Lonely Eagles




 For some in this room it may have been many years since you last wore a military uniform, while others may have never served in the profession of arms. Irrespective of how you may have served your country, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who have answered our nation’s call over the years and have served the cause of freedom in a various ways.

Imagine if you will a table, set for six, but vacant. The empty places representing American service personnel still missing from each of the five services — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard; and civilians.

I ask that you to join me in a moment of silent prayer, as we honor our POWs, MIAs & KIAs, and our current service personnel as wll as our chapter’s Lonely Eagles. In so doing, we recognize that they are with us this evening in spirit.

So therefore, let us now raise our water glasses as we make 3 toasts.

The 1st toast being to honor America’s POWs and MIAs and to the success of our continuing efforts to account for them; to them and for them, I say HERE, HERE;

The 2nd toast is to honor our nation’s fallen heros and current civilians and military forces engaged in the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world; to all of them I say HERE, HERE.

The final toast is to honor and respect our own little band of brothers & sisters who have earned their final set of wings and have gone on before us to become Lonely Eagles.


To all of our Lonely Eagles, we say HERE, HERE.

May God grant us grace, that in pain we find comfort, in sorrow hope, and in death resurrection.

Thank you.







2 Responses to “Lonely Eagles”
  1. Steve Giuliano says:

    S.Giuliano U.S A. F 1969-1975 I served in the Viet Nam era. Could you send me the names of the Org. Tuskegee Airmen No one seems to know when I ask. Great job of educating our youth.and adults as well.

    • vince says:

      Dear S. Giuliano.

      The names of all the PILOT GRADUATES from the Tuskegee Flight School may be obtained from the appendix of the book Black Knights – The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen, by Lynn M. Holman and Thomas Reilly. NOTE: This list DOES NOT include the names of all individuals who PARTICIPATED IN the Tuskegee Airmen pilot training program or support operations and are considered Tuskegee Airmen by virtue of their various areas of service. Individuals who have documented proof that they participated in the Tuskegee Airmen experience are also called “Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs).”

      For historical photographs or information regarding the Tuskegee Airmen including a comprehensive listing of all Tuskegee Airmen, contact: Maxwell Air Force Base by e-mail at afhranews@maxwell.af.mil or write the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 36112-6424.

      Thanks for your interest in and support of the Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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