Our Fallen 

Never Forget

​​​​Never!​

David Sonka Casket

David Sonka Grave Stone

Peter J. Clore Casket

David Sonka Casket

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We remember our fallen: two-legged and four-legged.

We are mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice.
                Please focus on the empty dog crate and the small table which occupy a place of dignity and honor.  They are here to remind us of our fallen comrades who are unable to be with us today.
                The table is set for one, yet there are many represented by the single chair.  The table cloth is black, symbolizing the color of mourning; the ultimate sacrifice, a table set in honor of our fallen comrades.  The dinner setting inverted, for they dine with us in spirit only.  The bread plate is covered in salt, symbolizing the tears endured by the families of those who have sacrificed all.  The single lighted candle symbolizes the eternal flame and that their memory will live with us forever.  The red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of our fallen and the family and friends who miss them each and every day.  The red ribbon tied prominently on the vase is a reminder of the blood they shed protecting the liberty so loved by our country.  The Purple Heart Medal is displayed to reflect the infliction of wounds and the ebb of life in battle.  The dog tags are blank, yet they could bear the name of service men and women of every creed and color, and from every state of the union.  An inverted wine glass represents the toast they cannot make with us this day.  The chair is empty, for they can sit with us no longer.  The leash on the back of the chair symbolizes the everlasting, eternal bond between dog and handler.  The empty kennel represents the life that our four-legged comrades gave in service to our country.  The kennel door is left open, indicating that the dog will not be returning.  The long line and collar on top of the kennel mean that no matter where they are; the dog is always attached to their handler’s soul.  The toy represents the unconditional love, joy, and companionship they gave . . . especially during the long, lonely months spent away from home.  The inverted food bowl and water bucket serve as a reminder that they are no longer here to fulfill their needs, for which in life they asked for no more in return than companionship and affection.

                Lest we forget.

Cpl. David Michael Sonka, US Marine Corps, KIA May 4th, 2013 with MPC Flex

Sgt. Joshua Ashley, US Marine Corps, KIA 19 July, 2012

Sgt. Aaron Blasjo, US Army, KIA 29 May 2011

MA2 Sean Brazas, US Navy, KIA 30 May, 2012

Sgt. Adam L. Cann, US Marine Corps, KIA 5 January 2006

Sgt. Brian M. Carragher, US Air Force, Killed 18 September, 2010

Lance Cpl. Peter J. Clore, US Marine Corps, KIA 28 May, 2011

Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey, US Marine Corps, KIA 24 May, 2012

Sgt. Zainah C. Creamer, US Army, KIA 12 January 2011

LCpl William H. Crouse IV, US Marine Corps, KIA 21 December 2010

SSgt Christopher Diaz, US Marine Corps, KIA 28 September 2011

Cpl Max W. Donahue, US Marine Corps, KIA 6 August 2010

MA1 John Douangdara, US Navy, KIA 6 August 2011

SSgt Raphael A. Futrell, US Army, Died 25 March 2009

LtCol Daniel E. Holland, DVM, US Army, KIA 18 May 2006

SSgt James R. Ide V, US Army, KIA 29 August 2010

Airman Martin Kristiansen, Royal Danish Army, KIA 13 June 2010

Sgt Dick A. Lee Jr., US Army, KIA 26 April 2012

Cpl Dustin J. Lee, US Marine Corps, KIA 21 March 2007

TSgt Jason L. Norton, US Air Force, KIA 22 January 2006

SFC Gregory A. Rodriguez, US Army, KIA 2 September 2008

LCpl Kenneth M. Rowe, Royal Army UK, KIA 24 July 2008

PFC Colton W. Rusk, US Marine Corps, KIA 6 December 2010

Sapper Darren Smith, Royal Australian Army, KIA 7 June 2010

Cpl Jeffrey R. Standfest, US Marine Corps, KIA 16 June 2010

Spc Brandon K. Steffey, US Army, KIA 25 October 2009

SSgt Donald T. Tabb, US Army, KIA 5 February 2008

LCpl Abraham Tarwoe, US Marine Corps, KIA 12 April 2012

LCpl Liam R. Tasker, Royal Army UK, KIA 1 March 2011

Cpl Kory D. Wiens, US Army, KIA 6 July 2007

Sgt Christopher M. Wrinkle, US Marine Corps, Died 31 July 2011

Rockies Game David Sonka Honored
Channel 7 David Sonka Report

Military Working Dogs Killed/Missing in Action

 

MWD Marco, US Air Force, 20 January 2007
MWD Cooper, US Army, 6 July 2007
MWD Arras, US Air Force, 25 September 2007
EDD Razz, Royal Army Australia, 4 October 2007
RAVC-E Sasha, Royal Army UK, 24 July 2008
MWD Toby, US Navy, 26 November 2008
MWD Macy, US Army, 25 October 2009
IDD Rupert, US Marine Corps, 24 May 2010
MWD Tar, US Marines, 6 May 2010
RAAF/CER-E Herbie, Royal Army Australia, 7 June 2010
MWD Loke, Royal Danish Army, 13 June 2010
IDD Lydia, US Marine Corps, 29 August 2010
MWD Grief, US Marine Corps, 9 October 2010
IDD Cole, US Marine Corps, 15 October 2010
IDD Bingo, US Marine Corps, 25 November 2010
IDD Cane, US Marine Corps, 21 December 2010
RAVC-E Theo, Royal Army UK, 1 March 2011
MWD Patrick, US Marine Corps, 9 May 2011
MWD Hunter, US Army, 29 May 2011
MWD Torry, US Marine Corps, 1 June 2011
MWD Tosca, US Marine Corps, 31 July 2011
MWD Bart, US Navy, 6 August 2011
IDD Archie, US Marine Corps, 9 August 2011
IDD Sugar, US Marine Corps, 28 November 2011
MWD Fibi, US Army, 26 April 2012
IDD Tick, US Marine Corps, 14 May 2012
MWD Zora, US Marine Corps, 16 July 2012
SO/MWD Quake, Royal Australian Air Force, 25 June 2012
SO/MWD Devil, Royal Australian Air Force, 2 July 2012
IDD Heron, US Army, 27 August 2012
MWD Dinomt, US Navy, 30 September 2012
IDD Banon, US Army, 1 November 2012