Our tears were falling, but you brushed some of them away.
Our hands were empty, but you held them in your own.
Our hearts are breaking, but you embraced us and helped us grieve.
We cannot begin to express our thanks to our family, friends and community for all you have done as we grieve the passing of Lance Corp. Joshua Taylor. The food, cards, flowers, words of comfort, shared tears and support has been tremendous. Your heartfelt prayers for Josh's family, our family and especially for our daughter have been greatly appreciated and we feel the comfort that only our gracious God can give.
We can't begin to name each individual who helped us. Whether you simply stood along the road, waved a flag and shed a tear or visited with us and comforted our hearts or perhaps brought food and sent cards or flowers - we thank you. Your love and generosity did not go unnoticed as the casualty officer from the Marine Corp, Gunnery Sgt. Ice, told us that he has never seen a community support the family and honor the fallen the way that Marietta did.
We would like to thank the Patriot Guard for their support and escort when we brought Josh home and throughout the funeral ceremonies. We thank the Ohio State Patrol, Sheriff's Office, Marietta Police Department and Columbus Police Department for their protection and escort. Thank you to the American Legion and VFW for providing meals after the funeral and for the Marines. The Mothers of Marines and other military mothers were tireless in their effort to provide food, gas cards, lodging, transportation and money to the families and the many Marines who came to be with us. We thank the Caporale, Baldwin, and Stiers families and the Malone Renovation crew for your gracious gifts and support of our daughter, Abbey and our son, Army Specialist Nick Malone who escorted the casket. Thank you to all the churches who brought us food and prayed with us and for us. We thank everyone in the community who donated money, time and gifts as well as the local businesses who donated services, gift cards or money. We thank the United States Marine Corp for standing beside us and grieving with us and to all the young marines from Josh's battalion who came to support us and help lay Josh to rest in a most dignified and honorable manner.
Our daughter no longer has her "man in blue," but she will always know the love, comfort and support of her family, friends and community.
We will not forget ...
Keith, Angela and Abbey Malone and family