Dreaming on this Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

It's hard to believe it's May 2016 already. Memorial Day is tomorrow, but today we'll be hosting a picnic at our Multi-gen home for family and friends who didn't go camping on this busy three-day weekend. We hope most people will take a moment to remember the "why" of this important holiday.

It's a bittersweet time of the year as we honor our late nephew, Gene Mills, who died, at the age of 21, in Afghanistan on June 22, 2012. It's still hard to fathom.  His younger brother, Jake, who followed in his footsteps, is also a proud Marine. He's at Camp Lejeune right now.

We have yet another Marine nephew who just returned from South Korea to his base in Honolulu. It's comforting to know he too, is safe this weekend. We are proud of these young men, but often dream of a world where our military is no longer needed. We can all dream, can't we? 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely post, and I am so glad your other nephews are safe.  We can dream of a time when war is not necessary.  A

May 29, 2016 02:41 AM #1
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debb, Yes. We can all dream. It's a wonderful dream to have. I am so sorry for the loss of your nephew. The hurt and loss never goes away. Missing them never goes away.  

Enjoy your family picnic. I am sure Gene will be there with you. 

May 29, 2016 03:16 AM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  yes we can dream of a time when there will be no wars - enjoy your picnic

May 29, 2016 03:28 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I am so happy that we dedicate a weekend to remember our brave soldiers and take time to honor them as much as we can.

May 29, 2016 03:30 AM #4
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - That's a great dream, one we all share and one worth doing everything within our power to make happen. Have a great picnic.

May 29, 2016 04:01 AM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb it is never easy when Memorial Day comes around if you have family members who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, wishing for  a healing time, Endre

May 29, 2016 04:46 AM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Very sorry to hear about your nephew this time of year and such a young age.

May 29, 2016 06:50 AM #7
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

So sorry to hear about your nephew;  it's very hard for familes who have lost someone so young.  

May 29, 2016 08:17 AM #8
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Very sorry about loosing your nephew.

May 29, 2016 01:43 PM #9
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I am sorry to hear you have lost a nephew due to war. I can't imagine how hard it is for families to lose someone so young. I too dream of a day where military won't be needed. I hope that your picnic brings some joy to what is a tough day. 

May 29, 2016 11:12 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We  had an enjoyable time yesterday and took a moment to  toast our nephews and thank them all for their service. 

May 30, 2016 12:07 AM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am sorry for your loss but proud of your Marine and his sacrifice. He did what he believed in.

May 30, 2016 12:43 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for telling us about Gene Mills and for sharing your photograph.

Have a very special Memorial Day.

May 30, 2016 01:16 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many young people lost their lives for our country, so sad, but they were so brave in fighting for our rights.

May 30, 2016 03:33 AM #14
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, we can dream, it is a dream worth our time and efforts.

May 30, 2016 10:32 AM #15
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

So young so soon......

I'm sorry for your loss....and all families who lost their loved ones..

May 30, 2016 01:14 PM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

What a lovely post. Your nephew was so young to be gone so soon. I'm glad your other nephews are safe.  I'm so sorry for your loss but so proud of all your nephews who are doing what they believe in! Please thank them for their service to our country.

May 30, 2016 10:53 PM #17
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie -- this is a very thoughtful post and we can certainly dream and hope that war will not be a part of our lives.  I'm sorry to hear about your nephew and certainly appreciate his service as well as those in your family and elsewhere who are or who have protected us. 

May 31, 2016 12:39 AM #18
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I was so sad to hear about your nephew Eugene C. Mills III. We know there's always the risk but we never think it will happen to one of our own. I hope you don't mind, I found the obituary to read what was written and it touched my soul, "It was his family who made him the man he was." I think, as family members, that's all we can do, do the best we can, teaching our children, nephews, grandchildren, etc., that common courtesy is so important. He was raised right, obviously he lived up to becoming a fine role model, son, nephew, and friend to his community and an excellent soldier too. I know that hole is big and there are no words of sorrow that can make things right; yet I would like to believe he's watching over his brothers in military, soaring overhead, protecting them in battle. May God bless all of you.   

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