Lorain’s Sons of Sacrifice- Iraq and Afghanistan – The Proud

April 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm 4 comments

Who I am- Freedom Speaks - art work Christopher Ritchey

And I believe we need heroes, I believe we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by. Richard Attenborough

They are the sons of Lorain, these young men who went to war – asked no favor expected no quarter. They may or may not have known one another, as they attended school, participated in sports, music, drama or walked in the sunshine over looking Lorain’s blue Lake Erie, looked out upon her lighthouse, played catch with dads, sat at the dinner table waiting for mom’s cooking, laughed and loved but they were brothers .

A brotherhood, born of a desire to keep free from harm and terror the rest of us who can still enjoy those life giving waters of Lake Erie , sunshine still caressing the flag of their country. The off shore breezes help her to speak proudly and call to us we need to listen and remember . These young men have joined their brothers of so many wars, through the decades, who answered the flag’s call of freedom.

Proud in heart and proud of the spirit of freedom these brave young men – sons of Lorain- who gave everything it was possible for them to give.

A mother and father’s pride as they held their new-born son at his birth, the indescribable happiness as tiny swollen eyes struggled to open and saw the light for the first time , tiny fingers holding on , reaching and hearing a familiar heart beat at their mother’s breast. A dad, taking this tiny bundle into his oh! so big hands, hands that will throw a football, base-ball , maybe even chastise, hands that felt too big and awkward to hold this tiny little being who is his son. A mother’s heart will break and a father’s hands will tremble as they learn of their son’s ultimate sacrifice- for them and for us- the pain mixed with a pride of that tiny child who became a man – a hero .

Lorain, has 4 young men who have given in the Iraq and Afghanistan War- a war started by “terror” that has brought terror to these shores.


Army 1st Sgt. Bruce Horner – Son of Ed and Betty Horner
Died June 1, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Support Command, Fliegerhorst, Germany; died in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire.


Airman 1st Class Eric Barnes – Son of Tom and Shary Barnes
Died June 10, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; died as result of an improvised explosive device attack on an Air Force convoy about 100 miles south of Baghdad.


Marine Lance Corporal David Hall son of Delmar and Lulu Hall
Died August 31, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 31 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.


Marine Lance Corporal Joseph “Ryan” Giese son of Larry Giese and Connie Wascovich
Died January 7, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 7 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.

photo Mark Teleha

We cannot give back the happiness to those that have lost their son, husband, brother, grandchild, nephew but we can show how proud we are of these Sons of Lorain. The area known as Settlers’ Watch http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=390 has a tribute carving to Airman First Class Eric Barnes , it is the center piece of the green space. Diagonally across the large lot is another tribute space https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/trials-and-tribulations-of-a-flag-unfurled-admiral-king-tribute-site/ that of Lorain’s Fleet Admiral Ernest J King.

Through the Black Walnut trees and brush of the green space joining Settlers’ Watch and the Admiral King Tribute site, one who walks there, will find glimpses of a lake that mirrors the colors of the Flag of the United States of America.

Lake Erie’s blue sparkling waters kissed with light, the roar of anger as the winds of war whipped about us- the crashing of white capped waves as we fight for our way of life and the red glow of a lake sunset reflected upon a calm that peace can bring.

A flag still flying, given her voice once more by the wind of pride, beckons us to remember those that walked the path of war.

Design by Christopher Ritchey

http://www.usflag.org/colors.html The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness and valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.

The Eric Barnes’ – Walk of Heroes will pay honor and show our “pride” remembering those young men . Along the walkway a tribute space, personal to each son , a place for giving thanks from those that have benefitted from their ultimate gift- their young lives- their bravery , their love of country. And a reminder to those who can still enjoy a game of catch, a sunrise, a child’s cry, as they are born into freedom, by a shimmering lake -a place to look out upon the lake of the colours of freedom. A lake, who at times can be grey with the color of mourning, kisses the shores and gives thanks in her own way.

Contributions to the Eric Barnes’- Walk of Heroes can be made to
Charleston Village Society
1127 West 4th Street
Lorain, Oh 44052
for further information on the project please contact cvsilor@yahoo.com or phone 440-246-6046

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aka mozart  |  April 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    So often when I read these type of blogs…. I find myself speehless and saddend. I think perhaps…there really is nothing that is can be said…. so again ..i can only sigh….and be thankful for my very ordinary and uniteresting life..

  • 2. gramster1  |  April 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    The men and women who have chosen to serve thoughout history to preserve our freedoms deserve ALL the honor we can bestow upon them. Rest in peace, thanks for protecting us.

  • 3. aka mozart  |  April 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I remember when my mom’s two “lady friends” lost their sons in VietNam..Nagy and Ralich…..
    I remember when my friend came home from Nam..years later they found him hung in his garage, next to the brand New Harley that he just bought.
    Either way, wars kill…during, and after…lives are never the same for anyone on any side of any loss……

    I often asked myself…if I would ever have the courage to fight in a war….I have still not been able to answer that question…..as brave as i think i might be…..I have my doubts…
    For those who have heard the calling…I thank them for BEING what I myself can not even simply answer.

  • 4. aka mozart  |  April 30, 2012 at 1:59 am

    She was preceded in death by her husband: Rudy in 1991, a daughter: Saundra Ralich, her son: Ronald who died while serving with the United States Marine Corps during the Viet Nam Conflict in 1966…
    ~~~~
    At about 1400, some 2-1/2 hours after the contact began, a relief force fought its way to the Delta perimeter. By that time LTC Allen and everyone in the Battalion Command Group was dead, Alpha was destroyed, and Delta was more than decimated.

    The fight at Ong Thanh resulted in the loss of at least 60 Americans – 55 killed in the action, 2 missing, and 3 who would die of their wounds. The VC left 163 bodies on the battlefield. The American dead were D Co, 2nd Bn, 28th Infantry PFC Robert J. Nagy, Lorain, OH
    ~~~~~~~
    James Bellush
    In Loving Memory Of
    My Brother
    JAMES BELLUSH
    Who Passed Away
    May 23, 1998
    We rode a lot of miles together,
    And so many more to go.
    I’ll see you in the wind, Jimmy.

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