Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day and what it means to me.

Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.- Romans 13:7

Memorial Day has been a time to kick off some pre summer celebrations. A time for you to dust off the old BBQ, head out to a community social, and tick down the days till summer. I like any other person enjoy that just as much, but for me it's more about remembrance and self sacrifice. 

This handsome fellow is my cousin SPC Russell Shane Hercules Jr. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country on October 1st 2009. I never met someone that was so brave, so honest, and so giving in my life. He was a honorable man and left some mighty footsteps to fill! Russell died just 3 months after seeing his newborn baby son Christopher. 

This is a picture during Russell's R&R of him holding Christopher for the first time since he was born. Russell's main prospect in life was to be a father and to have a family of his own. I thank God everyday that he was blessed to see and hug and hold that precious baby. Although Russell's life was cut way too short he left behind a lineage for us to take on. Because of Russell and other men and woman like him we are granted the luxury of doing this everyday for ourselves. With self sacrifices like this we are able to BBQ and spend this weekend with our family's. As a member of the military myself I only ask that you don't take this weekend for granted. Love your family and every moment that you spend with them. I want you to live the life that Russell and so many other brave me and woman aren't able to have. I want you to sit and say a silent prayer for Russell and families like ours. I want you to be THANKFUL for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice and spread the knowledge that this is what Memorial Day is about! 
I want to say a personal thank you to all those that gave their lives. To those that are away from their families right now to defend our country. Without you we wouldn't be able to have the life that we do.. THANK YOU!

I LOVE YOU FOREVER Bubba! Keep watchin out for my 6! 

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends". - John 15:13

Pin It Now!


  1. What a beautiful post that brought tears to my eyes. Your cousin Russell is a true hero indeed and every one of us should be thankful for the sacrifice he and so many others have made. Thank you for your service.

    1. Thank You So much Betsy.. I hope you and your family are having a blessed weekend!!

  2. Jamie you did a great job on this blog. I could not have said it better myself. I love you Uncle Terry

  3. We can Never say THANK YOU to you All enough!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!

    I jsut sent you a FB message.


  4. Great job. Baby girl. Love mom