Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Day 238 - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

Soldiers in Wayne’s brigade want to share their care packages with other MS National Guard units deployed to the Gulf Coast.

According to the NW Mississippi Daily Journal, the suggestion came through SFC Kevin Kelly, our friend whose personal Daily Journal is a vital source of news for families of soldiers stationed at Camp Dogwood with the 150th Brigade Combat Team.
"I would like to see the items shipped to the Coast for the people who don't have anything," he said. "There are also soldiers working day and night there trying to help those in need, and those soldiers probably have needs, too."
New Orleans may have been built in a bowl; but even now, some evacuees find themselves swamped in a low place of the spirit.

History records plenty of high praises sung from low places. Think of the Bible story about Paul and Silas, two original Prison Idols who shook the world singing praises to God during their midnight hour.

Everybody needs a little help sometimes to sing during times of trouble. We’ve asked one of the best songwriters on the web to strut his stuff by writing a special Song to Wear Pants to. Don’t ask me WHAT that means. The songwriter's site claims he can 'make songs in any genre, for free or for money, based on instructions people send me.'

For one tiny example, catch "My Fishcat Went and Ran Away" at the end of this animation.

Well, here goes. We've requested a rally song, almost like a football fight song...something we’ll sing now and remember forever as the song that rebuilt the Gulf Coast!

(Feel free to suggest lyrics in the comment section!)