What is dying?


Bishop Charles Henry Brent

1862 - 1926

I am standing on the sea shore,

A ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. 

She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her, 

Till at last she fades on the horizon,

 And someone at my side says: "She is gone." 

Gone! Where?

Gone from my sight, that is all.

She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars

As she was when I saw her,

And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.

The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her.

 And just at the moment when someone at my side says,"She is gone", 

There are others who are watching her coming,

And other voices take up a glad shout: "There she comes!"

 And that is dying.  

A horizon and just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up, Oh Lord, that we may see further.

Departed VP-17 Family Members- R.I.P.

Emily Crandall

Guy Rettig

Janice Ketchum

Greg Bushnell

Ev Spaulding

Jim Carter

Leo Dete

Oak Osborn

J.T. Jackson

Dan Given

Lynn Byars

Kent Link

Frank Mikusi

"Foggy" Bob Brooks

Jim Patterson

Dave Heath

Betty Jo Heath

Sid Hanisee

Bill Blase

Hoot Gibson

Chuck Embach

Leroy Wood

Jean Schrager

Earl Schrader

Mike Lauermann

LCDR Chuck Emerick

Bill Schrager

Jim Fields

Lonnie "Snake" Stoglin

Harvey "Skip" Etsy - photo needed

Jack Quinn - photo needed







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