The Pain of War Continues…

This Memorial Day weekend has been particularly difficult for me. The memories of the loss of friends and people I served with as their pastor in Iraq have been brought to the forefront of my memories . Every bleeding and burnt body, every scream of the dieing, the cries of the families when they hear the devastating news serve as a painful reminder of the cost of war.

Memorial Day is about those who gave their all in service to this nation. We should also remember the sacrifices of their families.

I will avoid the politics of our current wars—as that will do nothing for those we memorialize this weekend. Our service members and their families deserve our respect and gratitude. (So, please, no “political” comments.)

The pain of the loss of those I personally knew and served as their pastor is especially difficult this year. My prayers are with their wonderful families. This may be a difficult time for those families and the veterans that have served along side the fallen. I will always remember their sacrifices and the sacrifices of all of my fallen brothers and sisters.

Perhaps you can help serve those who have served and the families of those how have given so much. There are many good organizations reaching out that could use your help. Gold Star Wives (, Gold Star Mothers ( , The USO (, The Wounded Warrior Project (, Project New Hope, VFW, are just a few of the many notable organizations that can make use of your time and talents.





About padredavidfell

Priest in the ICCEC. Retired Army Chaplain
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2 Responses to The Pain of War Continues…

  1. Charlene Smith says:

    Fr. David, My heart aches for the chaplains (past and present) who stand WITH our troops as they experience the hell of war. The pain is so deeply etched into each one of them and yet, the men and women called of God to serve Him by serving them heroically take the hundreds into their hearts. You guys are absolutely amazing.
    When I was growing up my Dad was stationed for a while at the Pentagon. We were fortunate enough to be able to visit the Smithsonian many times. One particularly striking memory is of a life-sized World War II diorama of a chaplain giving his life vest to a sailor in order to preserve the sailor’s life. It was a known factor going in that it would be at the cost of his own. I remember staring and staring and not understanding how someone could do that. The call of God is how. Thank you, for your personal sacrifices and your open heart that has ministered to so many. God bless you richly.

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