i've been sitting staring at the screen trying to come up with something to write...and i dont really have anything, so i decided i would steal what you wrote to me...you were always the better writer anyways
"...I look forward to the days we will have together, like you say, the lazy Sunday mornings and whatnot. And I have my own ideas, too. I can't wait for you to pick a color of paint for the walls of our first place together, or how you'll call me on may way home to grab groceries for dinner..."
i'll miss the big things my love. our first home, our wedding, our babies, our anniversaries. but i think strangely, more than that, i'll miss all the lil things. the games of slug bug (which i ALWAYS won), the quiet conversations over bottles of wine, the way you look at me in the morning when im still half asleep, the colors of paint and phone calls for groceries like you said.
"...All I can ask is that you never stop loving me. Don't think for a second that I will stop loving you. Soon enough, we will have time together, and when it's done and I return to this place, it will be the last time I ever leave your side. You are everything to me, Lesley Graham. I wouldn't change a thing about you. Until next time...all my love"
you're right, i will never stop loving you and you will never leave my side. not because of the tattoo, but because you are forever in my heart. remember, i carry your heart, i carry it in my heart.
i was born to tell you i love you.
if i lay here, if i just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world no takebacks. ever. Close
A True Hero / Scot Draper (brother of Dave Draper )
Please accept our deepest sympathies. I knew Lane mostly through my younger brother, Dave. They had become great friends, with Dave respecting him greatly.
My brother is a very good judge of character, and I knew if Lane was a friend of his, then he was a man of honor and character. Before I moved to Charlotte, NC, I had met Lane several times, enough to know that he was truly a good guy. When my brother told me he had joined the Army after visiting Ground Zero, I remember thinking 'I'm not surprised' ... Lane was that type of man. The type of man that we need more of ... one of honor and courage. One that will stand that line to protect the rest of us and this great country. He was a Soldier.
I admire Lane. I am proud of him, and I will forever honor his sacrifice, and yours. His loss to you, his family, and to all of those that were fortunate to have been his friends, is immense.
Lane was a great, faithful friend, son and brother ... and a hero to the rest of us.
Lane, thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country ... and for being such a great and dear friend to my brother. Dave will miss you greatly.
Scot & Richelle Draper - brother of Dave Draper Close
My condolences to the family / Vicki Blake (None)
I didn't know Sgt. Tollet but I've been writing emails back and forth with a young man from our home state that served with him. I got an email the day after the attack before it was even made public asking me for my prayers for the family. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you since that day. I'm so sorry for your loss. I believe my "pen pal friend" Zach Frisby was near him during the attack. The United States and its citizens will never ever be able to tell your family thank you enough for the sacrifice of his life. God bless Sgt. Tollet and God bless America.
We miss you / Grant Cone (Friend)
We miss you so much over here. Ben and I have been getting together everyday between patrols and sometimes we dont even have anything to say to eachother. We'll just sit there in silence. Its not the same for us. Whenever I go to the chow hall I still do a double take at every bald guy I see. Hoping that it will be you. Everyone got sent out right when we found out you were in contact and then we found out that it was you who got hit and everything in my mind just stopped. The last time I saw you we just talked like it was a regular day and now your gone. When we all came over here we all new that we would be going home together. Now the homecoming wont be the same. We had your memorial in the theatre. The BC, CPT Dodd, Washington, Ben and the Chaplain spoke at it. You would have laughed at what Ben said. He told the story about when you wouldnt go golfing with us unless we shaved your back before Lesley got in. Low and behold you had a freshly shaven back after 18 holes. It made me think of when I would fart in your backswing and then you would untie my clubs so they would fall off the cart, but when Ben did it to you they started to go in the water. All we can do is tell stories and wait until the day when we see you again. We can see the pain in eachothers faces daily. Everything seems that much more empty over here without you. We dont have anything to do but go out into the city and do our job and think about everything. Ben and I will be going to see you back home when we get out of this shithole. We miss you so much Lane. We are better people for knowing you and you will be in my thoughts everyday for the rest of my life.
We will miss you forever / Karrie Wagner (friend)
It is so hard to have to say goodbye to someone so young and so full of life. My thoughts and prayers are with Lane's family and all of his friends. I was blessed to have known Lane, he was such a fun loving and caring person, and would do anything for you. I hope time will ease the pain, but I know I will miss him forever, I love you Lane and I will see you in Heaven! Close
I'm so sorry for your loss / Tami Nelson
To the family and friends of Lane, I am so sorry to hear about Lane passing, he is a true AMERICAN HERO and he gave his life for all of our freedoms. God Bless you all and God give you strength to move forward. I lost my only son PFC Andrew Nelson in Baghdad on Dec. 25th, 2006 and it has left a big hole in my heart. But I try to hold onto the fact that he loved what he was doing and he had wanted to be in the Army since he was a little boy. He died living his dream and serving his country. We will never forgot our boys and what they sacrificed. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" John 15:13 Please know that I'm thinking of you and send my condolences to you all. God Bless Close
True American Hero! / Misty (Sister of Fallen Marine Cpl. Rusty Washam )Read >>
True American Hero! / Misty (Sister of Fallen Marine Cpl. Rusty Washam )
The Fallen Written by Andrea Senter
They never thought when they left here their families they'd see no more No one dares to think about The high price of such a war.
If you asked them why they did it They'd say because it was right Someone has to stand up And someone has to fight
A world away they defend our cause, as we tuck our kids in bed. Some give all for all of us, And somewhere tears will be shed.
They do not ask for fame or fortune Just that we recognize We are here, free, today, Because the fallen have paid the price.
I am so sorry for you loss. I lost my brother Marine Cpl. Rusty Washam February 14, 2006 in Iraq by a suicide bomber he was only 21. People keep saying it will get easier as time goes by its been alittle over a year since we lost Rusty and it still feels like yesterday. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May God Bless you and help heal your Broken Hearts from this huge loss. My brother has a site to it is rusty-washam.memory-of.com
Deepest Sympathy / Beverly Duke (former co-worker of Marti's )Read >>
Deepest Sympathy / Beverly Duke (former co-worker of Marti's )
Marti, Years ago we worked together at UCFS. Even though I never really knew Lane, I remembered you and how proud of your sons you were. There is nothing anyone can say to heal your heart, but sometimes saying anything helps. May peace fill your heart and faith light your way, and the memories you cherish ease your sorrow. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. Close
We won't forget you Lane / Kevin Haskins (friend)
Still doesn't feel real. I thank God for getting to know you. High School would not have been the same without you. The world has lost a great person, but I know your soul is safe in heaven. Close
WITH THOUGHTS LOVE AND PRAYERS TO LANE & FAMILY / Peggy Barnie (Kelley's Island Party Friend )Read >>
WITH THOUGHTS LOVE AND PRAYERS TO LANE & FAMILY / Peggy Barnie (Kelley's Island Party Friend )
Last year riding on the Kelley's Island Ferry, we had the privilege of having the company of Lane and his brother. We have had many memories of Lane, very funny - good memories that we will always keep in our hearts. What a great guy!!!! He will be missed very much, especially at the Memorial Day Kelley's Island Party!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your two mamas, you tried to sleep in our tent with!!!! We Love You Lane!!!!!
You will NEVER be forgotten! / Blair Smith (Former Girlfriend )Read >>
You will NEVER be forgotten! / Blair Smith (Former Girlfriend )
Lane, The last time we saw eachother I needed to say so much more. I've always wanted you to know how truely sorry I am. I have always wanted to tell you that I loved you very much. And now that its too late to tell you in person, I hope you are looking down and understanding how hard this all is and how much I truely care about you. You have changed my life in so many ways, both before and after this horrible tragedy. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to spend time with you. I was looking at pictures the other day of when we went to the Indians game and I could help but laugh. And cedar point... after all my friends let me down, you were there to make me have a great birthday. I have always had fun with you... even in Topsail... that was the best. If i could only see you dance and sing and play your harmonica just one more time. I would give anything in the world to hug you one more time and tell you how great you were, how special you made me feel, how addicted I was to your smile. Lane, you have had an important role in making me who i am today. I have learned to show people how you truely feel because they might not be around to tell them again. I will miss you so much. Kelly's Island just won't be the same! The email you sent me meant so much. And just like you said... UNTIL NEXT TIME! LOVE ALWAYS- Blair Smith Close
A true hero / Lauri Hertrick (Friend)
Lane, Thank you for being part of my life! I am blessed! You were the first boy I ever kissed and danced with! You are a hero! I am going to miss running into you! Thank you for protecting us! You are a angel for the military! Please protect them now! Expecially my husband Jagger Lee Breitenbach who is over in Iraq right now part of the Marine Corps! I want to also thank your family for their sacrifices! God Bless Them and You! You will always have a place in my heart! Thank You! Love Lauri Hertrick Close
I salute your son! / Cathy Baumert (resident of elyria )Read >>
I salute your son! / Cathy Baumert (resident of elyria )
I didn't know your son/brother, but I do want you to know that you have my deepest sympathy. I wish he were now so I could thank him personally for his efforts in the war in Iraq. I can only tell you thank you for your son and how sorry I am that he's gone and that thanks to him and all the other soldiers, that maybe we can win this war against terrorism. I know you have to be very, very proud of him. I viewed his photo album. He looked like he loved life. Just know that people in Elyria care and are praying for your family and friends. I salute your son.
Bringing back the memories... / Jeremiah Hicks (Friend)Read >>
Bringing back the memories... / Jeremiah Hicks (Friend)
I don't travel much for work anymore, but of course I had to go out of town this week. The good thing is, I had a lot of time to myself and it gave me the opportunity to reflect on all of the great memories I have of Lane. So when I got home early yesterday, I went and picked up my 5 month old daughter, Julia, whom Lane never got to meet. Four days is the longest that I have ever been away from her, so I was really looking forward to having all afternoon to be with her- just the two of us. I used that time to tell her all about our friend, Lane. How he told stories, the power he had to make everyone smile, the morals he displayed, and the example that he set with the way he lived. I know she didn't understand the words, but I felt like I had to tell her all about him anyway. I know she would have loved him, and he would have loved her. He always had such a gift with children. The smile on his face, and the return smile on hers, I can see it now, even though it will never happen...
In my opinion, his real legacy is in his stories and how he told them. We all have "Lane" stories that we need to remember, and that we need to tell. Tippin' back a few Strohs at Gibby's last night, someone said "Everyone likes Lane, I can't think of one person who doesn't- except maybe that guy that cut him off that one time...", which got a few chuckles and brought a smile to everyone's face. I said it when I lit my candle- even gone, he can still make me smile. Thanks for all of the great memories Lane, you won't be forgotten.
Everyone, tell your stories, and let him bring that smile to your face, even as you wipe away the tears. Close
GOD BLESS YOU / David Hill (none)
I grow up in Elyria and went into the Army in 1974. I want to send my condolences to the family. As a former soldier I salute you and thank you for defending our country. I retired in 1994 and live and work in Korea. Your sacrifice and honor humble me and I truely respect you and all you have done for our great nation. I wish I was at home so I could attend your service and salute you. GOD BLESS YOU.
TO THE GREATEST GUY I HAD THE PRIVILEDGE OF KNOWING / Matt Wallace (friend to whole family )Read >>
TO THE GREATEST GUY I HAD THE PRIVILEDGE OF KNOWING / Matt Wallace (friend to whole family )
LANE WE GO WAY BACK TO WHEN WE WERE LITTLE KIDS PLAYING SPORTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HAVING SLEEPOVERS, POOL PARTIES (AT YOUR HOUSE) AND OF COURSE THOSE LATE NIGHT MISSIONS THAT STILL ARE TALKED ABOUT TO THIS DAY. THIS IS ONE OF THE SADDEST DAYS IN MY LIFE. WE ALL HAVE LOST A BROTHER AND A FRIEND. I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU AND I'M GLAD THAT I HAD THE CHANCE TO HAVE KNOWN YOU. I CANNOT TELL ANY GOOD STORIES OF BACK IN THE DAY WITHOUT INCLUDING YOUR NAME, YOU JUST ALWAYS SEEM TO BE AROUND GOOD TIMES. WE WILL MISS YOU AND WE ALL LOVE YOU.
Brother, I will see you heaven... / Josh Kirk (Friend)
Words cannot express my true thoughts and emotions. Lane was amazing person and great friend. Lane and I were fraternity brothers in college. He was the type of guy that I would look up to, even though he pledged after me. Lane was straight off the farm, he didn't say too much but when he talked he was direct and to the point. It figures he would sign up after 9-11 to serve his country, that's just who he is.
I want to say thanks for whoever created this website. This is an excellent way to honor Lane.
More importantly, I want Lane to know that I am thinking about him and I will be sending my prayers his way.
I miss you Lane, and I am upset because you are gone. However, I know it is only temporary because I will see you again; our next meeting will be forever.