Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson
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To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:

As you may know, the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation has honored your loved one at its Memorial Day Sunday worship service (each year in May) … since the time of your fallen hero's ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to pay tribute to our nation's veterans … lest we ever forget!

Now we would like to honor you … as the next-of-kin … who have also paid a great price on the altar of liberty. On Sunday 29 September at 11:00 a.m. we will host a Gold Star Family Sunday.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship … as we pay tribute to your sacrifice. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “By Dying, We Live.” The special music will be the husband/wife vocal/piano — Wickman Duo. Following the worship experience, your family is invited to attend a social time in our Fellowship Hall … with some light refreshments.

As this historic chapel has limited seating, 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
August 16, 2013
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Hanson Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to troops in Afghanistan this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Joshua R. Hanson US Army Sergeant. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
July 6, 2013
To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ([email protected]) 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 4, 2013
To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

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

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

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

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
Please accept my remembrance of Joshua on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
August 30, 2011
To the family of Sgt Joshua R Hanson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

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

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 11, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
Remembering Joshua on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
August 29, 2010
To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to 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 will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 28, 2010
Writing again today to let Joshua's family and friends know that I am still praying for all of you. I know that each day for you is a struggle and a challenge for you to keep going as you think of Joshua, but it would be a tragedy if you do not reach out to those of us that make ourselves available to you. As each day passes, we are all one day closer to being with Joshua. He surely is doing fine where he is now and would want you to live life to the fullest while you are still here. We will continue to honor and remember his sacrifice with the comfort of knowing he is not far away from us. I am asking God's very best blessing for each of you today.
Brad Stueber
August 31, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
Joshua 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
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
August 30, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to 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 in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

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 (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 1, 2009
My heart goes out to you and yours for the loss of Joshua. He did a wonderful service for our country.

From an Army mother of 2
November 12, 2008
I remember that Joshua lived and was that he is a hero. I am praying for his family and friends today and hope you will take time to enjoy remembering some of those good and special moments you spent with him. God bless you all.
Brad Stueber
November 11, 2008
Thanks to all our veterans on Veterans Day.
pjs
November 11, 2008
Thank you for your service... May you always be in your families heart.
Joe
November 10, 2008
Thank you Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson for being dedicated to the United States. You and your family are in my prayers.
Drew
October 22, 2008
I never knew you but you were in my heart and prayers every day! God Bless you and your family. And THANK YOU!!!
Love
Teri Jo
A Navy mom
Teri Jo Schneibel
October 22, 2008
God be with your family during this difficult time. Those of us that love our children deeply feel your pain and will keep you in our prayers. May your son soar with the angels in heaven and may his spirit always be at your side.
Michael Glaeser
October 13, 2008
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Cavin Manuel
September 29, 2008
I didn't know him or his family personally, but I wanted to take a moment and honor him. His sacrifice will never be forgotten. My prayers are with his family as they go through this difficult time. My heart goes out to you.
Amanda Borton
September 23, 2008
I never met you, but I would like to say "Thank you Staff Sgt Joshua Hanson". It is because of the sacrifices you made, and gave your life for, that we all are safe. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Debra Moos
September 23, 2008
I do not know you personally,my families prayers and thanks go out to you. Because of your sacrifice, I can sleep at night knowing my daughter is safe. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace.
Leann Bain
September 22, 2008
I have never met you Staff Sgt. but I want to thank you for volunteering to protect not only America, but other countries as well. It takes a VERY SPECIAL person to give what you and others give, as well as very special parents, wives, husbands, and children, to watch our volunteers walk that path. Bless you, and your family. I and millions of others are VERY proud of you. Thank you.
A distant friend
September 17, 2008
THANKS JOSHUA and the ANDERSON FAMILY. MY thoughts and Prayers are with you daily. Please, Lord, Teach us to laugh again, but God, don't ever let us forget that we cried. Santa (gene)
Gene Abel
September 15, 2008
Thank you is all I can say, but is not enough. From a wife whose husband served 23 years in the Air Force, but most of all a mom, who could never imagine losing one of her children- may God give you any peace you can find, knowing you WILL see him again, but for now, joining you in tears. I know you would rather have him home safe than the thanks of someone you don't know and who can never understand the loss of a child, friend, brother - but it is all I can offer.
c b
September 9, 2008
thank-you for serving our country. its 2 small words which aren't even close to the sacrifice you and your family has made.
wendy gretzlock
September 7, 2008
Thank you for serving our country, what a selfless act, you are truly a hero. Wishing you peace!
T M
September 2, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Joshua, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

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Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
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August 30, 2008
Thank You Joshua you are a true American Hero May God help your family through this tough time
renie
August 29, 2008
Thank you Sgt. Josh Hanson for serving our country. We are grateful for all you have done. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Gina Storelee
August 28, 2008
Thank you for fighting for me and my family! I am thankful that you went there for everyone in this country! Enjoy heaven you earned it!
Jes
August 21, 2008
Sergeant Hanson, we are grateful for your service to our people and to the people of Iraq. We are forever indebted to you and to your family. We can all honor your memory by doing everything in our capacity to make our country and our world a better place, as you have demonstrated by your example of courage and sacrifice.

Thank you.
Carl B.
August 20, 2008
to you that dont know me. josh met my sister after boz. they met in a bar down in the citied and asked her if she was related to me. he had no idea we were related, he just noticed the relationship. anyway back to you kid. i went to budapest and iraq with you , to the end of it all with you cat. you always had a better sprit about it all than i did, and i feel you still do bro. you live in me and beside me forever. youll always be that reason that nothing is normal anymore... say hello to my brother for me, ill see you guys when it is my time.
terrell bondy
August 7, 2008
Some time has passed since Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson left this earthly life and was carried to a better place that Jesus Christ promised He was going to go and prepare for each of us. I did not ever have the high honor of knowing Joshua, but learning of his passing still deeply saddens me. I look at each of our soldiers as a son or daughter of all of us Americans. I would not want any of them to be forgotten or what they accomplished to be considered in vain. So, I join his family and friends in honoring him, acknowledging that he was (and is) and to express grattitude for what Joshua and the Hanson family have sacrificed to make this world a better place. His work lives on for the benefit of many. For that we are very thankful. Words seem small and insignificant. If I could, I would gladly set the clock back and send Joshua home safe again. Since that is not within my power to do, I do the next best thing I know to do and that is to tell his friends and family now that I will pray for all of you every day from now on. When you have a difficult day, remember that someone is praying for you. The best I can do for Joshua now is tell him "thank you for your greatest of all sacrifices. You will not be forgotten. And we look forward to the day that our time comes to join you in that "better place" where there will be no more hatred, anger, war or death forever. In that place it is totally opposite. There is total love, total peace, eternal life and great joy always. Until we meet, Joshua, rest in peace, son.
Brad Stueber
August 5, 2008
I want to offer you my sincere and heartfelt sympathy, and assurance of prayer for your dear son who I am sure was called by God to walk in the unending morning of His Christ with the Bright Wings of His Spirit. I will offer Mass for your son tomorrow.
Father Robert Walsh
August 3, 2008
To the Hanson Family:

As the daughter of a W.W.II, hero, (my father was a survivor of Batan & POW for 2+ yrs) I thank your family for the ultimate sacrfice an American family can make, the loss of a child who has gone to war to serve our great country.

I've been reading the beautiful tributes here and they are a wonderful reminder of the great men and women who live here. We see so much negative publicity, we hear lots of complaints about the way this war is being conducted, and yet I do think that most of us know this is the most difficult war & possibly the most definitive one we may ever fight.

Our brave soldiers are all angels on earth, risking their lives to keep civilization, as we know it. Please find reassurance that your son's life and death were both measures of excellency & the American Spirit. God bless you. I pray in time, God will bless you with beautiful lives well worth living past this tragic period. It's because of your son and soldiers like him, that the rest of us are blessed with living here!

Peace be with you,
Susanne
Philadelphia
Susanne
August 1, 2008
Thank you Joshua, for your service to our country. Rest in peace. My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends who love him.
Joyce
July 30, 2008
Thank you for you service to our country.
Darcy Metz
July 29, 2008
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Josh's family, and we extend thanks to you for your service to our country. We thank God for your courage. "Greater love has no man than this..."
Lorie Fahs
July 28, 2008
I'd like to thank you, Staff Sgt Hanson, for your bravery and courage in fighting for our freedom...may God bless you and your family.
Jeanne Langeslag
July 24, 2008
Sgt. Hanson - I did now know you but I wanted your family to know that I as an American thank you for all your did for our Country. My husband is a vietnam vet and I thank God he came out of that war safe and sound. God Bless and thank you again. Barb Castleberry and family
Barb Castleberry
July 15, 2008
The spirit soars !
July 14, 2008
To the family of Josh, Not a day goes past that I don't think of Josh! I can still remember that day at (Law Enforcement) skill in Alex When Josh said he will be heading to Iraq. And with that smile he shared with all, he said "Don't worry guys I will be fine". We were standing in firearms training class and Josh standing by that last row of tables on the right side of the room... And I just down three people Looking at him as if he was crazy. i remember seeing Josh the last day of skills when we graduated, he was smiling ear to ear and he could not wait to get back from Iraq to start in career in Law Enforcement. What a great officer Josh would have made and the department that would have hired him would of been lucky to have him on their force! Well, now our heavenly father is the lucky one to have Josh on his force!
I will always be grateful to Josh and all other service men/women who have served our great country! Thank You for sharing your son with us all, Josh will always be a TRUE HERO in our hearts............ God bless you all
Anita
July 8, 2008
im so sorry for your loss
July 7, 2008
Some give their all, and you did, as did your family. My prayers are with all of you. Thank-you for your service.
An Army Mom
Hillevi Peterson
June 27, 2008
Thank you serving our beautiful country and fighting for our freedom. To all the men and woman of the armed forces of America, Thank You. You are all heros.
Jeana Weber
June 27, 2008
Thank you for serving our country. You are truly an American hero
June 23, 2008
thank you for raising your son as a true american. because of him we are free. thank you the family for doing what must be the hardest thing you ever had to do. a proud american because of your son
June 3, 2008
THANKX SGT. HANSON FOR YOUR HEROISM & OUR FREEDOM! GOD BLESS YOU
AN ARMY MOM
June 3, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Hanson!
June 1, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Samantha a friend of a fallen soldier
May 30, 2008
for the grieving family my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I myself served 14 years and am a disabled vet with some close calls of my own. Your son is a HERO in every sense of the word. I have lost some good friends over the years.
Brian decoux
May 16, 2008
Your son is a true HERO. He gave his life for those of us enjoying our freedom every day. Words cannot describe how I ache for your loss. And I am appreciative of his selfless fight for peace. I am grateful for him and to those who so willingly have served and continue to serve OUR Country. God Bless you and your family during this terrible time. Take comfort in your memories of him.
A Mom
May 13, 2008
I will think of your son every day. My son is currently in the military, and pray every day for all personnel. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Trina C
May 11, 2008
Dear Bob,Kathy and Jacob, I often think of Josh and how wonderful a young man he was, how much he is missed by his family. I know he is watching over all the soldiers still in Iraq and helping them when times are hard. i know my Josh is being watched by both Josh and my Mother. They are the guardian angels that is keeping him safe . Josh will be remember by all as a real hero. Stay strong. All my love
diana bravo
May 11, 2008
TO A REAL HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...
SGT MARKFORT,JOSHUA
SERVING IN IRAQ
JOSHUA MARKFORT
May 11, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring 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 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

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 (612/970-7866) 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: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, 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.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 28, 2008
To the family and loved ones of an American Hero. I grieve for your loss and greatly respect the young man's commitment to our Country and your sacrifices as a family. He will never be forgotten. Be strong and proud and memories will heal the heart.
Ken
April 28, 2008
GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY HE IS A HERO
JON
April 25, 2008
As a mother with my only child in Iraq, my heart aches for you. Be comforted by your memories, I will be praying for you.
Michelle Ford
April 23, 2008
While I may not have had the honor to meet SSgt. Hanson, as a military wife, I want to say thank you and your family so much for your service. God Bless you all.
Theresa Ward
April 10, 2008
Rest Peacefully Staff Sgt. Joshua R Hanson.
Thank you for protecting our freedoms.
YOU ARE A HERO
May God hold you and heal you
and allow you to wear the biggest wings in heaven.
April 8, 2008
I never met or knew Joshua, but my heart aches for your loss.
Patricia Melody
April 7, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Lindsey
April 3, 2008
Find comfort in God’s Word during this painful time. Jehovah offers us the resurrection hope of our love ones and soon a Paradise earth where all tears will be wiped away and death will be no more. Draw close to Jehovah in prayer, for he is the Hearer of Prayers.
Mrs. Edmonds
March 31, 2008
Dear family of Sgt. Hanson,
I pray the people of the United States of America honor each and every soldier from the depths of our hearts. My heart goes out to you, knowing his sacrifice of the most unselfish kind. Please know that so many of us really care and want you to know that it DOES matter and we hurt with you.
I work within our Veteran's services hospital and witness daily the sacrifices made by our men and women. I am beyond honored to serve them all in any way I can.
God Bless you and thank you, from my heart to yours.
Miki Peltier
March 29, 2008
Thank you for your service. To the family: so sorry for your loss.
Patti Murphy and Family
March 29, 2008
May God in heaven bring you comfort on the loss of your child. I am humbled by his sacrifice and will always remember his name even though I never met this young man.
Susan Allen
March 28, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your service.
Rebecca
March 28, 2008
To the Family and Loved Ones of Staff Sgt. Joshua Hanson:

May your memories comfort you during this very sad time. Know that others, strangers, are so proud of Joshua and so grateful to him for securing our country's freedom.

May God bless each of you and keep you in his bounty.
Sharon Greene
March 24, 2008
May you find peace in your memories. Thinking of your family.
Kelly Appel
March 24, 2008
To the family of Joshua Hanson, May God bless and keep you at this time of reflection and sorrow. My Dad served in WWII on the Battleship US South Dakota and taught his children (all 9) to have honor and respect for our men and women in the Armed Services. My prayers are with you and your family. Our nation can never repay the price, but only be sincerely grateful for this precious sacrifice.
Sue
March 21, 2008
Dear Family of Staff Sgt. Joshua Hanson,

Please know that we are praying for you.

Freedom depends on courageous men like Joshua. Men (and also women) who are willing to live out and uphold our shared conviction that freedom is worth fighting for, even dying for if necessary, to defend her.

Please accept my sincere sympathies on the death of your loved one, Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson. We will never forget him and the great sacrifice that he and your family have given to help preserve freedom for all.

God Bless and Keep you!
Charlotte Bzoskie
March 20, 2008
My family and I are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you. We have a 21 yr old son serving in Iraq at this time.
John
March 11, 2008
God Bless you for all you have done for our freedom. You are in God's arms.
S D
February 27, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss - May God comfort you and may your faith and family sustain you during this difficult time.
Keeping you in prayer,
Kimberly
Kimberly
February 25, 2008
JUST A NOTE TO TELL YOU. THAT AS A MOM WITH A BOY IN IRAQ. RIGHT NOW, FOR THE THIRD TIME.I STAND IN TOTAL RESPECT FOR YOUR SON AND HIS SERVICE ON OUR BEHALF AS A NATION. AND FAMILY. IT IS ABOUT DIGNITY, HONOR AND RESPECT. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL WHO MOURN.
BLUE STAR MOM
February 21, 2008
Me and my family appreciate so very much the sacrifice that Joshua and his family have made for our freedom. We have family in Iraq now and will have more family leaving in the near future. The price you have paid for us will never be taken for granted. Our prayers are with the Hanson family.
Julie Hessler
February 20, 2008
God bless you and be with you in this time of need
January 31, 2008
Americans -- and indeed the world -- must never forget the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make so that we may live in peace. Joshua was one of those brave souls. My sincere condolences to you in your hours of grief.
Bob Kay
January 30, 2008
So much love; strength, endurance, pain, happiness, sorrow, and most of all, sacrifice.

Although we have lost Joshua here on earth, the heavens are blessed! We were all connected, it is always sad to see a soldier pass on, you feel that loss no matter what.

Let's never forget, let's never let this memory die, so many have departed in the battle cry. All our hearts unite and stand here to fight, so that Joshua's purpose never dies.

You are all heroes! God Bless all of you, and the sacrifice you made.
Lisa Peters
January 30, 2008
I don't know you, but I thank you and appreciate your son's sacrifice for all Americans. I believe that as he gave his life, he will be granted a place in Heaven. You are in my prayers.
Mary Nelson
January 29, 2008
I am another who did not know your son, but I wish to express my deepest sympathy. A 'thank you' said to Joshua for his great sacrifice may seem quite empty on the surface, but it is said from the deepest part of my heart. I pray that you know God's peace.
Douglas Crawford
January 29, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson, may you find comfort with the Lord. Hang on to those wonderful memories of happy times when you were all together. God bless you and your family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifice.
Sandy
January 28, 2008
God bless and Thank you!
Laurie
January 11, 2008
Joshua's family: Thank you for the sacrifice your Son gave to this Country... There are few words to say except this.
angel starr
January 7, 2008
May the Lord be with you and give you peace in the time of mourning. Although I did not know your son, I feel compelled to offer my sympathies to the family members who knew and loved him. God Bless.
Kathi Booth
January 3, 2008
Please accept our gratitude for your son's service and sacrifice. Our hearts go out to you. We are also proud parents of two US Soldiers.
Germaine & Grant Beyl
January 1, 2008
We thank you
Debbie
December 31, 2007
May the lord be with you in this time of sorrow. I do not know you or your Son, however, he died protecting our Country (for which I am very grateful), therefore, in my eyes is a TRUE HERO!!! Love and God bless
Tracy J
December 26, 2007
Staff Sgt Joshua Hanson's family. I will keep your entire family in my prayers as you mourn your incredible loss. I pay tribute to Sgt.Hanson for his service. Thank you Joshua.....you gave all....
May God Bless all of you and provide you with the comfort and strength during this oh so difficult time.

Peace and prayers to a HERO & his family,
Jenny Edmonds
Jenny Edmonds
December 21, 2007
Thank you.
Yvette
December 17, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. The following is a poem that I received a long time ago
and may you find comfort from it:

To All Parents

"I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," He said.
For you to love, the while he lives and morn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over in My Search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to take him back again?
I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall bring the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him much sooner then we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand."

May your family remember all the laughter and memories.
Just another Parent
December 13, 2007
You have raised an honarable son, thankyou for him. God Bless you in your tears. I am another stranger who appreciates with all my heart his sacrafice and yours...
karen williams
December 4, 2007
Bob, Kathy, and Jake,
Another Christmas is upon us and you have only the empty chair and all your memories of Josh. We will keep his memory alive in our hearts, and hope that the support of family and friends helps you through this holiday season.
Gary and Karen Hanson
December 4, 2007
Presently, my husband is serving with the United States Army in Iraq. Joshua what a great name, Thank You for your honor as a soldier;Joshua is a hero.. God bless and keep the Hanson family during this time,and always
Barbara Williams-Washington
December 3, 2007
My sincere condolences to all the family members who are suffering from the loss of your related soldier who died for our freedom and protection. My heart reaches out to all of you. I only wish that these tragedies would never occur but when it comes to war there is always someone brave enough who steps up to do the unthinkable, sacrifice their life for their country.
Thank you so much for the ultimate sacrifice that he gave to protect all Americans living freely on the homefront. I will pray for you all that are grieving his loss so that eventually the painfully memory will subside to a coping level in time.
Thomas
November 30, 2007
We may not know each other, but I am honored by your sacrifice to protect us all. Thank you doesn't seem appropriate for laying down your life--but they are the only words I have.
Vicki
November 27, 2007
My deepest thoughts are with Joshua's family and friends.
My thank you to Joshua for giving himself to secure our freedom. I will continue to pray that we will find peace and we will not have to loose anymore of our sons, daughters and friends.
Kristine Riley
November 27, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the family, and deepest thanks to Staff Sgt. Hanson, for his great sacrifice for his country.
You are all in my prayers.

Susan Huffman
Cottage Grove, MN
November 24, 2007
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