Celebrating Those Who Give…Thank You, Cheryl Whitfield

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Celebrating Those Who Give…Thank You, Cheryl Whitfield, of the Fallen Warrior’s Memorial


Larry and I make a point of stopping by the Fallen Warriors Memorial several times a month. 



As we do on every patriotic holiday, we were there this past Memorial Day. There were flags everywhere. In fact, one gentleman we saw carried a large U.S. flag as he walked through the memorial. The flowers bordering the memorial proudly shouted red, white, and blue. 



On this day, we were honored to meet Cheryl Whitfield, founder of the National Memorial Ladies, and the force behind the Fallen Warrior Memorial. 


While Ms. Whitfield did not lose a family member to the war, her mission with the memorial was to “honor the fallen from Texas who gave their lives in the war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 


As she looked at the names on the wall behind her, she recalled that she was in attendance for many of their burial services at the Houston National Cemetery. 


The National Memorial Ladies which she founded is a volunteer military funeral service to ensure that no soldier is buried alone. Two members are at the National Cemetery Monday- Friday and attend all services for all veterans from WWII through our present conflicts. 



Some people think about things that should be done. However,  I have a feeling  Ms. Whitfield just takes the bull by the horns and gets them done. 


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Comments (19)

faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What a truly touching and honorable mission by Cheryl Whitfield.

Jun 08, 2023 05:06 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert it really is and I admire the ladies who are at the National Cemetery 5 days a week. 

Jun 08, 2023 12:44 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, that is pretty awesome. It is amazing to think of what goes into these memorials. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:25 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty It is a small memorial but beautiful. 

Jun 08, 2023 12:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing this special tribute.

Have a great day.

Jun 08, 2023 06:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank You, Roy Kelley hello to Chef Dolores. 

Jun 08, 2023 12:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. What a wonderful thing Cheryl Whitfield has undertaken. All fallen ones deserve our respect and thoughts! Enjoy your day.

Jun 08, 2023 06:36 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Wayne Martin As you walk up, there is a speaker in the background announcing the names of the fallen. 

Jun 08, 2023 12:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you so much for sharing Cheryl's work. It is wonderful that she makes sure no soldier is buried alone.

Jun 08, 2023 06:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti I've always wondered who was instrumental building this memorial. 

Jun 08, 2023 12:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy.... Cheryl is another (one of many) unsung heroes in our society. What she does is so important. Thank you for featuring her in your post.

Jun 08, 2023 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker We need more like her. She was out there early in the morning and planned on staying there for most of the day. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:02 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy,  What a wonderful thing this woman has undertaken. All fallen ones deserve our respect and thoughts!

Jun 08, 2023 07:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 Larry and I were impressed the first time we visited the Memorial. Even more so now. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:09 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, does sound like Cheryl is quite the woman for all she does for the heros!

Jun 08, 2023 07:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I agree. I don't think we've ever been out there when there weren't others out at the Memorial. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:10 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What an inspiration Cheryl is! Beautiful picture of her and how wonderful that you got to meet her and feature her!

Jun 08, 2023 07:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I know! When I walked by her, she asked if I had any questions. So we began talking and that's when I learned who she was. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib,

Wow Chery is truly and inspiration and you are right she takes the bull by the horns and gets it done! So glad you were able to meet with her and thank you for bringing her to our attention!

Jun 08, 2023 07:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX   Hope you don't get the storm we just had. It's clear now but I heard there are a lot of trees down. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:20 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a great person she is and what a good undertaking it is to have someone there so no military person is buried alone.

Jun 08, 2023 07:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I agree. it really is the least we can do for their sacrifice. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:21 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and thank you for sharing this blog and thanks Cheryl for it also.


Jun 08, 2023 08:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm When you think about what's wrong in the world and meet people like Cheryl, you know that all is not lost. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:22 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - That is a beautiful memorial, and it is easy to see why you would want to visit it several times a month.  I have always found memorial sites very peaceful and relaxing.  There is a lot of good energy surrounding these memorials. 

Jun 08, 2023 09:37 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I feel a sense of pride as well. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

What a wonderful tribute to a very special and thoughtful person. I hope Cheryl Whitfield somehow sees this! And I hope others will read about her and be inspired!



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Jun 08, 2023 10:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS I'm sending her a link to this!!!!  I know she doesn't do this for fame but it's nice to know that you are appreciated. 

Jun 08, 2023 05:23 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

What a wonderful tribute for our Woman Heroes.  Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 08, 2023 12:19 PM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley where would we be without people like her!!

Jun 08, 2023 05:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love the design of that memorial in your first photo, Kathy.  It tempts contemplation about the cost of freedom.

Jun 08, 2023 02:12 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy this is the first time I have heard of the National Memorial Ladies.  That is an excellent service they provide.

Jun 08, 2023 03:34 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Cheryl is an amazing woman that has my deepest respect and honor. Thank you for sharing her wonderful work with all of us Kathy!

Jun 08, 2023 08:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your post and I love Cheryl without knowing her based on your post, tell her hugs and kisses from an Old well you know, Endre

Jun 08, 2023 11:10 PM