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A Veteran Says: Thank You, Columbia and Adair County

Thank you Columbia and Adair County for everything that you do to honor us Soldiers and thank you for remembering our fallen comrades
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By Robert Osborne MSGRET

I feel a strong since of responsibility to say thank you Columbia and Adair County for the generous outpouring of support and appreciation given to the Veterans of our community. It was much more than smiles, handshakes and words. It was actions and deeds that were carried out by so many of our town's leaders that mean the most.

I can't begin to tell you how much it means to a Soldier to know that his sacrifice and service to our country does not go unrecognized.

Thank you Columbia United Methodist Church for the very nice gifts and the special sermon.

Thank you Lindsey Wilson College for the luncheon. These were the two events I attended and I know there were many, many more and still events to come.

Thank you Big Dawg and The Wave for your support.

The great country singer Clint Black said it best. "Love isn't something that we say, it's something that we do".

Thank you Columbia and Adair County for everything that you do to honor us Soldiers and thank you for remembering our fallen comrades.

Every Soldier has his story and I'm no different. Today I had the special privilege of being a substitute teacher at COL Wm Casey Elementary School for Kindergarten students. Their assignment today was to write the words : "Today I am thankful for _____________. " (fill in the blank). I was amazed at their responses. One five year old asked me how to spell Army.

Others asked how to spell family, school, and home. I learned a lot from these tiny people like, everything you ever needed to know in life you learned in kindergarten. But you see, from the innocent you find the real priorities such as family, home, freedom and security. It makes me proud to be an American.

Here is the rest of my story.

While I was assigned to 3rd Bn 101st Aviation BDE, 101st Airborne DIV stationed in Iraq, my convoy was hit by 3 IEDs. It was a 3 vehicle convoy so there was one 155mm mortar round for each vehicle. The rounds were planted in the ground right beside the road. Fortunately, only two of the bombs exploded and the timing was such that there was minimal damage to only one of our trucks. I was very fortunate that no one got hurt because a lot of our soldiers were critically wounded or killed by those IED's. The blasts from those two bombs left sizable holes in the ground as sand, debris and schrapnel filled the air and turned daylight into near darkness. I vividly recall those moments and at times I can still hear the horrendous sounds of war in my eardrums.

So Today I am thankful for _____________(fill in the blank), being alive. Now I am able to share my war stories through my music and I want to share it with you here.

"Sing Me Home Again" is the title of my CD. I wrote the title song from that moment in time where my life could have been taken in combat but I was spared. The first verse says : Driving through the fog on a dusty road, not knowing what lies ahead, I've got my finger on the trigger and thoughts of home going through my head. I was thinking about my Mama, when she said "son, this too shall pass", and when this war is over, we\ll be together at last."

I will sing you home again,
Over the ocean, over the mountains
And back to Kentucky and then,
There'll be peace and understanding
Stars will shine above
Sing me home again.
The second verse is not factual. It could have happened but for me at least it didn't. You'll have to listen and see.

The bridge goes like this:
And they say, thank you for your service and thanks for your sacrifice
But if I had my way, all I can say is I'd go back and do it twice and you can
Sing Me Home Again.
And now you know the rest of the story.

- MSG(RET) Robert Osborne

Hey, Lone Ranger, by Veteran Robert Osborne
Robert Osborne, an Adair Countian who came here by way of Lindsey Wilson College, believes in a United States Military strong enough to right a lot of wrong, wherever it happens in the world.

Robert Osborne moved to Columbia in 2006 after a career in the military. He was the Army Instructor for JROTC at Clinton County High School for 5 years, and retired to pursue his passion for music. He has released a full album, Sing Me Home Again, available on Amazon, iTunes, and cdbaby.

The single Hey Lone Ranger is also available from

More information about Osborne's music is available on his web site

This story was posted on 2012-11-13 05:38:00
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