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This is the most recent video Jeremy put together. As we waited for them to come home from Iraq, this is how they were filling their time. The first scene is a base and the guard in that tower on the hill top was playing music blasted over loud speakers. He also checked their ids and took requests using a strong telescope. To read Jeremy's comments on his tour and to see photos you can read Iraq Diaries just scroll down through the comments, each email was posted as a comment.


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Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Nick and Trudy,

That is the COOLEST video!!! When the music started playing I got the chills. You must be so proud of your son. Please tell him thank you for the crew here at ActiveRain. His service is so appreciated!!

I hope you don't mind if I get that video a little extra exposure? :-)

Jul 01, 2008 03:45 AM #1
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Nick - I agree with Bob and look forward to him giving this more exposure.  Thanks from me here in Allentown!  I can only imagine how proud of your son the both of you are.

Jul 01, 2008 03:48 AM #2
Becky Cook
EXIT Realty Services- New Paltz, NY - Highland, NY
Ulster County, NY- New Paltz, Highland, Marlboro, NY Real Estate

How proud you must be.. Here's to all the men and women who are fighting for our freedom this Independence Day week- and everyday.

Jul 01, 2008 05:19 AM #3
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Nick and Trudy,

This video made me want to cry with pride for what your son and all the servicemen are doing over there and around the world. The several views of the American flag were also awsome.

When your son gets back I would recommend you get him to help you do and edit videos. This in my opinion is professional quality. This may be why Bob tagged this for a feature in addition to the patriotism aspect!

Thanks for sharing and wish you would put it in the silent majority group as many there are also very patriotic!

Jul 01, 2008 05:28 AM #4
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Nick and Trudy, wow thanks for posting this. I just found out my son in the Navy is leaving for Iraq in March. I found out on Sunday night and have been a basketcase ever since.

This was really a tear jerker for me.

Also I didn't know there was a military group, so I am off to join.



Jul 01, 2008 06:15 AM #5
Mike Miller

Nick and Trudy, That was a terrific video.  Please Jeremy for the video and for his service.  God Bless.  Mike

Jul 01, 2008 06:38 AM #6
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Nick & Trudy,

All I can say is wow! As a Vietnam era vet, the closest I came to this kind of think was working with the bombers in Guam. As a father of a retired USN petty officer, he was on the first ship into the Gulf when Sadam invaded Kwait and he told me stories about the weather there. The sandstorms in the video were awesome and ugly.

My prayers are with our service men and women every day. We have the finest people serving in our armed forces. Thank your son for me.

Jul 01, 2008 06:43 AM #7
Kim Wood
The Tech Byte - West Chester, PA
Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte

Yay!!! Homecoming for Jeremy!!! I'm thrilled for you guys..... tie those yellow ribbons!!!!   

Jul 01, 2008 07:58 AM #8
Sheila Reeves

I now you must be so happy that he is (or will be) coming home.  Please give him my thank you for all they have and are doing over there.

Jul 01, 2008 08:27 AM #9
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

Nick & Trudy,

 I know of your relief and gratefulness first hand.  My husband deployed nearly 3 years ago (I pray he never has to return) & I know everytime my phone rang (while he was gone), I held my breath.  Just writing this now, still brings tears to my eyes.  It was  a helpless time for me and I pray that they end this & send all our troops home.

I wish your son and you all the best,

Jul 01, 2008 08:38 AM #10
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Wow, I can hardly keep up. I will have to post more of his videos. Thank you all. Yes, he is now home, with us. His 4 year enlistment is up and he is on lerave for a few more days till he is finally done, then 4 years where he can be called back. But he is busy making plans for college and enjoying life.

Thank you for all your thanks and positive comments, I am sure he will appreciate them and they will be an encouragement for him.

As a family member we know how hard it is for those left behind. We really noticed our business suffered during each deployment as our minds were elsewhere. It is only with support of others who understand what you are going through. We actually set up a Google group with password access for parents, friends and relatives to talk and support each other, we all posted photos of the boys and it was a safe place to express with others how you felt and what you were going through. of course you do need to set some guidelines and someone needs to oversee it but I would reccomend it to anyone who has a loved one abroad.

Jul 01, 2008 08:52 AM #11
Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte


Thanks for sharing the video! I know you are so proud of your son and the work they are doing... It's so amazing what technology allows us to do and see. Congratulations to him and best wishes for his next step ~ college!

Jul 01, 2008 10:12 AM #12
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

Blessings to your family----The video was great.

Jul 01, 2008 10:31 AM #13
Lucy Doroshenko Slobidsky
NP DODGE Real Estate - Omaha, NE

God Bless you and your son! Happy fourth of July! The video is great.

Jul 01, 2008 10:50 AM #14
David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!

Thank you for sharing. Where do we find these young men and women? God bless them for all they do for us.

God Bless America

Jul 01, 2008 10:59 AM #15
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Great video, and great news.  I will continue to pray for your son's safe return.  As a veteran, I stand behind our troops, all the way.

"If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."
--Seen on a Bumper Sticker

Jul 01, 2008 11:10 AM #16
Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

Nick & Trudy....   Fabulous video!!!!!  How rewarding it is to have Jeremy come back safely.  He's doing an amazing job in Iraq!  God Bless you both and your son, your in our prayers!

All the Best!

Cheron Lange

Jul 01, 2008 04:47 PM #17
Lisa Ryan
Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty - Montgomery, NJ
Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town

Nick and Trudy~ I'm so glad to hear that your son is safely home and that your prayers have been answered.

Jul 01, 2008 05:03 PM #18
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I just saw this video...AWESOME, guys!!!

You must be so happy to have him back!!


May God continue to bless your family as you all walk the walk and talk the talk!!


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