repost---Service is the foundation of life.---Brian Bradshaw 1st Lt. U.S. Army

10/30/2015

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Service is the foundation of life. Without service, our life’s have the same impact and meaning as a stick lying on the ground. No one remembers the sticks stepped on in the woods, but everyone remembers the flowers they see and smell in the meadow. If we serve and work throughout our life we will be like the flower that everyone remembers and always comes back. In our memory many more, especially those that we touched during our life will carry on the legacy of service, thus we had a positive impact on others and life had meaning. The whole meaning of life is to pass on to others that which we value most and what I value is service and throughout the rest of my life I will serve the community of my brethren to the best of my ability.�

Brian Bradshaw 2002

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http://www.fallenheroesproject.org/united-states/brian-n-bradshaw/

Brian N Bradshaw

STEILACOOM, WA, US U. S. Army 1LT, CO C, 1ST BN, 501ST PIR, 4TH AB BCT, FT RICHARDSON, ALASKA 06/25/2009, PAKTIKA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

1st Lieutenant Brian N. Bradshaw of Steilacoom, Washington died Thursday, June 25, 2009 in Kheyl, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. He and his unit were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lieutenant Bradshaw was twenty-four years old.

During a night landing not often done, Georgia National Guardsmen flew Brian out on their C-130 after a silent service as Brian’s entire unit transferred Brian into the care of the air crew. Aircraft power was turned off and the air crew participated in Brian’s company formation. In order to honor the silence and darkness of Brian’s farewell transfer, operation of the aircraft’s power was shut down. Shutting down aircraft power is not done in order to ensure both safety and aircraft performance. The silence and darkness was lit only minimally to where Brian would be placed within the aircraft. “That’s my platoon leader, please take care of him.” These were the tear-filled send-off words from one of his soldiers to the air crew who carried Brian away from Bagram.

First Lieutenant Brian Bradshaw left this earth on the same day as Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Amid the media flurry, and in Brian’s world of the soldier and family, his world will remember Brian’s words penned in 2002 which will carve many memories. Brian said:

“Service is the foundation of life. Without service, our lives have the same impact and meaning as a stick lying on the ground. No one remembers the sticks stepped on in the woods, but everyone remembers the flowers they see and smell in the meadow. If we serve and work throughout our life we will be like the flower that everyone remembers and always comes back. In our memory many more, especially those that we touched during our life will carry on the legacy of service, thus we had a positive impact on others and life had meaning. The whole meaning of life is to pass on to others that which we value most and what I value is service and throughout the rest of my life I will serve the community of my brethren to the best of my ability.”?

Brian’s portrait is also on Poster 12

I have chosen to continue to pray for your family, since 1st Lt Brian Bradshaw’s aunt appeared on CBS Sunday Morning almost 4 years ago. Something about the love for Brian spoke to me as an AOnmerican. I had never understood why our soldiers and their families’ sacrifices and service have never been taken to heart by our media and our society. So each year I remember him on FB on 6/25. I am very grateful for soldiers, for Brian’s service and for your family’s sacrifice. Be it family by blood or military family. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers and I will remember.

http://www.bouhammer.com/2009/06/great-words-from-1lt-brian-bradshaw/

I wrote a post on Saturday titled “Someone More Important than Michael Jackson Died� which has turned into an extremely popular posting based on the website traffic I am seeing. I have had many family and friends of Brian Bradshaw leave comments to that posting for which I am humbled and grateful.

I did not know Brian and for that I am sorry. But I wrote that he was someone more important because of the sacrifice he had made. Of course it is not just Brian, but every single American that has laid their life down in sacrifice to this country. It just happened that Brian left this earth on the same day as Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

I didn’t know Brian but through the comments on that blog post I have gotten to know him better. One of those comments was from Brian’s parents where they posted a quote from this mighty young man and warrior. I didn’t want this very insightful quote to be lost so I am re-posting it here for all to see, because I think all of you need to. His words speak volumes and exemplifies the character of not only Brian but also thousands of Great Americans that are, have or are supporting those who serve this country every single day.

Service is the foundation of life. Without service, our life’s have the same impact and meaning as a stick lying on the ground. No one remembers the sticks stepped on in the woods, but everyone remembers the flowers they see and smell in the meadow. If we serve and work throughout our life we will be like the flower that everyone remembers and always comes back. In our memory many more, especially those that we touched during our life will carry on the legacy of service, thus we had a positive impact on others and life had meaning. The whole meaning of life is to pass on to others that which we value most and what I value is service and throughout the rest of my life I will serve the community of my brethren to the best of my ability.� Brian Bradshaw 2002

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Service is the foundation of life.
Without service,
our lives have the same impact and meaning
as a stick lying on the ground.
No one remembers the sticks stepped on in the woods,
but everyone remembers the flowers they
see and smell in the meadow.
If we serve and work throughout our life
we will be like the flower that everyone remembers
and always comes back.
In our memory many more,
especially those that we touched
during our life will carry on the legacy of service,
thus we had a positive impact on others
and life had meaning.
The whole meaning of life is to pass on to others
that which we value most
and what I value is service and
throughout the rest of my life
I will serve the community of my brethren
to the best of my ability.

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Brian Bradshaw 2002

An essay written in 2002, by 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw, Bowe Bergdahl's Platoon Commander, KIA, 5 days before BB's psychic break...

(I don't think BB can remember,
what in hell, he was thinking...)

I found the essay very moving
and one of the few brights spots in all the controversy...

I do know what it feels like,
to have a psychic break,
and the associative, congestive brain failure,
and cerebral charlehorses that go with it...

© 2015 3D Divine Deadbeat Dad---Alleged - 7/31/16


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