Birthday Blast (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

I got lots of greeting on facebook. They are all appreciated, especially one.

 One Really Stands Out

 What an amazing day.  Yesterday, July 23rd, was my birthday.  At 47 I'm pretty low-key about my birthday.  It's always nice to have it acknowledged though.  Wow did that happen!

Facebook friends from all over Southern Colorado, even all over the world posted "happy Birthday" greetings and messages on my facebook wall at

It was really nice when the messages just kept coming in and coming in!  

One really stands out.  It came in on the evening of the 22nd.  At least it was the 22nd here.  But this message was sent by a facebook friend named Dan Rathke.  It was already the 23rd where he Afghanistan.

Dan is a combat engineer, stationed at Fort Carson, serving right now in Afghanistan.  This is a man away at war with a lot on his mind, yet he still took a moment to send me a birthday greeting and a quick message.  I thanked him for the greeting, and more importantly, for what he's doing now on the other side of the world for all of us here.  

So thanks again to all of you for all of the birthday greeting!  They are all appreciated...especially the one from Afghanistan.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward


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