Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memoriam

James Alexander Inglis, Sr.

In honor of the father of my children
who bravely served in Vietnam,
receiving the Purple Heart
after being wounded in battle.

Jim returned home safely from war,
but passed at the young age of thirty-six
of lung cancer brought on by the
effects of Agent Orange.

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for your country
and for giving me two beautiful children.
We love you and miss you everyday.

As the daughter of a WWII and Korean War veteran,
sister to a Vietnam veteran,
granddaughter to a WWI veteran,
great-granddaughter to all my
ancestor grandfathers who have
fought for our freedom
since they came to this country in 1607,
and aunt to a niece and nephew who
are currently serving

I want to thank all those who have
and all those who continue
to serve our country.

On this Memorial Day,
the day we have set aside to
honor those who made
the ultimate sacrifice
by giving their lives,
to each of them
and to their families.
I want to give a special thanks
for providing freedom and safety in our lives.

Rest In Peace

17 Thoughtful Comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a sweet memoriam! I am so sad at the loss of this man at such a young age. Blessings to you and your children as you remember him today! Hugs, Linda

Leo said...

What a beautiful post. I am so appreciative for everyone who has served our country. We would not have the freedom today if were not for those brave men and women. What a tragedy about your husband and this was such a nice way to remember him. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day.

p.s. you wedding dress was fabulous - you were a hot bride!!!

Unknown said...

Very sweet post... I loved the photo of him holding the baby... the look on his face... he was so handsome.

Beach House Living said...

I am speechless. A lovely tribute.

RottenMom said...

What a beautiful post. I had no idea that you lost your husband at such a young age. I am so sorry for you and your children.

What a gorgeous couple you two made.

Love you and thinking about you, especially today. XO

Shelllady said...

Many Blessings to you and your well as a thank you to you for giving so much for us all!! We all salute YOU!!

Beautiful Post!!

gpc said...

Amen. My special thoughts and thanks to you, too, for your sacrifice in keeping all of us safe and free.

Della said...

I am so sorry for your loss, and eternally grateful to your husband, and your family for the huge sacrifice he made.

He was quite a looker! and You are an Amazing, beautiful lady!

Much love to you.

beachcomber said...

a very touching sorry for your loss! your family has sacrificed so much. you have some beautiful memories of your lovely man.
cheryl xxx

CHERI said...

Oh, Rhonda...I didn't know!!! This is such a beautiful tribute...I'm sure there were both good and sad memories while writing it. You definitely made a beautiful bride. To lose such a young husband...I can only imagine how difficult that was. I very much appreciate those who serve and have served our country, especially those who were wounded or died in combat. Too many young lives are lost due to countries not being able to get along. I am so very sorry for your loss...hope the sweet memories will always lift you up.

rjerdee said...

Oh, Rhonda! I had no idea!
I went to bed last night in tears over the PBS piece about the slaughter of young men at Outpost Harry in Korea...1953. Words...none.
I'm so sorry about your husband and all the others you've loved and lost. Must have been a difficult day for it must be every year.
Beautiful post.
Becky (in case google takes me to anonymous)

Completely Coastal said...

A wonderful tribute, Rhonda!! I can't imagine how it must all feel like.

jmac said...

I salute our men and women. And I am LOVING your old pics..hahahahaha....I started to say 'vintage' pics!!! hahahahhahaha......LOVE the wedding pic!!!

michelle said...

What a wonderful post. I am so sorry that your husband passed so early on but I am forever grateful for his and all the other men and women who proudly served and protected this nation. I love your photos, your wedding picture is beautiful.
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend my dear.

Kathleen said...

How sad, so young. God bless him for his service and forgive the people who treated the Vietnam vets so badly when they came home.
My friend is a Marine General who served then, as a LT and he says he will never forget how they were treated.
God bless all those who served and died, and God bless you for your lovely memorial.

Lorraine said...

What a touching tribute.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda - I am deeply moved. Thank you for the privilege of being let in to share your cherished memory. You and your family have sacrificed much, and for this I am deeply grateful.

I can also imagine the painful period of having your young husband away and his return couldn't have been easy either.

But all these things have shaped you into the fine woman you are today.

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