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On foreign soil, you found yourself planted To fight for those whose freedom you granted. Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost But you carried onward, no matter the cost. Many horrors you had endured and seen. Many faces had haunted your dreams.
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You cheered as your enemies littered the ground; You cried as your brothers fell all around. When it was over, you all came back home, Some were left with memories to face all alone; Some found themselves in the company of friends As their crosses cast shadows across the land. Those who survived were forever scarred Emotionally, physically, permanently marred. Those who did not now sleep eternally 'Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free. With a hand upon my heart, I feel the pride and respect, my reverence is revealed In the tears that now stream down my upturned face As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid. Every day, I give my utmost admiration To those who had fought to defend our nation. Author Unknown. Thank you to all the fallen. Thank you Jon. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. I will love you forever. This Memorial Day I honor the memory of my brother and all those from our armed services who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
They selflessly placed the freedom and safely of others above their own lives. I am so saddened by their loss, and so grateful for their service so we can live in freedom. I miss you every day, Jonny. Love, Sister.
On this Memoriial Day as we remember our fallen heroes, my thoughts turn to a very dear friend and colleague, Mr. David Cadavero and his family who lost their beloved Jon in Iraq fighting for our freedoms. Please know that your son's memory lives on in our hearts. We owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Cadavero and the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Cadavero, we cannot always see God's purpose, but we believe that all's well that's done by Him!
I wish for you God's peace and comfort when sadness overwhelms you and please hold fast to your faith that you will see your beautiful son again one day soon when the Lifegiver Himself return s. God bless you all. My deepest condolences to you Mr Cadavero. I know that this time brings back memories of the lost of your only son but please know that you are prayed for daily for God's sustaining power. Love YOU and be strong! Jon, Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Yesterday in church they talked about Memorial Day. I can think about everyone I lost on my deployments without showing much emotion, but thinking of loosing you always brings a tear to my eye.
To this day you remain the standard against which I measure every Soldier that crosses my path. To date, none has measured up. I always recognized you as extraordinary in every way that a person could be extraordinary. Now, 10 years later, it is only more apparent how special and unique you are. You are loved and missed no less than when you walked the earth. I'm glad that in my mind you will always be the young, vigorous hero of my memories. We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies Till we see each other again brother, Jeremy.
Recently, I saw a movie called, "Taking Chance. I was SO "moved" by the movie that I couldn't resist ordering it for my Uncle David, who will share it with his family. May God bless all those mourning today and bring peace that only He can provide. I can't wait until that glorious resurrection day when Jonathan and so many other soldiers will be brought back to life to spend eternity in heaven!
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I'm certainly looking forward to seeing my "hero" cousin again! Cadavero I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers as we all remember your dear son passing years ago. Keep holding on to Jesus and you'll meet Jonathan again on that great resurrection morning. Memorial Day - what exactly does that mean? For many it's a day off from work, a day to go to the beach, have a picnic and still for many it's a day spent at a Mall looking for the best sales.
But for thousands it's a day of remembrance for a son, daughter, brother, father, uncle they lost in a war. Fighting to secure the freedom we still have in this Country. It's a day to reflect on the hardships they endured, the blood they shed, and their ultimate sacrifice. It's a day at the cemetery, placing flowers at their grave site and shedding many tears again.
Everyone should take at least a moment to remember those who proudly served and gave everything so we can be free. I thank all the fallen, and to Jon, for their service. I salute you with utmost respect. I love you my beloved son. Now and always. Dear Mrs. Cadavero we pray and hope you remain strong knowing that God is in control.
Cadavero, Sorry for your loss. I know one day you and your son will meet up in heaven with all your family. Cadavero, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've heard many stories about your son, I wished I would've met him. He sounds like he was an amazing person. The moment I see you in the office you brighten up my day. I love you and don't worry you'll see him in heaven. Love is a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity and grief. Those we love and lose are always connected by heart strings into infinity.
Remembering Jon this Mother's Day Missing and loving Jon today and every day. I was very honored to be asked to give the opening invocation and deliver a brief message to the gold star mothers and all others in attendance for Friday evening's Memorial Service. For the first time in my life I was nervous speaking in public, perhaps because of the reverence I have for these gold star mothers and families.
I felt Jonny with me, and his strength gave me the courage I needed to deliver both my prayer and message below: Heavenly Father, we thank you that we are able to gather together to remember these very loved soldiers who are now with You in heaven. We ask that your angels deliver a message to these soldiers from each gold star family here, letting them know that at this moment they are being honored. Give us comfort in knowing our loved ones who are not with us, are now with You, Lord, in a place of perfect love and forever peace.
Amen For the few moments we have together I would like to briefly speak to you about a recent scientific discovery on the very special relationship between a mother and child. These cells become a permanent part of the mother. The full effect of these cells is not yet known. The bond between a mother and her child can never be broken, neither by time, nor distance, nor separation.
Until our gold star mothers are reunited with their beautiful child in heaven, they will be literally carrying a piece of their child in their very heart. It was an emotional, beautiful, heartbreaking, moving ceremony, befitting of an American hero and soldier. Know that you and your fellow comrades-in-arms who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered with love and gratitude, and missed every single day. Love you both! Your memory lives on through each of us, and your legacy of kindness, bravery, generosity, humor, and all the qualities of being a true hero and soldier here on earth are still rippling out into the Universe.
God bless you on your continuing journey up there. I remember the phone call my father received from his brother-my favorite Uncle David-and the scream of anguish from my father that I could have heard from 10 miles away I have missed Jonathan SO much all these years. Will never, ever forget him nor the footprints he left behind. If only he could have lived out the rest of his life with his wonderful wife, Michelle. Thinking of her on this day as well as Jonathan's family. His mother, Nadia, his father, David, and his sister, Kristia. Can't wait to see you in heaven, Cousin Jon!
It started out as a typical day 10 years ago, but ended as the worst nightmare when 2 soldiers knocked on my front door. My heart was not only broken but shattered into a thousand pieces when they told me what had happened earlier that day in Iraq. My life would never be the same from that moment.
Today, marks 10 years since Jon died. According to Webster the word anniversary means: "a commemorative celebration" or a "recurrence of an event. It's more of a milestone. I do, however, celebrate Jon's life and the young man he grew up to be. No mother could be prouder of a son. The other week I was driving to work. It was a very cloudy, dreary day. But off in the distance there was a break in the clouds and the sun rays were shining through.
I had to pull over as it was such a beautiful sight. It made me think of one of Jon's favorite hymns Doc, a decade has passed, but we strive to maintain your memory and the memory of Sou and Henry bright. Thank you for your service and Sacrifice! I learned so much from you and hope to approach challenges as you always did. Until we meet again! On this day I am remembering the sacrifice of the Cadavero family and my Friend David's son, Jonathan. The text of scripture Psalm comes to mind. We don't often think of young strong and yes, a soldier as being a Saint. Jonathan was one of God's Saints.
He put his life on the line to do what Christ asked. Those soldiers that he saved everyday up until his death represented Christ's words, "I was sick and you visited me! He sees He hears. May God comfort you today Which is true to a point. It's hard to celebrate with a loved one missing. But for me, I think the month of February is really the hardest and worst because it's a month of "lasts" for me.
I have a tendency of being late with birthday cards and anniversaries etc. Sometimes I totally forget altogether. Yet, I can recall the exact day Jon's last card arrived, the last email I received. I can recall word for word our last conversation and the exact time of day he called. Once a mom always a mom. You don't stop being a mom regardless of how old your child is, or even if they have passed away. I miss Jon every day. I think of him countless times each day and will love him until I pass away. Love you today, tomorrow, and always. The Holidays have come and gone and for most a faint memory by now.
Some Holiday traditions are still kept, others have been done away with. There's that empty chair at the table that will remain empty forever. Now silent. For me there are too many memories. Too much pain. There was no Christmas tree But the greatest two gifts I ever received had come from God.
One I called Kristia. The other I called Jon. Rest in peace by beloved Son. I miss and love you more today than ever before. Thinking of my "hero" cousin today on the 10th anniversary of his marriage to his lovely bride, Michelle. Ironically on that same day, I bought the first brand new car I've ever owned. The car is still alive and well, , miles later. I only wish I could say the same about Jonathan. He is missed every day and always will be.
There's no question in my mind that had he lived, he and Michelle would be celebrating their "special anniversary" today. I imagine they'd have a few kids by now too. Just wanted them both to know I'm thinking of them today, on their special day. Love, Cousin Jeffrey. Today as we celebrate another Veterans Day, our thoughts naturally turn to those who gave their all for our freedom and safety, their families and those who still serve. David Cadavero is a dear and special individual with whom I've had the pleasure of working as we serve together as educators in the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Today I want to remind Mr. Cadavero and family as they think about their Beloved Jonathan, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, that the God of Heaven is still in control and we can trust Him even when there seem to be no answers. Stay comforted in the Loving Arms of Jesus!
Many are praying for you. Thank you Jonathan Cadavero! Thanks to all Veterans! May this country never forget your ultimate sacrifice. Recently I went on a trip to Sedona, Arizona. In an old train museum I saw the following poem and and immediately thought of Jon: "I'm riding the train to Heaven's gate The sky is blue and the air is clear. For I feel my Lord is very near. I'll see my Savior face to face And all my sins I'll leave behind I'll claim my place through my Lord's grace For He is wonderfully kind.
Today, Jon's birthday, I should have been making his favorite meal, wrapping at least a dozen presents instead of bringing flowers to his grave. I sat by his grave for the longest time thinking of the day he was born. He was so bright eyed, alert and already probably thinking of funny things to do and or say.
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I'm grateful for the years I had him but it was cut all too short. Every day I mourn and miss him beyond words. I have so many memories which I hold close to my heart. I can close my eyes and almost see him, hear his voice We had such a close strong bond not even death can break it.
Until we meet at that beautiful shore Happy birthday dear Jony, miss you and can't wait to introduce you to my family one day in heaven. I know we will laugh a lot! Happy birthday in heaven, dear cousin. We just KNOW you're making all the angels laugh up there. You are missed each day! Memorial Day Weekend - the official start of the summer season, a 3 day weekend for most, people off from work, schools closed, some small towns having parades, some go to a cemetery.
For me today was a day attending a memorial service at the Veterans Cemetery and placing flowers at Jon's grave site. American Flags were at each grave site, and there were lots of people standing by the grave site of the loved one they lost. But most of all today, I thought of Jon and the dangers he must have faced each day. I know he faced them with courage and faith. For me as a mother, every day is Memorial Day as I think of, remember and miss my son more than words can ever say.
Thank you Jon for your courage and bravery. As we celebrate another Memorial Day our hearts and love go out to all military families and especially to families that have paid the ultimate price - the loss of a loved one. My special thoughts and prayers go out to the Cadavero family, a family very close to my heart that lost their beloved Jon.
May God's peace be yours today and always and may you be comforted in the thought that your dear son and brother gave his all helping mankind. God bless you all! Thinking of Jon today and remembering him as young 8th grader coming to visit our school at Garden State Academy and wanting to play with the big boys and holding his own with an outside shot that had to be respected.
Words are not enough but thank you for having been willing to protect my freedom and giving your full measure in the process. Thinking of Jon today and remembering and honoring him for the supreme sacrifice that he made for our country. I willl always treasure the short friendship I had with him. He was a very special friend and he is always in my memory. MY thoughts are always with his family. I wanted to share with everyone something that I wrote on my website this morning. She offered me and my family condolences on the loss of my brother, Sgt.
Jon, as the American Memorial Day approached. As she described it, I felt an intense swell of envy, because I wish my country celebrated our holiday as they do in Israel. On Yom Hazikaron, for twenty-four hours from sunset to sunset all public places, including movie theaters and pubs, are closed. All radio and television stations broadcast programs detailing the lives and heroic deeds of fallen soldiers, interspersed with patriotic songs.
The sounds of sirens are heard throughout the land twice, the first at PM the evening before and the second at AM on the actual day. During the two minutes immediately after the sirens, all activities are stopped and people's heads are bowed in reverence as they remember their country's deceased soldiers. Even those driving in vehicles stop their car, stand outside it, and lower their heads in prayer. For those two minutes, after the two siren calls on Yom Hazikaron, there is literally a nationwide standstill in Israel. In contrast, it is very unfortunate that most Americans are not even aware of the purpose of our Memorial Day.
Commercialism now dominates the day, with special sales urging consumers to buy more, spend more, want more. Memorial Day is not a holiday to celebrate the start of summer. It is a solemn day to offer thankfulness to our fallen American soldiers and the great sacrifices of their families.
It is easy in a country as powerful as ours to forget our soldiers. America has two friendly neighbors to our north and south, and two large oceans on either side providing security from invasion. We do not have to worry about annihilation as the Israeli's do. So it is understandable that as a country we have become complacent regarding our armed forces. Similarly, most of us never pay much attention to the front door of our home, we take it for granted because it is always there. But if our front door were missing, we would notice it immediately. Our soldiers are like that front door. Because of their bravery, we don't have to worry about a foreign army entering our home.
I gently urge everyone who is reading this to spend two minutes on this Memorial Day remembering our fallen soldiers through prayer, the sending of positive energy, or even just a solemn thank you to the heavens. To all our Gold Star Families in America who are mourning the loss of their soldier, I pray God gives you a solace that only He can give. Jon always found a way to make me laugh.
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I remember him being kind, friendly and a warm soul. I'm sorry for your loss and sorry I just heard. May God bless your family. He is forever in my thoughts and prayers as is his family. It is men like Jonathan, and others who gave their lives for our country, that we honor on a day like this. Jon was the classmate who made it his duty to promote dedication and patriotism in the midst of a class. He spoke of the need to join the war His passion was equally displayed in class with heated debates on theories he thought should be advanced.
I remember when we shared our goodbyes after ending classes he would always end with some jokes That's th e Jon I remember and salute. RIP Sgt. I attended college with Jon. He was always so friendly and cheerful, truly one of the nicest guys there. I'm glad this website was set up, as I've wanted to share my condolences with his family and loved ones, but didn't know how. Please know that I will continue to pray for you as we look forward to seeing him again on that glorious day when Christ returns. Peace and love to you all. It doesn't take this Memorial Day weekend to remember Jon.
Love and thoughts to his family. Jon was so awesome! He was friendly and funny. He had this thing where he would come up to me, pick up the scanner, and say, "Do not scan your eyeball for it will burn your retina! I know, one of those things you had to be there for but I got a laugh out of it. He had a passion for life and for his country and he served proudly. I sometimes have to remember that in a ways because we had this agreement where I would type up his papers he hated typing so would write them out and he'd pay me. I know he would have gone in regardless of whether I had been the one to type it or not but sometimes I can't help feel like I contributed to his death even in a seemingly small way.
He was a great friend and a kind spirit. Thank you for your service Jon. Can't wait to laugh with you in Heaven. Part of me is ashamed that it took so long to find this. Maybe I was hiding from the pain of finally coming to terms with Jon being gone. I first met Jon on our first day at Combat Medic School. He slept in the bunk below me. He sat next to me in class. He was my battle buddy everywhere we went. When I got hurt and had to be on crutches, he switched bunks with me so I wouldn't have to climb up.
He carried my books and my aid bag and never complained once about it. When I was fighting with my girlfriend he talked me through it. When my grandma was in the hospital and close to death he sat with me while I cried. When I failed a test, he helped me study. When I found out I was getting pulled from training to have surgery, he got me ice for my hand after I punched a wall. I only knew Jon for four months. But in those four months he became one of the best friends I've ever had. We laughed like brothers and we fought like brothers.
I remember one time we were getting ready for lights out at the end of a day. I was cleaning my locker and I look in the mirror on the inside of my door Jon had snatched my coveted Oklahoma University hat off my bed and put it on. There's only a few things you don't mess with with me and my OU hat is one of them.
He cackled that crazy cackle of his and took off running. Well of course I gave chase and like brothers a wrestling match ensued. He is still the only person to successfully make off with my hat. Jon was an amazing friend. One of the finest soldiers and men I've ever known. Every year on Memorial Day, I take time to remember him. I pull out the old picture of us as we were getting ready for a Class A inspection and I smile and tell all his crappy jokes.
They're still some of the funniest things I've ever heard. If any of the family can or would like. I would love to talk with you about my time with Jon and share some of my memories and hear some of your stories. Jeredlogan yahoo.
My condolences to friends and family. You were truly a fighter for the Lord, God bless your family. We remember Jonny every day, but especially on an "anniversary" such as this. We went to the cemetery and placed yellow flowers there. We recounted fond memories and we wished Jonny was still here in order to form new ones. A few weeks ago, for the first time in almost nine years, we put on display Jon's veteran burial American flag, display case, and medals. We were both in tears. We want to thank everyone who has reached out to us and our family today, and for those who wrote messages on this website.
The love and remembrances that many have for Jon is a comfort and source of strength for us. Jon was a collector of inspirational quotes. Below is one of his favorites. We miss you and love you. Jon's sister and brother-in-law. Nine years since you let us Jon.
I still remember all of the conversations we used to have while on mission. Especially the ones about coming home and training to play basketball. How time has flown but it still seems like yesterday. We all miss you buddy, we miss all of you every single day. Rest easy buddy.
February 27, I didn't know that morning the pain that day would bring. Jon was so far away when his heart stopped beating. At the time I didn't know and couldn't do a thing. No words can heal the heartache or stop the silent tears, or take away the memories of a son I love so dearly. Jon's resting place I visited today, the flowers I placed with care. But nothing compares to the pain I felt when I turned and left him there Will always miss and love my beloved son, Jon.
What a character he was. Seeing such a bright light extinguished makes us question religion and why things happen the way they do in life. God's will is a mystery. Doc, the last 9 years seem to be building speed and each anniversary comes faster and faster. Despite the time that has passed, you are not forgotten and very missed. Your selfless service stands as an example to me today and reminds me of the important things in life. I look forward to our reunion on that sweet day when all of our earthly cares will be forgotten.
Until then, I will endeavor to be worthy of your, Henry's and Soukenka's Sacrifice. It seems like a few days ago that my friend, David, called to deliver the horrible final news of his sons death. Now, these many days later there is still a rawness to the news from the ongoing conflict. There is a personal connection to the questions, debates, and news that has gone on and on and on. The story of any American soldier falling continues to have the connection to my Friend's families pain and suffering. The promise that helps carry beyond this raw pain is to remember the promise, For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Another month, another February. February is a reminder when I spoke to Joh for the last time, received his last card and, not to mention, the day I lost Jon. It stays with you constantly. There is no escape. Not a day passes that I don't think of or miss Jon.
One would think it gets easier. The years have just left a bigger hole in my heart. I still struggle why God gave me such a wonderful incredible son only to take him from me. This is something I will never quite understand. Lipton, Ph. Hall, M. Greene, PhD. The Poetry of St. Therese of Lisieux. Wright Mills. Dyer, Dr. Get Lean. Burn Fat. Smith, M. Amen, M. Variations of Pemberley. We Are Poets! Why Not Me? Winter St. Yunus Emre: Yunus Emre, who was a great folk poet and a sufist whose poems provided spiritual bases to Turkish people, is full of myths.
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