Andy Anderson
(1982-2006)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY  / Xiomara Mena (mother)


My beloved son,


Today once again marks on our calendars, your birthday. Today, here on Earth, to all your loved ones, you would have turned 27 years old, 27 years of life. But, in Heaven with Jesus Christ you will be fulfilled with eternal life. How fortunate that today, on your birthday, you will beside the most special, Our God. How I wish you were along side your loved ones. You should see how everyone's life has changed so much, Rafy and Randy are Afghanistan, and me here contently worrying about them. But I have to think about how God has everything under control, like when you were there, far away. I miss you a lot, and you more than anyone know, this is a day that hurts so much for me, because I feel you should be here; seeing you very established in life, perhaps married with children (a boy or a girl) :-) But, our destinies are programmed by God. There are days that are super bad for me, and there are days that one has to put on a mask, in order not to worry anyone, like today. I remember the day you were born, that little precious face that gave me that sweet smile, that silky hair you were born with and your skin, so golden brown, absolutely precious!! I remember the doctors saying you would be short in height, and as it turns out, you were tall, dark and handsome. Any girl's wish would be to have a man like you by her side. As always, as your mom, I was so proud of you and your brothers. I remember your first steps, and when you learned to run. Since you were young, you liked playing with sports balls, that's when we knew you were destined to be a great athlete. I was so proud as I watched you on the basketball court and the football field. It came to mind the time you had the accident and injured your hand. That last football game of the season was near and you were heartbroken you couldn't play. You took off your cast behind my back and went to the game and played. You ended up catching the ball for a touchdown! Oh son, so many memories to treasure deep in my heart. I have locked them up there, and preserve them deep inside. I also remember your graduation day, your prom, and the day I dropped you off at college. When we left you there, I cried all the way home because I realized you were becoming a man with responsibilities. And, I remember how I would drive all the way there just to bring you groceries. My dear son, the memories are many. I don't think I could live without them. I give thanks to God that they are good and sweet memories that left behind. Thank you, son, for making me the most proud mom in the world. I thank God for giving me the privilege of choosing me to be your mom, what a pleasing privilege it was. Today we celebrate your life, that life that today you celebrate at God's side, your creator, our creator. Happy birthday, beloved son.


Love you always,
Mom
Beloved Son  / Xiomara Mena (Mother)
The angels came in the blink of an eye, I never got to say goodbye.I didn't know there would come a day, When you would have to go away. I guess I'd always just assumed, I'd have forever to spend with you. But forever came the day you died, Leaving me to cry and cry. I can not let you go so young, You will always be my baby son. One day I'll get to hold you again, When my time here is to an end. Until that day I need you to know, That I will ALWAYS love you so.... Love Always, Mommy.



The other side  / Xiomara Mena (Mother)


The Other Side

I'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
Left my skin and bones behind
now I'm over on the other side.

Can you feel me there with you?
My breath is gone but I'm not through.
Loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

I can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
Tell em all I did not die.
I'm just over on the other side.

It's good here on the other side.
The sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
Thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

I can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
Tell em all I did not die.
I'm just over on the other side

The world is smaller than a needle's eye.
Where life and death softly divide.
When you leave your skin and bones behind
I'll be waiting on the other side.

I can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
Go tell em all I did not die.
I'm just over on the other side. 


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Memorial Day  / Daren Payne   Read >>
Memorial Day  / Daren Payne
To the entire Anderson family and all the loved ones, friends and fellow Soldiers of CPL Anderson I just want to let you all know, as a former Steel Spike Soldier myself that you are not forgotten on this Memorial Day or any other day for that matter. Not a day goes by that you are not thought of or prayed over. CPL Anderson was a great young man, terrific Soldier and a budding future leader taken from us too early. He and his family will ALWAYS be remembered by Engineer Soldiers everywhere and Steel Spike Soldiers of the 46th Engineer Battalion in particular. Thank you so much for your sacrifice for our country and remember you are NEVER forgotten. STEEL SPIKE! LTC Daren Payne (46th EN BN 1992-95, 2005-07) Close
Thank you for your service!  / Aubrey Anthony   Read >>
Thank you for your service!  / Aubrey Anthony
To the family of Cpl Andy Anderson, Today I was driving home and I was behind a car with a decal on the back of it that said "In Loving Memory of Cpl Anderson". Curious to understand what type of person puts a decal tribute on the back of the car, I googled the name and found this site. I was so touched by the love for Cpl Anderson on this website and how proud your family is and I learned exactly who puts a tribute on their vehicle. As an Army brat and the wife of a deployed Marine, I just wanted to say thank you for this ultimate sacrifice and for serving our country. HOORAH! Close
I HAVE A PLACE IN HEAVEN  / ANETTE ORTIZ (AUNT)  Read >>
I HAVE A PLACE IN HEAVEN  / ANETTE ORTIZ (AUNT)
Please don't sing sad songs for me Forget your grief and fears For I am in a perfect place Away from pain and tears... It's far away from hunger And hurt and want and pride I have a place in Heaven With the Master at my side. My life on earth was very good As earthly life can go But Paradise is so much more Than anyone can know... My heart is filled with happiness And sweet rejoicing too. To walk with God is perfect peace A joy forever new. “If the person we love are taken from us the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn people die but real love is forever.” Andy we love you and you will never be forgotten Love Tia Anette Close
Memories / Charles Smith (cousin)  Read >>
Memories / Charles Smith (cousin)

Andy

There are so many things I want to say but there isn't enough room in this text box.  I remember the late nights when you would cook burritos and put mayo and ketchup on top what an acquired taste. I have learned and obtained so many positive qualities from you. Andy you were a major influence in my life and I want to thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Andy you were my friend cousin mentor and role model. I will miss you forever but I will see you again .

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
-Mahatma Gandhi


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DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)  Read >>
DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)
"Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow; I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain; I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush; I am in the graceful rush. Of beautiful birds in circling flight I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom I am in a quiet room. I am the birds that sing I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there. I did not die." ~Mary Frye (1932)~ Close
THANK YOU !!!  / Tava White (:-))  Read >>
THANK YOU !!!  / Tava White (:-))

I miss you- We miss you. There’s not a day that goes by and we don’t think of you. So they say “what don’t kill you- only makes you stronger"…well I guess Xiomara must be the worlds strongest woman because I only know the emptiness that I feel- and can only imagine the love of the mother & how she must feel… Andy when you left you left foot prints upon sooo many hearts. You have inspired and touched so many- and still do so every time each one of us shares our stories of you. The legacy you leave behind is out of this world- I am just sooo blessed to have had the opportunity to have played my part and for this I am forever thankful!

Tay

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Missing you...  / Pety Lopez (Friend)  Read >>
Missing you...  / Pety Lopez (Friend)
Miss you Andy.. It sucks not having my friend to gossip with exchange stories or just stay quiet on the phone with.. I miss you so much buddy.. But knowing your in a better place keeps me sane and I can't wait to see you again. xoxo Close
To Andy  / Luis Ruiz (cousing)  Read >>
To Andy  / Luis Ruiz (cousing)
Hello andy I am sorry I am writting a little late I being so busy at work, but anyways I don't want to talk about my job I want to said that I was in virginia for your annyversity and I got to said what a day I had so much I also seen people that I haven't seen in a while and they already beat by having kids wow I got to get me a girl cuz I am getting old I going to be almost 30 years old can you believe that I can't. Also my nephew andy and gabriel have funn 2 they thought that phillip was a real basketball player but make them believe that your nephew 2 they had so much funn I can wait for next year. And cuz you should be proud to have a mom like my tia xiomara please you been heaven please protect her and our family. We all miss you so much and still can't believe you gone but I had to wake up and face reality. Well cuz I love you miss you and will see soon. Your cousing Luis Ruiz P.S. Tell my mom I said hi also that I love her and miss her so much that only memory I had from her is saying hi to me in the hospital in Panama. Thanks cuz love you both. Miss you miss you Close
3rd year Aniversary in Heaven  / Xiomara Mena (Mother)  Read >>
3rd year Aniversary in Heaven  / Xiomara Mena (Mother)
My beloved son, today marks on our calender another year without you, unbeliveable how time passes so fast, I've been so busy putting your second annual basketball tournament together. It was so nice and so successful. I saw all your high school classmates, everybody was so happy just to be there for you and to honor you. Phllip won the MVP trophy. We had the most wonderful time honoring you. A lot of people were just talking about you and remembering the times they've had with you. I felt so happy that all our family from out of town came just to be here for you. My son, I miss you so much but I know God doesn't make mistakes and you're in heaven looking down on us and pleased with today's event. Everybody helped out for your special day, even a mother of another fallen soldier, my friend Paula. I know you've probably met Justin in heaven already, he also gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I thank God for your life my beloved son, you always will hold forever a special place in my heart. At the candlelight vigil, so many people accepted the Lord, you are still making an impact in peoples' lives, even in your after life. You are my pride Andy, and also daddy's pride and Rafy and Randy is also very proud of you . Your nephews talk of you all lthe time, they say 'my uncle Andy.' Thank you son for your love, I'm so glad that God chose me to be your mom.

God bless you in heaven.
Love forever,
Momma


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Gone but not forgotten  / Montigo White (Friend)  Read >>
Gone but not forgotten  / Montigo White (Friend)
Andy, Today I remember you. Not only as my brother in arms but as the friend i shared many laughs on our barracks balcony or riding around Alabama. I even think about our battles on the court or on the football field. I visited you last week and will take my moment of silence for you today. Gone but not forgotten. Close
A Soldier  / Anette O. (Aunt)  Read >>
A Soldier  / Anette O. (Aunt)
There is discipline in A Soldier you can see it when he walks, There is honor in A Soldier you hear it when he talks. There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes, There is loyalty in A Soldier that he will not compromise. There is something in A Soldier that makes him stand apart, There is strength in A Soldier that beats from his heart. A Soldier isn't a title any man can be hired to do, A Soldier is the soul of that man buried deep inside of you. A Soldier's job isn't finished after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week, A Soldier is always A Soldier even while he sleeps. A Soldier serves his country first and his life is left behind, A Soldier has to sacrifice what comes first in a civilian's mind. If you are civilian - I am saying this to you..... next time you see A Soldier remember what they do. A Soldier is the reason our land is 'Home of the free', A Soldier is the one that is brave protecting you and me. If you are A Soldier - I am saying this to you..... Thank God for EVERY SOLDIER Thank God for what YOU do! Close
Heaven She Needs a Hug  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)  Read >>
Heaven She Needs a Hug  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)
Heaven send Andy as an Angel down from above, To show Her which way to go, and shower Her with his love, Heaven send Andy as an Angel because his help is needed, so She can fight this battle, without being defeated, Heaven send Andy as an Angel to carry Her in his arms, to keep Her away from all saddness and give Her happiness Heaven send Andy as an Angel to wipe Her tears away, Because She cries everyday, Heaven send Andy as an Angel down from above, Because Heaven, She really needs a Hug. Close
Heaven She needs a Hug  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)  Read >>
Heaven She needs a Hug  / Anette Ortiz (Aunt)
Heaven send Andy as an Angel down from above, To show Her which way to go, and shower Her with his love, Heaven send Andy as an Angel because his help is needed, so She can fight this battle, without being defeated, Heaven send Andy as an Angel to carry Her in his arms, to keep Her away from all saddness and give Her happiness Heaven send Andy as an Angel to wipe Her tears away, Because She cries everyday, Heaven send Andy as an Angel down from above, Because Heaven, She really needs a Hug. Close
Never Forget!  / Misty(sister Cpl. Rusty Washam)   Read >>
Never Forget!  / Misty(sister Cpl. Rusty Washam)




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Never Forget!  / Misty(sister Cpl. Rusty Washam)   Read >>
Never Forget!  / Misty(sister Cpl. Rusty Washam)


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Light a Candle  / Xiomara Mena (Mom)  Read >>
Light a Candle  / Xiomara Mena (Mom)
Light a Candle

Light a candle for those we mourn.
Into a new life they will be born.
Do not look for them at the gravesite.
They are somewhere else radiating their beautiful light.
They have gone to a new world where there is no darkness, no pain.
Their light and essence will always remain.
Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place.
They are free to travel through time and space.
When we think of them, they are near.
When we sit in a beautiful garden. Their voices we hear.
When we listen to a divine symphony,
We close our eyes, their faces we see.
Light a candle for they have not really gone.
With each flickering flame,
In your hearts they will always belong.



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Andy / Andy Is A. Hero (A Friend )  Read >>
Andy / Andy Is A. Hero (A Friend )
Andy
You are a hero to me
and to many others she can't see
but it doesn't seem to ease her pain
it doesn't ever soften the strain
her beautiful eyes will never dry
they will always gaze up for you in the sky
looking to where your soul floats above
looking to connect with the deep bonds of love
and while sweet, the linger of your laugh can cause her tears
but the way you smiled and loved took away her fears
and the absence of you there
seems more than she can bear
on days that don't seem to end
she just wants her beloved friend
the one she raised to stand so tall
the one she never dreamed would fall
but I know you're up there saying
Momma just keep on praying
I love you the same if not more
and when it's your time, I'll be at the door
to welcome you to this loving place
where prayers sent up are like notes of grace
I see you tend to my place of rest
You send me your love, and it's still the best
when you talk to me I hear
and I try to calm your fear
I know that this is so hard for you
but more than anything, I want you to press through
because you raised me to do what was right
and I was honored to take on this fight
I was doing what I did best
and now I lay among the rest
of the fighting heroes that heeded the call
who help make this country the best of all
so when your days won't seem to end
just remember how you were my first friend
the first person who filled my heart with love
and I will always be putting my arms around you
from my heavenly place up above.
So Momma, keep saying those prayers for me
and remember that I can still see
that you honor me with every waking breath
and I thank you and love you from every depth
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