In Loving Memory of...Brian Sean Norman
Born: June 30, 1975...US Marine...At Rest: April 14, 2009
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I've found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah, yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now;
He set me free.
Schaumburg, IL, 4/17/09, staging 5:30pm
Arriving Guard members begin to gather and greet/introduce each other.
A beautiful patch made by a woman in appreciate of what the PGR do...and sent to this member.
Mom provides some basic info to some of the newbies.
Explanations of how we will line up.
We're instructed to line bikes up from the temp location to the other side along the fence.
Those bikes with large flags attached, are requested to line up at the front of the area.
I'm honored to have my little (750) bike in the line up (second from right).
Bikes park along the fence.
Brian's Uncle (right, in the suit) is also a PGR who request PGR presence.
We hear details about who Brian was, his life, his service to our country and the service of many other
members of his family to our country.
Brian's family comes to thank us for our attendance. L/R...Brian's uncle, I believe his brother, his parents,
and Brian's wife.
Standing in honor of Brian Sean Norman, US Marine.
Unfortunately, I had to leave, as mom (89 yr old stroke victim) was getting nervous with me away. So after a couple hours, I departed, with about an hour ride home ahead of me.
Before I left...I grabbed one last shot of the honor guard at the funeral home.
As I hugged Brian's wife yesterday, she cried, but also said into my ear "thank you all for being here"...I told her it was our honor. She then said "please make sure they all know how much we appreciate everyone being here!" I promised her I would.
So for all who stood for Brian yesterday, know that your presence was VERY MUCH appreciated and deeply touched the hearts of his wife and family.
Sincere condolences to Brian's wife and family. May time bring you peace as you remember all that Brian brought into your lives. America thanks Brian for his service to our country!
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