Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are my two favorite holidays, holidays that I have always pretty much enjoyed alone. My wife and the girls favorites are Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Halloween, etc.

These two holidays are my favorites, because twice a year I could sit back and reflect on how grateful I am for all of the freedoms we have in this country that we take for granted. I also like to think about all of the men and women that have at one point in their lives donned fatigues and served this great country. I don't think as Americans we are able to grasp what a sacrifice it is to be in the military, unless you have actually served yourself. I am very grateful that I was able to be in the Air Force for four years.

Linda always understood my deep devotion to those that served our country. To some, me celebrating these two holidays as hollowed days may seem strange. My Linda knew me so well and always supported me and encouraged me in my beliefs.

So today is a little different on Memorial Day. I will go to a service at Oak Hill Cemetery to Honor our soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I will also be honoring my beautiful wife, and cherishing the love that she lavished on me these last ten years.

Please pray for our soldiers still in harms way overseas.


Anonymous said...

I check this regularly to see if you have written anything. Glad to know you are still sooo strong. Continue to be blessed. You and your family.

With Love,


Linda said...

I also check this site everyday I go back and read from the begining and appreciate the friendship I had with Linda. I miss you Linda and Sebastian we are proud of the man you are and thank you for keeping a note here on how your doing.
Linda Applebaum

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Hi Sebastian. Glad to see you on here. We all think about you often...I hope you are doing well considering your loss. Please check out my favorite widow/widowers website for some good-old-fashioned empathy. Its helped me a lot.

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Rick Possert Jr. said...


Love the post brother. Didn't know you were AF. I've been Navy now for 15, and was lucky enough to be part of my town's local Memorial Day Parade. Ironically, the opening ceremony started in the cemetery where Rachel is was beautiful, memorable, and stoic all at the same time. I know you know what I mean. Stay strong bud. You know if you ever need anything, I'm here for ya.

Rick Possert

Robin Strumlauf said...

Sebastian - I also check this site still. Before it was to keep tabs on Linda, now it is to keep tabs on you. I'm glad we have people that take the 'holiday' in a serious manner. Do hope you are doing well and please, continue to post. As we were here to support Linda, we are also here to support you.

christina said...

Hi Sebastian, I wanted to tell you Happy Fathers day, sorry a little late. I hope you guys are doing well.

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Linda Applebaum said...

Thursday will make 4 months since we lost Linda. It still seems like yesterday yet on the other hand it seems so long ago. Everyday was filled with checking in to see how she is doing if she is feeling any better if she had a painful day or if she had some relief. Now it is just a comfort she is no longer suffering but gosh I miss that smile I miss that laugh I miss the positive attitude she showed in the middle of it all. This Thursday at girls night again we will toast you our friend..
We miss you

Anonymous said...

I miss you Linda ~ I wish I can pick up the phone and just say Hi for several hours like we use to.....

chefray said...

Just Remember Linda is watching over all of us each and every day, I am sure she would be happy to send you each a smile.

she was the happiest little baby you have ever seen, and kept that smile her whole life.

love your Brother
Raymond Cordero

Anonymous said...

Missing you on your birthday, and everyday. You are always on my mind and in my heart. Forever, your loving sister

Anonymous said...


I know you are dating again.
It is hard for all of us, but Linda
wanted you to move on..She would
be very pround of you.
Linda I love you so much, and miss
you dearly..Hugs to all who read
Your sister

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My grandfather passed away this week after a extended time with hospice. I found your blog as I searched for the Making Everlasting Memories site and am so glad I ran across it. Your Lynda was right, Sebastian. This is so very therapeutic. I hope that you continue writing. The blog that Linda started and you continued did wonders for my heart today.

Thank you, CAA

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Hi Sabastian. I have been thinking about you and Linda alot. Linda had wanted to come out to see me last Christmas and she never got the chance.I smile when I see the snow I wanted so much to share with her.The decorations remind me of how much Linda loved the season.I can only hope tht as she watches over us that we are giving her a sense of the awe and joy that she brought to our lives.May you be looking down upon us with joy as you bask in the glory of our father. Forever loving you,Maria

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Linda Applebaum said...

I just had to go back and read your words. I miss you so much and think of you often. I know you're watching from above and I know you are proud of your granddaughter she is gorgeous and what a wonderful mom Reanna is. I stay in contact with her on Facebook and run into her from time to time. I know you are proud of your husband he is an amazing man and you have helped him to be the man he is. We love you and miss you and keep watching from above :-)

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Hi Sebastian. You don't know me, but I worked with Linda at Fujifilm years ago. I was going through some old photos and saw some of Linda and remembered what a wonderful person she was. I recently lost my son so I (now) know how important it is to remember our loved ones and to let others know how their loved ones blessed us. Best to you and your family.

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