Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Final Song for Sarge Charlie

Yesterday in Lake Worth, Florida a good man was laid to his final rest with the military honors that he so richly deserved - a full Color Guard, a real bugler to play taps, and lots of friends and family there to pay their final respects and tribute to a man who called it like he saw it, didn't back down from his convictions and beliefs, and adored his wife of 44 years with a love for the ages.

Sarge Charlie had been a force in the Blogosphere for quite some time and he posted as he lived putting his patriotic beliefs and opinions out there for all the world to see. Not everyone agreed with his thoughts and opinions - which was to be expected - but even if you didn't, you had to respect him for standing his ground.  I know I sure did.

As a young man, Charlie enlisted in the United States Army and dedicated the next 26 years of his life to his country.  He served proudly and spoke often of his time in the military on his blog.  As it turns out, Sarge and my Dad both served in Vietnam at the same time and as such, they were both exposed to Agent Orange at the same time.  The insidious nature of the chemicals that they were both exposed to eventually took their toll on both men - taking my father way too young in February of 2003 after his own long and courageous battle against the cancer for which there is no cure - and claiming Sarge Charlie last Sunday, January 29th.

Both my Dad, the Air Force veteran, and Charlie, the Army veteran, fought hard to stay with the women that they loved unconditionally - neither one willing to give up a single minute of their time left on earth - but some battles just can't be won it seems and death eventually had its victory taking them away long before anyone was willing to let them go.  

We've had almost nine years to try to get used to my Dad being gone but I get the distinct feeling that not a day goes by that my Mom doesn't miss him just as much as she did that wretched February day in 2003.  Miss Bee hasn't even had nine days yet to get used to the fact that Sarge is no longer in the next room and my heart goes out to her knowing the rough road that lies ahead as she tries to adjust to being the remaining half of a whole.

That said, I don't for a minute believe that love dies or disappears with a final heartbeat or the closing of a casket. I believe that it lives on and always will as those who have loved us in life, continue to love us in death. As the song says,
"There are more than angels watching
Over me ... I believe ... ohh, I believe."
I'm sure that Miss Bee believes just like I'm sure that my Mom believes and maybe - just maybe - that helps them get through each day just a tiny bit easier.

18 comments:

  1. May He rest in Peace as well your Dad.I worked with a Viet Nam Vet and an angent orange victim as well when I was a corrections Officer.nice tribute to the Good Sarge. I lost my Dad back in 1984,he was a WW2 Vet.My Dad loved my Mom just as fiersely as the sarge loved his Miss Bee and as did your Dad love your mom.it seems that the melitary service brings that out in us men.

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  2. I didn't think I could cry anymore, but I was sure wrong...This is such a beautiful witness to the man, husband and father that was Sarge.
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  3. Oh, Linda, that was just lovely. Absolutely beautiful.

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  4. linda this is the most amazing thing. thank you so much. and it is the first time i have cried. i simply couldn't before and this made me just boo hoo all over the place. exactly what i needed and i am totally stealing this. i know you won't mind. thank you...

    hugs forever, bee
    xoxoxooxoxoxoxox

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  5. Absolutely awesome-awesome!!! Such a lovely tribute to our friend Sarge. I did give your love and hugs to Bee and the family yesterday. Sending you hugs back...

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  6. This is a beautiful tribute, Linda. So well written.

    I just read how much it meant to Bee. You are a wonderful friend.

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  7. Tell Miss Bee I'm sorry for her loss and you too.

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  8. Wow, the video is fantastic. I remember several of those photos from your blog and Bee's. I commented before I had watched it.

    And the song is beautiful; never heard it before.

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  9. Beautiful tribute, Linda!
    I watched it with my girls and I cried. I explained to them who "Sarge" and "Ms Bee" were and how I "knew" them. They didn't quite understand why I knew them and they didn't. It's an odd place, this blogosphere. We have family who our "Family" doesn't even know.

    My heart goes out to the family of Sarge, and most especially Ms Bee. They have meant so much to me through out the years and their little nuggets of wisdom I will cling to through out my life!

    Thank you for posting this awesome tribute to such a wonderful man, Ms Linda!

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  10. The video made me smile. I just love that man!

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  11. Linda, I hadn't blogged for a little while due to the work difficulties at home. I was truly shocked to hear that Sarge Charlie had passed away. Bee is a blogfriend of mine as well. Thje video tribute was beautiful.

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  12. Lovely lovely idea Linda, great way to share some lovely photographs and memories of the Sarge.

    I agree with Tish, about the odd place that the Blogosphere is, but a lovely oddness.

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  13. Very touching. Well done.

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  14. Excellent Linda. We just got home a couple of hours ago and I've still not stopped crying. I've reposted this video (tribute) for tomorrows post. I know you won't mind me using your wonderful video. I gave you credit of course. Bless you for doing this. Hugs. :)

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  15. What a wonderful thing to do, Linda. This video will touch all who see it. Well done. And to see that it meant so much to Miss Bee......

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  16. Wonderful tribute to Sarge Linda, I think he'd be pleased. x

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  17. After seeing all his pictures and reading all about him, I feel like I knew Sarge as well. He certainly did live life to the fullest and it's no wonder he was loved by so many. Such a heartwarming tribute, dear Linda...gone but never forgotten. xoxo

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  18. Sarge was one of a kind. There's a big hole in the blogosphere right now. Kisses to Miss Bee.

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