Veteran Kennie Namba, a guest speaker, greets attendees
you for creating such a beautiful event. It was an honor
to be in the same room with such distinguished guests and
heros. Attending also gave me the opportunity to share with
my young teenage daughter how precious our freedom is, how
vulnerable our freedom has been and still is, and why it
is so important to remember and honor those who have given
so much to give us freedom. My son is a U.S. Marine stationed
at 29 Palms and recently returned from 9 months in Iraq.
I am just now experiencing the true meaning of freedom and
the cost of it. Once again, thank you for such a heartfelt
can say in all [the time I served] and now as a life member
of the VFW and American Legion, I have never, ever been
so moved by the ceremony as was put on by your group. It
brought tears to my eyes and let loose many deep emotions.
No one has ever said "thank you" to me through all those
years. Most people don't want to even talk about it; so
it is just taken for granted. I will never forget the event
that day. It truly was the finest put together presentation
I have ever seen. Thank you! Thank you! - Semper Fi -"
a wonderfully uplifting, inspiring convicting, memorable
program you produced. It was over and beyond anything I
could have imagined it being. You did an absolutely magnificent
job! We were greatly blessed and felt privileged to be a
part of the celebration. You have our love and great admiration.
Guest Gus Smoorenburg of the Dutch Resistance during
WWII, poses with two daughters of Sojourn band members.
to all the musicians and all who made this ceremony so meaningful."
you so much for all you did to honor the Vets. Kids nowadays
don't seem to understand what freedom is all about and how
very much we owe to those who gave so much of themselves
for our freedom. Our kids' grandfathers (on both sides)
are WWII Vets. We were able to talk to the kids about how
very important it is to honor the Veterans who did so much
for us and to remind them of what heroes their grandpa's
are. Everyone in Sojourn was fabulous and I know that many
people did so much to make it possible. Thanks to all!"
just wanted to tell you how much my family and me enjoyed
the event, and what a great job you did! It was awesome!
It was very moving and made everyone proud to be an American!"
the minute we arrived, and were helped out of our car, to
the escort inside, and seeing all the uniforms and pictures
framed and beautifully presented, and loads and loads of
volunteer helpers, we knew we'd be in for a treat. The orchestra
was quite something. We loved the video presentation, and
the Amazing Grace accompanied by all the statistics
of war was very moving. The music for each branch of the
services was a feast for our ears and eyes, and a very emotional
time I am sure for all. The children couldn't believe the
amount of graves shown during the very haunting song. Right
now I just want to thank you all for making all those veterans
know that there are many, many people thankful for their
sacrifice and duty! What you did was from your heart, and
that is what matters."
Guarnere, Irene Malarkey, Don Malarkey, and Buck Compton.
for allowing me to participate in the choir. As I've said
in my own emails to friends and family, it was one of the
most rewarding singing-related events for which I've ever
been a part."
done. Well done! The orchestra was really great! The choir
was impressive! Your band sounded so polished! You sing
with such passion! Most of all, my attention was drawn to
the veterans. They were honored and thanked. It was great
to be reminded of how precious our freedom is. Thank you
for being so faithful in following God's call. "
whole undertaking [has] shown not only myself, but this
community, what can be done without huge committees or massive
budgets. Thank you for thinking of our veterans and having
the commitment to not only show them how you feel, but in
a manner they deserve. That goes to the whole Sojourn team."
think the event was FANTASTIC! and it wouldn't have bothered
me if it had lasted a few more hours. You are to be complimented
for the wonderful job you did to put on such a great and
needed event. Thanking the Veterans is greatly needed and
was really touched by the fine presentation you guys made
of the whole event! Several times I was moved to tears.
When you have the video ready, I want to buy one, because
my little granddaughter will be completely innocent of most
of the content of the program you presented. I think it
will be valuable for her to learn of the struggle required
for our country to remain free as it is."