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Respect For The Fallen in Battle

A few days ago Jerry and I were talking about military service and he related how worried his father was during the second world war because of his sons who were overseas fighting for our country.

“He would sit and stare into space, working his jaw, silent and distressed ” Jerry told me. “He was proud of them, but he worried.” But because of the mercy of God and the throw of fortune, all the sons of William Buxton came home unscathed.

Not every parent is so blessed, for many sons give their lives for their country. Most parents, though unspeakably grieved, are proud of such children. Among them are Robin and Michael Read. But now, the Read family is suing.

It seems that Dan Frazier, without their permission, has printed their son’s name on anti-war shirts he is selling online. They are furious and are contending that Dan Frazier of Flagstaff has no right to profit from commercial sale of products that use the dead soldiers’ names without permission.

The shirts read: Bush lied, they died, and Frazier claims the 1st amendment gives him this free speech protection. Frazier’s attorney, Lee Phillips, says this project is clearly political protection, and is “not done for profit.”

PHOENIX — A Tennessee couple who lost their son in Iraq want an Arizona merchant to pay more than $40 billion in damages to survivors of soldiers whose names are on the anti-war shirts he is selling online.

Our military is comprised of volunteers, so of his own free will, the son of Michael and Robin Read prepared himself for battle. Knowing this, it seems of flagrant disrespect that this fallen soldier’s name would be used on anti-war tee-shirts.


My devotional blog is here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

3 replies on “Respect For The Fallen in Battle”

There you are, Eva–Glad to hear from you.

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you for the sacrifices you have made so that your husband could protect our country. Please let him know how much I value the time and energy he spent in serving us. We owe so much to our military.

Love you all–


Ohhh. That makes me so mad. I agree with Dean.

My husband served his country for 22+ years–willingly to protect this great country and to preserve freedoms. He also missed alot of 1st’s. First steps, first birthdays, etc. But for him and our family–we understood and totally supported him.

There are many other men and women like my husband who so selfishly give–more than most people realize. They too would agree they serve even for this person who is taking these people who have given the utlimate sacrafice and using it against their beliefs and for profit.

I hope the Reed family wins–not just for them, but for all those gallant heroes.

God Bless and have a great day!


There is no limits to the bad taste some people exhibit. The very people who enjoy the freedoms we have, seem to be bent on causing pain to those whose loved ones paid the ultimate price.


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