The Darkest Hour

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Too many times, our hearts sink to the darkest hour of despair. We have lost these beloved soldiers. Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II, age 24, died April 28, 2014 and is survived by his wife and parents. Shawn, an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division was killed of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Afghanistan.

Private First Class Christian J. Chandler, age 20, of 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team was also killed during service to our nation on April 28th. Christian is survived by his mother and stepfather.

Your beautiful sons are gone too soon. Both men had numerous awards and decorations.Their courage, dedication, and character define them as heroes. Thank you for giving everything to protect our freedom.

Emily Dickinson writes in her poem,The Bustle in a House, that we are “sweeping up the heart.” How can we pick up the pieces of our broken hearts? We hold Shawn and Christian, and their families and friends in prayer. We pray that God will give these families the strength and courage not to lose heart.


SGT. Farrell II Photo Courtesy of Fort Drum Public Affairs




PFC Chandler Photo Courtesy of Fort Drum Public Affairs


4 thoughts on “The Darkest Hour

  1. Beautiful postings Heartfelt sentiment Lives changed forever

    you continue to reach out with words, the ambassadors of your soul, in attempt to wrap those who are hurting in the swirl of a sentence.

    It works. Thank you.

    Maureen Valenzi


    • Maureen the loss of these young lives is so sad. Your poet’s words are as lovely as ever. Take good care of yourself. Love Janie

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