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In response to: Matthew Lembke Scholarship Fund

Fred Lembke [Visitor]
Dale and Claudia,
This is Fred Lembke, cousin of Matt's grandfather, Ernie Lembke. We would like to extend our sympathy to you in the loss of your son.
We first heard about Matt from Eileen Ordahl.
We are still living on the farm seven miles west of Pembina near where your dad grew up.
Sincerely,
Fred
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/10 @ 09:38

In response to: 2010 Regatta Run, 5K Run/Walk

Marta Smead [Visitor]
The Smead family is looking forward to participating in this fantastic event yet again!
PermalinkPermalink 07/14/10 @ 10:03

In response to: 2010 Matthew Lembke College Scholarships

John (Visitor) [Visitor]
Will the Regatta Run benefitting Matt's Memorial Scholarship Fund be held on Oct 30th this year?
PermalinkPermalink 06/28/10 @ 10:39

In response to: Oregon Local News - July 18, 2009

Jake [Visitor] · http://www.mmpersonalloans.com
This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the excellent work.
PermalinkPermalink 06/27/10 @ 16:46

In response to: 2010 Matthew Lembke College Scholarships

Griff [Visitor]
these look like great kids that will put this scholarship to good use!
PermalinkPermalink 06/22/10 @ 20:16

In response to: Obama Speech about Cpl. Matthew Lembke

manager [Member]
Claudia and Dale,

Thanks for sending this, and thanks to Carolyn for posting it. If you don't mind I may circulate the link at work to all the good people who donated for Fisher house. We collected around $1250 for them, twice as much as most other Denims to Donations months.

Mike

PermalinkPermalink 03/30/10 @ 13:19

In response to: Obama Speech about Cpl. Matthew Lembke

manager [Member]
Dear Claudia, Dale and Carolyn,

Thank you so much for posting this. Matt's memory is evergreen!! This brings back memories of last June and July.
I miss him so much!
Sincere regards and love from the whole family.
Liz Ben-Jumbo
PermalinkPermalink 03/30/10 @ 13:18

In response to: Hawaii Medal of Honor

Priscilla Clark [Visitor]
Wow, I never heard of a state doing this! I'm sorry you all won't be able to make this one, but if plans do change, you all are more than welcome to stay with us. Hope all is well.
Take Care,
The Clark's
PermalinkPermalink 02/06/10 @ 04:43

In response to: Aloha!

Jill Leach [Visitor]
I am so glad you are keeping up Matts site! We love Hawaii! Can't wait to see pictures. We think of your family so much. You are an inspiration to many. Blessings to you all, Jill
PermalinkPermalink 11/16/09 @ 23:04

In response to: Knights of Columbus Ceremonial Induction

Cheryl Marquardt [Visitor]
This is really nice Claudia!!
PermalinkPermalink 10/28/09 @ 12:48

In response to: Injured Marine Thinks of His Fallen Buddy

Terrence Clark, DMd [Visitor]
Dear Claudia and Dale,
I just learned of Matt's passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. My wife and I are serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Singapore, where we have been since the first of July, thus were out of the loop. He was a fine young man and I have the kindest memories of him as a patient at the dental office. He obviously served our country with honor and integrity, giving his greatest sacrifice to the cause of freedom. I wish the news was more focused on the real heros of our country, rather than the politics. I don't know your religious beliefs, and I don't wish to offend in any way at such a sensitive time in your lives, but I would be remiss if I didn't at least tell you I know in my heart, beyond a shadow of doubt, that there is life after life, and Matt lives on in the Lord. Although he will be greatly missed, he is safe and in a better place. I believe you can be together again. I pray for your comfort and love in the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Warm Regards,
Terry
Terrence Clark, DMD
PermalinkPermalink 10/07/09 @ 07:07

In response to: 5K Run/Walk, Pumpkin Regatta

Cheryl Vorhees [Visitor]
Hi Claudia,

Looking forward to this event!! I've been trying to download the registration form and it's not coming up. Is it just me or have you had others that are unable to open it????

Cheryl
PermalinkPermalink 10/06/09 @ 00:09

In response to: 5K Run/Walk, Pumpkin Regatta

Liz [Visitor]
Thanks for keeping us posted Claudia. We miss Matt. Let's continue to trust God in all things.
Love you!
Liz.
for the Ben Jumbo family
PermalinkPermalink 10/02/09 @ 17:26

In response to: Retirement Ceremony, Matt's High School Football Jersey

Claudia [Visitor]
Correction: The game on Oct. 2 actually begins at 7:30.
PermalinkPermalink 09/28/09 @ 10:36

In response to: VFW Dedication Ceremony

Liz [Visitor]
Thanks for posting this Claudia. This is such an honor, and very well deserved too! See you there tomorrow. Sending peace and blessings.
Sincere regards,
Liz for the Ben Jumbo family
PermalinkPermalink 08/25/09 @ 12:14

In response to: VFW Dedication Ceremony

Patti Moore [Visitor]
This is truly a well deserved honor for Matt and the entire Lembke family. We wish we could be there for the ceremony, but we are out of town all week. We plan on visiting the VFW when we return home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincerely,
Tom & Patti Moore
and the family of Jeff Iburg
PermalinkPermalink 08/24/09 @ 12:36

In response to: Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes Article

manager [Member]
From Marianne Hilsdorf:

Dear Claudia, Dale and Carolyn,
Like everyone else I do not know what to say. Your grief has to be beyond words. My son Danny was a friend of Matt's from Hawaii. They deployed together. Danny was in a different part of Afghanistan when Matt was wounded. Danny told me when he heard about Matt. He did not share too much but he did tell me that he and Matt had a conversation about the possibility of getting wounded or dying. Danny said that they were not afraid but knew how difficult it would be on their families. True marines. I hope that Danny tells me more about Matt when he returns. I will continue to pray for all of you that you gain strength from the Lord and each other. I know from what Danny told me that Matt knew the pain you would be in, but yet would want you to celebrate his life.
Sincerely, Marianne Hilsdorf
PermalinkPermalink 08/16/09 @ 07:54

In response to: Update, 8/5/09

Jill Leach [Visitor]
I feel so blessed to have known your son Matt through this blog and our newphew Kyle Mignano. We have had a challenging year and can sympathize with all you have said. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Isn't it a comfort to "know" that you will one day again be with Matt.

Many Blessings, Love Jill Leach
PermalinkPermalink 08/12/09 @ 23:36

In response to: Funeral for Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke

jeff smith [Visitor]
As the time has passed since Matthew’s death, much of the support may have done the same. That support has not passed for me. I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. I am also a parent, a high school teacher and a fellow Catholic. I was there to escort his body from the airport and I was there at the mass, and at Willamette National as well.

I do hope people are still reading on this site. I would like someone to tell Matthew’s parents about the following message I will write. I want them to know their son’s memory and spirit live on in me.

At Willamette National, I was standing above the Marine detail who fired the 21 gun salute with my flag. When they were done firing, the leader went around and picked up some of the shell casings. I am not familiar with this tradition, but watched intently as he brought the casings to the area where the casket was. As I watched him collect the casings, I realized he did not pick up 21.

As the service concluded, the Guard saluted the people leaving the grounds. I found myself to be one of the last people at the cemetery. I thought if that Marine did not pick up all 21 casings, what happens to the remaining casings? I found six casings in the tall grass. To make the story shorter, I drilled a hole in four of them and put a key chain ring through the hole. I gave them to people who appreciate the sacrifice that was made for them to possess one. One of those people was our 12 year-old daughter who has been taught to be grateful to all who serve.

I have one on my key chain and usually touch it first before starting my car. I will not forget Matthew Lembke. I have two left and would love to give them to two people who would treasure such a keepsake.

If you or you know a person who would like one, please let me know. Also please tell Matthew’s parents his memory lives on. Christ was a person who gave his life for others and so was Matthew.

My email address is jeff_smith@beavton.k12.or.us


PermalinkPermalink 08/11/09 @ 22:25

In response to: Funeral for Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke

jeff smith [Visitor]
As the time has passed since Matthew’s death, much of the support may have done the same. That support has not passed for me. I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. I am also a parent, a high school teacher and a fellow Catholic. I was there to escort his body from the airport and I was there at the mass, and at Willamette National as well.

I do hope people are still reading on this site. I would like someone to tell Matthew’s parents about the following message I will write. I want them to know their son’s memory and spirit live on in me.

At Willamette National, I was standing above the Marine detail who fired the 21 gun salute with my flag. When they were done firing, the leader went around and picked up some of the shell casings. I am not familiar with this tradition, but watched intently as he brought the casings to the area where the casket was. As I watched him collect the casings, I realized he did not pick up 21.

As the service concluded, the Guard saluted the people leaving the grounds. I found myself to be one of the last people at the cemetery. I thought if that Marine did not pick up all 21 casings, what happens to the remaining casings? I found six casings in the tall grass. To make the story shorter, I drilled a hole in four of them and put a key chain ring through the hole. I gave them to people who appreciate the sacrifice that was made for them to possess one. One of those people was our 12 year-old daughter who has been taught to be grateful to all who serve.

I have one on my key chain and usually touch it first before starting my car. I will not forget Matthew Lembke. I have two left and would love to give them to two people who would treasure such a keepsake.

If you or you know a person who would like one, please let me know. Also please tell Matthew’s parents his memory lives on. Christ was a person who gave his life for others and so was Matthew.

My email address is jeff_smith@beavton.k12.or.us


PermalinkPermalink 08/11/09 @ 22:22