This memorial website was created in the memory of the bravest person I ever knew. We love and miss him so much!
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jay Michael Hoskins who was born in Texas on January 26th, 1985 and KIA in Afghanistan on August 6th, 2009 at the age of 24.
Please take a moment this Memorial Day 2012, with a moment of silence to honor, thank, praise and remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Words cannot express the loss you feel inside for those who were killed in the line of duty, protecting us. It is our duty to remember those heroes and honor them for the brave men and women they were!
This is not a day to celebrate, it is a day to remember and honor.
Never forget them....
God watch over their families...
We will remember him forever.
Jay, along with three other U.S. Marines, were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb while supporting combat operations in Farah province. He made the supreme sacrifice for his country in the war in the Middle East which began following the September 11, 2001 attacks in America.
Jay leaves behind his loving wife, Chandler McRae Hoskins, a son Tristen and a son, Jay Wyatt, born in January 2010. He was determined to be a wonderful husband and devoted father, which he was.
Jay made such an impact on so many Marines, friends, families and strangers. He will truly be missed. He was an unwavering Christian devoted to his wife, children, family and country. He leaves behind many friends and fellow Marines who are still fighting the war on terror. He, like many others, was a true American hero who did not ask for fame or fortune. We are all here, free today, because many like Sergeant Hoskins have paid the price.
Tribute to Jay- (copy and past link below)
Please remember and pray for all of our troops fighting to protect our freedom and their families awaiting their safe return
For those interested in making a contribution to a worthy cause supporting other troops and their families, please send donations:
In Memory of Sgt. Jay M. Hoskins
1719 North 60th Street
Omaha, NE 68104
Thank you to the L.D. Ruthart and the Paris, Texas Marine Corp League Detachment for getting the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 271 as the Sergeant Jay M. Hoskins Memorial Highway PASSED in the Legislature. TX - SB 1925 5/25/2011 S House passage reported.
Visit Marine Sergeant Jay M Hoskins Marine Corp League Detachment Website
The soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now soldier.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said
"No Lord I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent
Because the world is awfully rough.
But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime.
When the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes God forgive me
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here Lord.
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much
But if you don’t I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now soldier
you’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets;
you’ve done your time in Hell."
Author: Paul Babb