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Happy Independence Day

Posted by arnistx on July 5, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Yesterday was the 4th of July. What a special time for us in the Ballarta family.  Dashiell,my eldest son, just came back from his tour in Afghanistan.  Having a son  in an area where he is exposed to IEDs, shot at from sniper fire,machinegun fire, RPG's, rockets and mortars  brings a special perspective on our celebration of our freedom in United States. As a parent we are always concern how the child we took to soccer, hockey practice, and guided to his first communion can be purposely exposed to danger. Who would know that his high school Russian language studies and commanding hundreds of high school band students on the football field as a drum major would become a prerequisite to a leadership role in Afghanistan.


As Dash put it, "if we expect other sons and daughters to serve in this environment, then why not me?" Now it was my turn to learn from him. He reminded me that in leadership you lead from the front.  He has learned that to be a true leader he must serve his men in order to accomplish the greater mission. He is living the many mantra and lessons of leadership we look at during  business power-point presentations. As a leader he lives, "Duty, Honor, Country."  We are proud to have him back for a little while.


During this 4th of July Independence Celebration we also remember those young men and women who are the future leaders of our great nation. These modern soldiers volunteered to defend our freedom and our way of life. Knowing what is in front of them, these modern day centurions continue to give of themselves. Like those before us they believe in country and the word patriotism. We know the cause is greater than ourselves. Our thoughts and prayers go to our soldiers, their family, and also the many that serve as fireman, policemen, EMTs and all our first responders. Let's not forget the parents, wives, uncles, aunts, grandparents and friends that support our patriots and in raising the next generations of leaders and patriots. God Bless America.



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Reply Charlotte
4:18 PM on July 5, 2009 
Welcome back Dash! We appreciate your service to our country.

Thanks for sharing, Tito Erwin. I saw in one of your posts that you were in Seattle. Next time you are in the area, let us know. We are "only" a 3-hr dirve away.

God bless to all!
Reply Bill, Lisa, Daniel & Joseph Grantham
4:35 PM on July 5, 2009 
Welcome home, Dash. It's a great joy to know you are safely home with your loved ones!
Reply Leo Arrieta
5:36 PM on July 5, 2009 
I know you know you do not remember but your Dad and I use to work together in MIdland, you were a young boy and you use to play with my sons. I just wnatedted to thank you fro your service to Country. I a happy to hear that you are home safe. I know your Dad is very proud of you. I have a son who is completing a 4 year commiment with the Air Force and I too am very proud. I am a 28 year Veteran myself, but I just wantde to say Hi and thank you for your service, GOD BLESS and take care.
Reply Juanice
5:50 PM on July 5, 2009 
I am glad he returned safely and proud for you that he is your son, I know you are proud. God bless.
Reply Allen Clark
7:55 PM on July 5, 2009 
Erwin and Rona, I have an especial interest in your son since he went to my alma mater, West Point. Read about his action in the battle in the Asian Times writeup. He obviously is a man of extraordinary qualities and talents. I am pleased he is home safe and sound.
Reply Jerry Ferguson
8:44 PM on July 5, 2009 
It is good to hear that you have been prayed for and have served with distinction. We are proud of you and all service men. My son is at Loma Linda studying dentistry and will enter active duty when he completes dental school. Let us all pray for peace. Thank you for sharing this information. I also had a nephew who served both in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reply Teatsy Farris
9:41 PM on July 5, 2009 
What wonderful news that your son is back. He and all your family have been in my prayers. God is Good. Thank you for raising such an honorable son and for all the sacrifice your family and others such as yourselves have given so that we may be free. May God continue to bless in all you do.
Reply Amy Lay
11:45 PM on July 5, 2009 
I salute to you, Dash and to you Rhona and Erwin! God bless your family. Thank you for defending our country, and we are proud of you. Enjoy the time with the family.
Reply Auntie Raylene
7:14 AM on July 6, 2009 
Welcome home Dash! Am so proud of you and you are always in my thought and prayers. You have truly touched my heart and I look forward to every newsletter your Mom sends me.
Reply Tito Ruben
8:34 AM on July 6, 2009 
Welcome home Dash! To you and the rest of the team, good work and thank you.
Reply Eric Verzola
10:56 AM on July 6, 2009 
Erwin: Welcome back to Dash! I know how you must feel when I look at my fire team of 6 kids & time goes by & they quickly grow up. Know that you & yours are always in my prayers. I am so happy that I got to know at USMA while he was there. Thanks for allowing me to keep up with Dash & his career in the Army. Please take care.

Major Eric Verzola
Ft. Leavenworth, KS
Reply Benny, Teri and Brittney
2:28 PM on July 6, 2009 
What a memorable fourth of July for you and your family. Our prayers have been answered in the way we want the outcome to be. We are there with you and share in your pride and happiness. And tell our dear inaanak that we will continue supporting him in every way we can. Lots of love and prayers to you all.
Reply Bob
5:32 PM on July 6, 2009 
Welcome back and enjoy your family and the "down time"! As a retired Navy Chief, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country! Stay safe. Thanks Erwin for sharing!
Reply Gary Rayner
7:28 PM on July 6, 2009 
Dash and family,

Sophia and I have prayed for you and your family often and are very relieved that you are back with your family safe-and-sound. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Sophia and Gary.
Reply Roy Fitzgerald jr
4:15 PM on July 7, 2009 
Welcome back Dash! We appreciate what you continue to do for our country. I am proud to know you and your family.
Reply Eve and Monet Ortaliz
1:38 AM on July 8, 2009 
Welcome home, Dash! Thanks for serving our country. We're so proud of you and been praying for you. More blessings to the Ballarta Family!
Reply Bill McGrath
9:59 PM on July 8, 2009 
Welcome home Dash. You had a lot of people praying for you.
And thank you for your service to our country. You did an important job and did it honorably.

Tuhon Bill McGrath
Pekiti-Tirsia International
Reply Gil Mangona
10:10 PM on July 8, 2009 
WELCOME HOME.... Dash!!! We are sure glad and happy to know you are back home and safe, completed your tour of duty. We look forward to see you again... Uncle Gil, Auntie Pamela, and Leigh Anne
Reply Mike & Jo Anne Santiago
11:50 AM on July 12, 2009 
Hi Dash,
Welcome home and thank you for the service you have provided for your country. I know you are glad to finally be home with family and friends. I know your family is very proud of you and God's blessings to you and the family.
Reply Richard & Bertha Farias
8:31 AM on July 14, 2009 
Welcome back Dash. Thank you for your service and our prayers are with you and all the troops of our armed forces. I know as friends of your dad that we are really proud of what you do and I can only imagine how your parents feel. As a father, I can't imagine being away from my little girl for a little while so take care of yourself and God Bless.