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Remembering Keith Allan Miller

Keith Allen Miller 5/27/48 - 9/7/67

Keith A Miller
5/27/48 – 9/7/67

It’s never a happy day, yes there may be outward smiles but inside there is a sense of loss, a memory and thoughts of what might have been.  It was over 60 years ago we were little kids in Buckley School, we played tag and ran on the playground.  It was the 1950’s and sometimes we walked home for lunch.

The years are long but the memory is crystal clear of the day Keith and I walked to the top of Barry Road and Keith challenged me, “race you down the hill” and with that he took off.  I was tall and thin with a long stride, Keith was short but solid and fleet of foot.  I gave it all I had but I never had a chance, I remember thinking, “I wish I could run like that”.

As I think back and remember, “run” was not a word to associate with Keith.  When we picked our teams Keith was a kid you wanted on your side.  You knew Keith would cover you, he would have your back, and Keith would stand his ground.  His hands were as quick as his feet.

We walked different paths, but I never forgot the race down the hill, I never forgot the kid that would not back down.  Now I reflect how well his choice to be a Marine fit his personality.  He was tough, he was strong, and he was determined.

When I hear the National Anthem or see a Marine I think of Keith.  I think of how young he was, I think of hopes and dreams, I reflect on life and what he sacrificed.  As the rain falls today I will think of tears of sadness shed for Keith and all our fallen soldiers.   Memorial Day, is to honor and remember those that gave their last breath in service to our United States.

I will go back to Buckley School today, I will view a memorial for my friend Keith.  I will bow my head, and say a prayer.  The tears that roll along my cheek may look like drops of rain cascading off my face but I will be remembering.  I will remember he never had a chance to live out his hopes and dreams.

I will remember Keith and I will remember his family.  I will remember his mother.  There has always been a special place within my heart for Keith’s mom.  She suffered and endured greatly for our nation, she lost both a husband and a son in service to our nation.  She will be remembered.

I will remember Keith’s siblings, and the heartache of emptiness that his passing has left.  I will remember because I can never forget my friend, Keith Allan Miller.  I can never forget what he and his family lost in Vietnam on September 7, 1967………………rest in peace, Keith.




Memorial Day Honor And Remembrance

Our FlagThe Opining Quill is written today in honor of Keith Allan Miller and is dedicated to his memory.  Today would have been Keith’s 64th birthday. He died in South Vietnam 9/7/67.

Memorial Day is set aside in dedication to the memory of those that sacrificed their lives in military combat service for our nation.  It is a day for solemn reflection on the human cost of war, of shattered lives, of broken dreams and human sacrifice.

Too many of those we honor and remember on Memorial Day were young men and woman that never knew the joys of having a child in their lives.  Each had dreams, and a family left behind to shed a stream of tears with sense of loss.

On this day communities will gather together in remembrance, passing on to the next generation a conscious awareness for the sacrifice from past generations.  Community parades will see young scouts, sports teams, politicians and school bands marching together as one honoring those that perished on fields of combat.

One this day families will gather at picnics and barbeques taking pleasure together with laughter, games, good times and good food.  Family memories will be formed and traditions passed along from one generation to the next.  It will be a long weekend with time off work but for some it will be a longer weekend alone in their thoughts.

For some it will be a weekend remembering a son, brother, sister or cousin that no longer gathers with family here on earth.  For some the heartache opens every year wondering what the father they never knew would have been like.  For some it is not a joyous long weekend, only a long weekend of heartache, broken dreams and heavy heart.

On Memorial Day remember those that have served and never returned giving their last breath in service to our nation.  Remember also their families and the silent sacrifice they endure.

The music and parades on this day will slowly fade to silence as they pass but the memory of loved ones gone must never fade.  The lives remembered on this day form the fabric of our history as a nation they are a reminder that freedom is not free.  Our freedom has been delivered, protected and preserved with their blood and life; let us never fail to remember the sacrifice and human cost.

On this day I remember Keith Allan Miller, the memory of the man and his sacrifice will never fade.

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They Never Asked And We Can Never Forget

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial

Today we observe Memorial Day.  A day set aside to remember our sons and daughters that sacrificed their dreams and lives for you and me.  Many of those remembered today were young and in their prime of life they had dreams of tomorrows and memories of loved ones at home awaiting their return.

They exchanged those dreams and memories for your freedom; they paid the price for you to enjoy another day as a free American.  They gave all they had and all their future so that you could be here today to enjoy all the beauty of springtime and wonders of life.  In America today we set aside Memorial Day to remember those special men and women.

The older we get the more memories we have of days gone by, our first love, our first car, a graduation, a wedding day, our first home and of course the birth of our children.  Life brings so many special moments, so many memories, but today we remember and honor those that sacrificed those memories for all of us.  They will never reminisce and we shall never forget.

We ask that you remember the true meaning of the Memorial Day, look around and take in all that you see and hear today.  Remember today those that paid the price for you to have this day as a free American.  No where on earth do others have all the opportunities, and freedoms you have as an American.  Our freedom did not come free it has been preserved and paid for with the blood of our sons and daughters.

We live in a country built from the diversity of our citizens, a melting pot of traditions and cultures.   We as Americans can all have our own traditions, our own religious beliefs and we can all speak freely because, we are all Americans.  Today we remember and honor those that gave every ounce of life to protect and defend the country we all call America.  Today is their day, but they will not see the parades, they will not hear the speeches but we shall not let them be forgotten because, we are all Americans.

Join your fellow Americans today and remember those that gave their lives for us.  They paid the ultimate price and today we can all pay our respects in our own way, perhaps a silent prayer, a visit to a cemetery, or participation in a parade.  Those we remember today never asked for this day but we can never forget their sacrifice because, we are all Americans.

Written in honor and memory of Keith Allen Miller

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KEITH ALLEN MILLER – He Will Never Be Forgotten

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial

Connecticut Vietnam Memorial

The postings for today and tomorrow are presented in memory and honor of a young marine that never made it home.  He will never be forgotten:

KEITH ALLAN MILLER         Born 5/27/48  –  Died 9/7/67

His name can be found on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC Panel 26E Line 028

He was young, he was strong, he had brothers and sisters, he had dreams, and his life was cut short by enemy fire, but he has never been forgotten.  He is remembered not only on Memorial Day but every day.  He was a classmate and friend.

This song represents the lives of many that never made it home:


After you listen, take a few minutes to reflect on the words and think about men like Keith Miller,  that never returned and what they gave up for you and their country.

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