After They Are Gone

When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.

Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

Let's draw together to recuperate,
As we go through this period of sorrow;
Let's help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow.

By Joanna Fuchs

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Edward "Horsehead" Smith

A man is not dead until he is forgotten. Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.

Marine 1st Sgt Smith was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, California. Smith was wounded while engaged with enemy forces in central Iraq on April 4 and died the following day. Edward was known in his family as a jokester, a serene force, a protector and an adviser. His middle child, said at a news conference that his father was always there for him when he needed help. "It made me feel so good. He was the best dad you could ever have," the 10-year-old said. "I miss him a lot. He would come out of the bathroom singing a dorky song". When Edward died, he left behind two grieving families; a wife and three children and the Anaheim police force. He worked four years as a reserve officer for the police department, where his co-workers considered him a true gentleman and a professional. Edward had wanted to retire from the Marines and become a full-time police officer but military retirements had been frozen because of the impending conflict. He kept in contact with his peers at the Anaheim Police Department by e-mail and sent makeshift postcards constructed from empty MRE containers. In one of them, now hung on a police department bulletin board, he promised to wear his Anaheim SWAT cap into Baghdad.

1SGT Edward Smith
BIRTH 2 Nov 1964
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA

DEATH 5 Apr 2003 (aged 38)
Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
PLOT Section P, Site C-2

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