

Published by Shreveport Times on Aug. 20, 2011.
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Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2021
Sandee Garza Schock
May 31, 2021
Could not ask for anyone better to have your "Six".. years have gone by, Never forgotten..
April 11, 2021
9 years gone but not forgotten.
Rest In Peace.
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2020
Looked at part of a tape where your family took Michael on vacation. So wish those happy times could have lasted for many, many more years. We often think of you and the family you left behind. Susan and Rod Hynson
May 26, 2020
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Gone But Not Forgotten.
Sandee Garza Schock
May 25, 2020
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2019
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are appreciated by many. You will be missed by many, but they will know you're one of their Guardian Angels
Charmian Easter
June 11, 2019
Rest In Peace HERO
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice

Sandee Garza Schock
May 27, 2019
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2018
Never Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Sandee Garza Schock
May 29, 2018
To the family of Lt. Commander Kelsall my family and I are for ever in your debt his and your sacrifice can never be repaid.


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Gaspare Rumeo
February 21, 2018
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2017
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice.
Gone But Not Forgotten.
Sandee Garza Schock
May 29, 2017
Sandee Garza Schock
November 13, 2016
5 years Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2016
Sandee Garza Schock
May 30, 2016
Together...We Will Not Forget...My name is Debbie Elam and I am the Chairman of the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. Our group is making and presenting a numbered memorial quilt to the immediate family of each fallen hero since the 1983 attack on the Marine Barracks in Lebanon in and the Global War on Terror with ties to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Hero may have been born, gone to school, lived in Virginia at sometime during their life or even trained for his military service in Virginia. We have a website at if you get a chance to see the quilts. We have honored 247 Virginia Gold Star Families with quilts as of this date. Please contact me via email ([email protected]) or phone at 804-397-5375 and I will get the information from you so we can send you a Memorial Quilt in honor of Hero. Thank you.Debbie Elam, Chairman Virginia Memorial Quilt Project P. O. Box 534Powhatan, VA 23139
November 26, 2015
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice. Gone But Not Forgotten.
Sandee Garza Schock
November 11, 2015
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2015
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
May 25, 2015
Thank you for all you did for your country,family, friends and those of us you didn't even know.
You will all ways be remembered and kept in our hearts.
Thank you,
Jen Stringfellow
Jen Stringfellow
May 5, 2015
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2014
Gone But Not Forgotten
Thanks for the ultimate sacrifice
Sandee Garza Schock
May 26, 2014
Thank You for your service and the ultimate sacrifice.
November 11, 2013
To The Family of Jonas Kelsall,
Although I did not know your son, I just want to thank you for the service he gave to the American people, who will always be greatful for his service and sacrifice. Be safe and rest in peace.
Charmian Easter
October 31, 2013
To Jonas' parents: We remember Jonas from his days at Riverside with our son Eliot. We were saddened to learn that Jonas has died in the line of duty 2 years ago. We are grateful for his service and sacrifice and will remember him fondly as the spunky little soccer player we knew in the 80's.
Becky Sykes
October 30, 2013
Gone But Not Forgotten
Sandee Garza Schock
August 6, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Kelsall 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
Charlie Gili
May 12, 2013
Gone But Never Forgotten
Sandra Schock
August 7, 2012
To the family of Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall:
Jonas gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
August 6, 2012
On this day of the 1 Year anniverary , I wanted to remind your family that Jonas's sacrifice Has not & Will not be forgotten by my family & I . This Country seems to forget how Lucky we are to have the caliber of people that it takes to do what these men & women do & the families that raise them . God Bless our troops & there familes .
Curtis Glass
August 6, 2012
I worked with Jonas while he was attached to Special Boat Unit TWELVE in Coronado. He was warm and friendly, and so humble despite all his accomplishments. I've never been somebody who likes to have conversations while I run, but Jonas and I would often run together in morning PT sessions, and he could draw me out. I still laugh thinking of a story he told me, where during a training parachute jump he landed on top of a van in junkyard!

My condolences to you Victoria, John & Teri, Kim, and the rest of Jonas' family and friends.
Dan P
April 13, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Brenda Galambos
December 19, 2011
Lt. Commander Kelsall - Warrior and Heroe, your mission is complete, now rest in peace. Thank You! You will not be forgotten.

Chuck Boche
Patriot Guard Rider
November 10, 2011
Thank you Commander
October 12, 2011
Rest in Peace Warrior, your sacrifice will not be forgotten. A grateful America thanks you for your service and welcomes you home to your final place of rest as you have given all that one can give. And may the Lord wrap his arms around the family and help them find a measure of peace. With the utmost respect, TSAF ......
Lance O. Adams
October 11, 2011
To the family of Lt. Cmdr Jonas B. Kelsall my name is Betty Nielsen the founder of Freedom Quilts Inc we made and give out quilts to fallen heroes families for free they can be personalize or simple quilts but they are given to the family for free all they have to do is contact us at [email protected] and get a hold of me or check our website and see all we have done and continue to do for families of our heroes. I would be so honor to design and make your quilt to honor your beloved son or spouse. We do make quilts for both parents and spouse for both were very important in his life so we do honor both. contact me please and I would be honor to do so.
Betty Nielsen
September 20, 2011
You are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
September 14, 2011
To The Family,
Although I did not know your son or husband, I do appreciate everything that he did to protect and serve this country with honor. I thank him very much and respect him for his service and sacrifice. My condolences to the family and his friends. Our country has lost a very Special Person. Charmian Easter (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
September 12, 2011
Thank you, Lt.
Judy Rayburn
September 6, 2011
To the family of LT CMDR (SEAL) JONAS B KELSALL, my condolences. There is not a right word to express how I feel. You feel num, thoughts are blank, all kinds of emotions run through your mind and heart. I am not going to say those feelings will go away, cause they don't, but I promise it will get easier. Hold onto the memories you all have of Jonas, for he is smiling down on all. You can keep him alive with all those memoeries.

A group of wise words I read have helped these past few years and they go like this:

"Those we love don't go away.
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near;
Still loved, still missed, and always dear"
These words are my comfort, as I'm sure they will help you and your family.

LT CMDR JONAS B KELSALL MAY YOU REST IN PEACE FOR A JOB WELL DONE. YOU ARE AN ANGEL OF GOD TO WATCH OVER ALL US. I'm proud and honored to call you my protector. Thank you so very much.
Linda Andersen
September 4, 2011
Your were the leader of many brave warriors. I have shed tears for all of you. Every American should make their lives worthy of your sacrifice.
Toni Flamion
September 3, 2011
As the mother of a US Marine...I can only imagine the personal loss you are suffering. Please know that others are praying for you and all of your families daily. What a huge loss to our country but even greater loss for you. I pray that God will give you peace in the memories you share. My son was so upset with the tragedy of 911 that he enlisted as he said to protect all of us. He has told me many times that if he didn't come home one day to remember that he was doing this for our country he dearly loves. My son and family thank all of you for Jonas' sacrifice and yours as well for our freedom that we will appreciate every day. Stay close to our Heavenly Father and you will one day be reunited with him again forever. May God Bless and keep you close.
September 3, 2011
What a smile! The world lost a beautiful person when you died. Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.
September 2, 2011
My wife and I are deeply saddened by the loss of these great men who feared nothing, and used their bravery to serve our country. Whether the war is right or wrong, they servred to protect freedom loving people, and care for those that struggle every hour to wake up the next day in peace. Thanks Jonas. You and all the service men and womem who died, or were wounded in all these wars will never be forgotten.
Ed and Liz Schultz
August 31, 2011
Thank you, so much for your sacrifice to our nation. My families thoughts and prayers are with you and Victoria, John, Terri and Kim. I will always remember your days at Magnet High, and the morning that we sat in the airport when you were leaving for BUDS training. Godspeed in your eternal travels.
Doug Jowers
August 30, 2011
God Bless you and your Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you young man for your service. God welcomes you with open arms.
Linda (Army Mom)
August 28, 2011
To the family of Lt Cmdr Jonas Kelsall when the time is right please contact me at [email protected] and I would be more then honor to make his parent a quilt to honor your son. my website is
Betty Nielsen
August 27, 2011
Thank you Jonas for serving our Country. I had the honor of getting to know Jonas in 2001, he was a great man who brought a smile to everyone he came in contact with. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.
Joshua Segaloff
August 25, 2011
August 25, 2011
My family and I are eternally grateful for you and your families sacrifice. You died a hero for our freedom and you
will never get to hear our
gratitude. You are truly an
amazing man and I know your Wife, Family and Friends are so
proud of who you are. May God comfort them in their loss and give them the strength that you showed as a Soldier. Thank you is not enough but I
am honored to know that there are Men and Women like you serving in our military. May you rest in peace.
August 25, 2011
Thank you, Jonas for serving our Country and protecting people you never even met --like me. I will always honor your service and your ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace. Prayers to the Kelsall family.
August 24, 2011
GOD Bless you Lt. Commander (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall. Thank you for serving our country so proudly and the sacrifice you made, without men like you, we would not have the freedom that the USA enjoys. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.
Bill and Linda Byrd
August 24, 2011
Thank you for serving our country. I am praying for your family.
Margaret Dupree
August 23, 2011
Wooden Ships And Iron Men
Jonas Kelsall Was One Of Them
Never Knew Him, Wish I Did
I Was A LCDR When He Was A Kid
I Joined The Navy in '61
To See The World And Have Some Fun
Went To 'Nam, And Did My Time
Thirteen Months in Jungle Slime
Seen Men Shot, Seen Men Die
But when Jonas was killed I had to cry
Not This Way, Not this Way
Eternal Father This I Say
Eternal Father This I Pray
Take Care of Jonas Every Day
John Uniportant
August 23, 2011
As I look at the obituary I think how proud you must be of your son/husband. As a mother my heart aches.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
August 22, 2011
Words cannot express how sad we are for the loss of your son/husband. We did not know him, but we are forever grateful for the great sacrifice that he made for his country. It is men like him that make America what we are and what we believe in. Jonas obviously touched so many lives and those people are better for knowing him. He will be greatly missed and we will NEVER forget the men who died that day.
Darlene and Mike Turner
August 22, 2011
Susie Sonnier
August 22, 2011
I am grateful that parents raise men like Jonas Kelsall. Your commitment and sacrifice to this nation will be forever remembered. Rest in peace.
Jon Brooks
August 21, 2011
Your family, as well as the families of the other service members have been and will continue to be in my pryaers. Please know the sacrifice made will never been forgotten.
Louise Beauclair Dove
August 21, 2011
I knew not of you or your family but you all have been in my thoughts and my prayers daily for a long time now. Thank you for your service. I shall see you in Heaven one day my friend.
Kim Preston
August 21, 2011
To the family of Jonas: I am the dad of a SEAL that confided in me and the rest of my family that my son lost his best friend when Jonas left to join the angels. I have held dear to my heart a photo of my son and another SEAL taken in Iraq in 2005. On the morning of August 8 as I was preparing to leave Costa Rica I noticed text messages on my cell that prompted a call to my son. It was then that my boy told me of the passing of his best friend along with the other warriors. When I returned to Austin later that night I found this photo of my son and this other SEAL. As providence would have it the young man that i never knew the identity of standing next to my son would turn out to be Jonas Kelsall. Please keep the faith for this beautiful young man is still a SEAL, still operational. Jonas now has his wings and protects this great nation and his family from the heavens above. My sons best friend has been elevated to the rank of ANGEL. The mission will be completed!
francis mccauley
August 21, 2011
God be with you as you go about tthe days of accepting the unacceptable...and coping with life without Jonas. Riches untold in proud and special moments shared will give you solace and strength to meet the morrow. Your desire to honor your loved one in a very private and personal way was very dear. Even tho, the honors owed and felt by fellow Americans are special and appreciated.... the familys' need to worship and memorialize one so precious in a very private way is to be commended. In the somber quietness of the hour...being surrounded only those who trully knew him..loved him...
and who personally, share in your grief...lifts you up and eases the pain. God be with you...May His grace be over you and all you love...Amen
Ted & Lina Beavers
August 21, 2011
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ([email protected]) is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your husband’s sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
August 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thank you for his service. His sacrifice will never be forgotten........
Eric Hatfield
August 21, 2011
To the Kelsall Family: Our deepest and sincere sympathy go out to you all. We are so appreciative of the life of service, dedication and love that Jonas lived. We will keep him in our hearts as a true American hero, but also as a friend to all who knew him and a wonderful husband, brother and son. We send our prayers up for you all.
Leighton and Kathy Warren
August 20, 2011
Thank you.
August 20, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. My prayers are with your family and friends.
August 20, 2011
Rod.& Susan Hynson
August 20, 2011
God bless you at this time. As the grandmother of Pfc. John Corey Johnson who was killed in Afghanistan on May 27, I mourn with you for these fallen heroes.
Nancy Johnson
August 20, 2011
My name is Jayme Watson. I am a member of Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana, Chapter 5. Please accept our deepest sympathy's for your loss. I can not even begin to tell you how sorry I am, we all are. As with most all of our Killed in Action fallen heros, we have the honor to present to the family- your fallen hero's Gold Star Banner. We have banners for Teri and Victoria to be presented at a time of your choosing. Blue Star Mothers is a National Support Group made up of mothers mostly of active duty servicemen and women. As a Navy Mom myself, times 2, I feel your pain. We, BSM of LA5, want you the family of this fine, brave sailor, to know that our hearts go out to you, and that we appreciate his supreme sacrifice. He, as ours do, loved what he was doing and the country and people he was doing it for!
Jayme Watson
August 20, 2011
Thank you for your courageous service to our country. May your family find comfort in the difficult days ahead. May you rest in peace.
August 20, 2011
On behalf of my family and the country as a whole, I would like to thank you and your family for allowing your husband, dad, son, grandson, cousin and friend to serve and protect our country. He, and your entire family, have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I know Lt. Commander Kensall must have felt that he was doing what he loved. May God lift you up and hold you in his loving arms, to help you find the strength in these sorrowful and trying times. You are and always be, in our prayers. Thank you and God Bless.
The Cordell Family
August 20, 2011
"Greater love has no one than this then to lay down his life for his friends"
John 15:13

Frances Rebecca Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
August 20, 2011
My deepest RESPECT to a fallen HERO. I am grateful for your service to our nation.
Jason Cohenour
August 20, 2011
Thank you for your service to this great country.
August 20, 2011
Dear John and Teri:

Our hearts and prayers are with you and Jonas. Sadness in our hearts is accompanied by great pride and happiness of having been a part of Jonas's life and knowing him to be the quality person and man he was. God bless you
Mike Dailey
August 20, 2011
Dear Kelsall family,
Our family grieves the loss of Jonas. A hero. He will not be forgotten. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The K. Collins family of Colo. Sgs., CO
August 19, 2011
Such a great man, such a great loss. What an inspiration his contribution to this world is. Jonas Kelsall you are an Angel
Graham Johnson
August 16, 2011
Cynthia M. Schindel Engstrom and Family
August 15, 2011
Please accept my deepest
condolences for the loss of your
loved one and Hero Jonas, and my
sincerest gratitude for his service.
God Bless you Lt. Cmdr. Jonas B. will not be forgotten.
Sylvia Kronenwetter
August 14, 2011
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to U.S. Navy Seal, Lt.Cmdr Jonas B. Kelsalll our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Jonas. And to Jonas it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Jonas, you are a brave Navy Seal, a Patriot Warrior and a true Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,307 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Jonas’ family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
August 14, 2011
We have the watch, brother.

Rest in peace.
August 14, 2011
Fair winds and following seas shipmate. Your warrior days are now over and peace is yours.
Henryk Zaleski Lt,SC,USN-Ret
August 14, 2011
I pray your family will feel the presence of the Lord today and that you will draw strength and hope as you trust Him to be your comfort. We are blessed because of your loved one’s service to our country.
Eleyse Griffin
August 13, 2011
My heart and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. You are a HERO LT. CMDR. Kelsall and you will not be forgotten. Thank you for your service to this country. God bless your love ones and your family.
Wanda Sanders
August 13, 2011
I still remember Jonas as that little blond haired boy in grade school. My prayers go out to the Kelsall family.
He will always be a hero to me.
Lauren Jones
August 13, 2011
For everything you did and stood for I thank you. You are truly a hero of the United States Of America. Our prayers go out to your family.
Joe & Laura Rodriguez
August 13, 2011
Jonas was an inspiration to my son. Please Lord send Your Grace to comfort the entire Kelsall family and friends.
Dominic & Michael Case
August 13, 2011
Although I can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in my thoughts from afar.
August 13, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. May LT.CMDR. (SEAL) JONAS B. KELSALL rest in peace and you find comfort in knowing that he is. My thoughts and prayers are with JONAS and your family. Thank You American HERO!! ~GOD BLESS
L Greene
August 12, 2011
Prayers lifted for the Kelsall family
Sheri Ebarb
August 12, 2011
Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication. Rest in peace and God speed.
August 12, 2011
He was a TRUE HERO, sympathy to the family,may you hold all your memories close to your heart. God will take care of him now.
Laginess Family
August 12, 2011
To the Family of Lt.Cmdr.Jonas B. Kelsall My deepest sympathy for the loss of Your HERO. May He Rest In Eternal Peace. May God give You comfort during this difficult time. Sincerely
The S. Schock Family
August 12, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
August 12, 2011
Our prayers go out to the Kelsall family. We are thankful for Cmdr. Kelsall's devotion, patriotism,and
dedication to our country. May God bless his soul. We are so very sorry for his family and we send our condolences. William(April) McBride
Anderson, SC
William(April) McBride
August 12, 2011
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Jonas 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
August 12, 2011
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