Sleepy Hollow recognizes your companions, who have passed on.
We know they are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge.
Tributes to Our Loving Companions
Sent to The Grand Rapids Press and WOOD-TV HONORING MARINE VETERANS AND BEYOND Marines and family members of H Co. 2nd Bn. 26th Marines would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the kindness and generosity shown to us by the Animal Emergency Hospital and Sleepy Hollow Crematorium in the Grand Rapids area. On Memorial Day afternoon, our Company Marine English Bulldog, “Sgt. Major Al”, began showing signs of stress. A few hours later, Al had passed away. We were staying at Clifford Lake in Montcalm County. No local veterinarians were open due to the holiday. Four Marines accompanied Al to the Animal Emergency Hospital in Grand Rapids. The staff was very courteous and compassionate. The receptionist, Rachel, and veterinarian, Dr. Lamb, shed some tears upon hearing our story. We all agreed we were fortunate to be dealing with such professional and caring people. We were told Al would be kept overnight and transported to Sleepy Hollow Crematorium in Byron Center. Upon calling the next day, Al's owners were told by the staff at Sleepy Hollow how they had heard the story of Al and us Marines and that because Al was our Marine Bulldog, they were giving him a special memorial service with dignity and respect. They also placed Al's ashes in a handcrafted wooden urn with Al's picture in his dress blues. They are also creating a garden stone in memory of Sgt. Major Al. The staff at Sleepy Hollow waived all costs. The Animal Emergency Hospital employs an outstanding staff as well demonstrated by Dr. Lamb who paid for Al's hospital services herself. Over the Memorial Day holiday, H Company Marines gather in Stanton, Michigan to honor and pay respects to our fallen brothers of H Co. who paid the ultimate price, their life, fighting for our Country during the Vietnam War. Marines and family members come from all over the United States for our Memorial Day services. This was our tenth year of honoring our fallen brothers at our monument located at Bookwalter Motor Sales in Stanton. I am blessed to live in the heartland of Michigan. For the past 10 years, the people of Michigan have welcomed, honored and have given their “thank you's” to my fellow combat Marine survivors and their families. The Animal Emergency Hospital with Dr. Lamb and the Sleepy Hollow staff are such examples of the patriotism and caring that exists in the heartland of Michigan. Thank you Dr. Lamb and Sleepy Hollow staff. Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) Thomas Crites H Co. 2nd Bn. 26th Marines 5th Mar Div, Vietman 1966-1970
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that was loved by someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and whn you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face: your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from you life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
~ Author Unknown