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David Archuleta, Dan Clark, Jason Hewlett and Dean Kaelin ~ Military Tribute Tour Through Middle East Marches ON!

Posted by Angelica on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Credit NSA Bahrain

Little did we know when David left for this Military Tribute Tour to the Mid East that we would be the recipients of such an outpouring of updates. No, not from him so much, but apparently, he has people for that. We have been gifted with heart-wrenching, humorous, humbling blogs to laugh and cry over, photos to smile and sigh over, and even the snippet heard round the world of David singing “Bring Him Home.”

Credit Dan Clark/Enhanced audio by JR4DA

Maybe hardened soldiers can withstand the full impact of his voice on that song, but it is probably a mercy that his fans did not receive the full report. We are better prepared now and can anticipate the song with something close to aplomb. Hah!

We have received so much that the previous thread, which I thought would easily hold the contents of the entire trip, has become heavier than a C-17 cargo plane to load. So this thread is a much needed additional transport for supplies and we will see how far this one takes us.

There is a single thought I come away with from everything we have seen up to this point on this journey. It was brought home to me, everything I had read on the blogs, every picture, every tweet of this trip by a single photo taken by Jason Hewlett on the way to Afghanistan. The picture below (edit mine) snapped on the plane of the combat boots worn by the soldiers. The nameless, faceless, heroes. The men and women whose feet are ready to march off to hell if need be to keep the world free.

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Please click on the link below to give them your thanks and a big thank you to Holly and FOD for organizing this for the fans as a way to give back.

http://fansofdavid.com/thanks-to-the-troops-project-from-friends-of-david-archuleta-worldwide

Also, here again are the links to 3D and J.

David Archuleta Instagram

Jason Hewlett The Entertainer

Jason Hewlett Entertainment

Dan Clark Public Figure

Dean Kaelin FB

A big thank you to them for going into harm’s way to bring hope and laughter to where it is needed most. Vaya con Dios. We are amazed by your generosity of spirit to carry this act of love to the troops, and for taking us all along for the ride.

73 Responses to “David Archuleta, Dan Clark, Jason Hewlett and Dean Kaelin ~ Military Tribute Tour Through Middle East Marches ON!”

  1. Abrra said

    Thanks for the new thread Angelica.

    I had the same impression as you when I saw the boots. We don’t know who is wearing them. We only know why they wear them. And by virtue of where they are going, we consider them as heroes. I love your sepia tone edit of the boots picture. It could have been taken in or 1941 or 2014. It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the soldiers through out time continue to volunteer to protect our country’s safety and freedoms.

    It’s wonderful that Holly is willing to take on this task to help with packages for the troops.
    A reminder : “The new flat-rate box is 50 percent larger than the current Priority Mail package and it will be delivered for $10.95 to an APO/FPO address — $2 less than for domestic destinations.” USPS Public Affairs

    A screen cap from Dan Clark’s video

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    David has them all under his Archu-spell!

    Abrra

  2. bluesky4home said

    DA just goes from one service to another. But what an opportunity. We wondered what huge venue, songs, publicity, etc. might wrap around his first public performances when he returned. Who could have guessed it would be this? But how right it feels.

    Dear DA: just go where your heart leads. We knew the journey would be unique, because you are. Thanks for keeping us in the unexpected, the new, the amazing world of your song. Other performers strive to fill all of those adjectives, to “tick” all of those boxes. You do it just by following your heart. And the lights, music, and fireworks are in the daily breath of your passionate soul. Thank you once again, for taking me on this journey with you.

  3. tawna21 said

    Angelica, the top photo is haunting. It’s so true what you, and Abrra, have said about these boots being filled by heroes. Their names and faces may be unknown to us, but their hearts are not. They have the same desire for freedom that we do. They have answered a call to help protect and defend that freedom. We owe them all the allegiance and respect that we can muster up.

    Thank you for the links.

  4. bluesky4home said

    Because you stretch yourself to seek and mend the souls of all mankind – of all you meet – —- I can’t even explain what I want to say.

    I used to try to explain how when you sing, there is a relinquishing, a ledge, a cliff, that you step off of, a surrendering to the promise of arms and wind and embrace that will deliver not only the message, but your heart as well. Well. Yes. And now you do it not only in song, but in your live choices. That is the difference. It is complete. Not just a job: A life.

  5. jans11 said

    Nice post, Angelica! And the comments are so on the money, I so agree. I have racked my brain on what I feel when David sings, it’s just electrifying, hard to explain, so I give up and enjoy! As well, enjoying the ride I’m on, although right now not liking the danger he’s in. Glad that we have received so many blogs and photos informing us all what’s going on, it makes it easier to except. Maybe it makes it easier for them too, by telling us what’s going on.

    David sure is an enigma all right, he is so good at doing the unexpected! Just praying the 4 will be safe and return to us for some new surprises! They are doing a very giving thing for our armed forces that also give their all to protect their loved ones and our country. God bless them, I’m so proud of them all! If everyone acted like our heroes, there never would be war!

  6. Abrra said

    Off topic ! The most amazing things show up overnight on Twitter & FAcebook. David with some folks in Costa Rica.

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    Cristina Araya July 7
    Estamos con David Archuleta ..! Grabando para su video en Costa Rica…!!!!!
    We are with David Archuleta…! Recording for his video in Costa Rica…!

    Bluesky
    I love your words. You feed our quote box :)

    Abrra

  7. lani said

    I love the tone and respect of the moderators and posters on this site. Kudos to all of you!

    David,

    How can we not love and admire you more? You are amazing!!!!! ( for lack of a better word )

  8. betsy said

    They are a Band of Brothers, is how I see them, these wartime entertainers/good people/brave souls.
    It does my heart good to see all of this. ♥

    Every holiday season (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween) we donate our stores’ leftover candy to our troops. There is always
    a lot, and we have been doing it at almost every store since the beginning of the wars. The
    VFW picks it up, packages it, then ships it off. They do this voluntarily. Just out of the goodness
    of their hearts.

    I remember years ago, my son told me that someone donated an entire pallet of girl scout cookies.
    His goal that week was to try to keep them from melting lol. It was pretty hot in Bahgdad.
    He never forgot how it made them feel to receive something from home, from strangers; something familiar.

  9. bebereader said

    David had a mini Twitter party this morning:

    9:05 pm in the Middle East
    at 82 degrees

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie · 18m

    Found internet. Been performing for the troops in Afghanistan. Wow, it’s amazing!!

    Carson Heath ‏@carsonheath Jul 15

    Thanks to @DavidArchie for visiting us in Afghanistan. It means a lot! 🇺🇸 #DavidArchuleta pic.twitter.com/KuUsOMqJc4

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie · 10m

    @carsonheath Thank you, kind sir. It was a special night for us visiting your camp!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie · 8m

    Awesome things like this “@carsonheath: Thanks to @DavidArchie for visiting us in Afghanistan. It means a lot!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie · 5m

    likewise for us! Thank you for having us and for coming!
    Wilyanti Angelina ‏@angelalalo 37m

    @DavidArchie heeyy David did you still remember about 3years ago. Jakarta? Concert? Yep, today, this date!! Come back to Indonesia, pleasee!

    David ArchuletaVerified account ‏@DavidArchie

    @angelalalo of course I do! You bet I will be back in Indonesia in the future!

  10. ray said

    lani can,t agree with you moe, he just gives and givs and gives some more,fingers not working with brain today lol

  11. Angelica said

    From Dean Kaelin’s Facebook:

    Well, I have received permission to tell at least some of what we’re doing. We left Kuwait on a C-17. It was pretty amazing to see them load equipment into the belly of this huge plane that we were sitting in along with about 60 soldiers that were all being sent to somewhere in Afghanistan.
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    It was quite humbling to see the demeanor of all of these soldiers who were being sent to an area with the potential of being in harm’s way.

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    We had to fly south in order to go around Iran since we are not allowed to fly over Iran air space. Once we entered Afghan air space we went “Red Light” in order to be less visible as occasionally these planes are shot at. We traveled with battle gear that weighed maybe 35 pounds. We arrived at Bagram air base in the Northeast of Afghanistan and within 10 minutes of our arrival there was an alarm indicating that a mortar had been launched by Afghan rebels into the base, which I guess happens fairly regularly. Apparently the rebels aren’t very accurate with their shooting. They just lob them in the direction of the base and hope they hit something. The housing here was closer to what I had expected to see rather than the “country clubs” we had stayed in at Bahrain and Kuwait. Our housing is more like really bad college dorm housing with the bathroom down the hall and two of us to a room.

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    The perimeter of the air base is 12 miles. The base is entirely encircled with tall cement walls and razor wire.

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    No one leaves the base unless they are on a mission; it is too dangerous outside the perimeter.
    The air base is the largest in Afghanistan and it is entirely encircled by mountains that go as high as 20,000 feet. This is the same mountain range that connects to the Himalayas and there was still visible snow on the tops of the highest mountains. We are at over 4500 feet above sea level so it is not as hot as Bahrain or Kuwait, but it is still plenty hot. It is lovely in the morning, but the winds gradually pick up throughout the day and it is quite windy and dusty by the afternoon and evening. In the winters it is quite cold.
    We toured the base and got a special tour of the detention center where Afghan terrorists are detained, tried and sentenced. In the evening we came back and did a show for all of the MPs at the detention center. The concert was under a tent and the wind was really whipping outside. Jason made the comment, “This is the first time I’ve ever done a show in a tent, or a hurricane!”

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    They were really appreciative of the show. It meant a lot to them to have us there and help them escape the stress, uncomfortable weather and occasional boredom of their situation as well as being away from their families.
    One young man announced that his wife just gave birth to their first child, a son, and he was going to be in Afghanistan for another 10 months. It was a very tender experience. They all stayed after to talk and get pictures. One dad had written “Hi Sarah” on a sign and had David hold it while he got his picture taken with David so that he could send it home to his daughter who was a fan. More when I can.

  12. Angelica said

    Ok, now I need to cry but I’m at work.

  13. MT said

    It’s so scary to read all that. At least David’s little twitter party lets us know they’re okay and they’re keeping spirits high. I’ll be glad when they’re home.

    Hoping and praying they can ALL come home soon. :(

  14. djafan said

    Bringing this from previous thread.

    Tawna21 said.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM
    Thank you all for your loving words. ♥

    ((((hugs))))

  15. Wow! What can I say right now. Since I am bawling my head off it is difficult to see what I am even writing! I only hope I can hear David sing the entire song, “Bring Him Home” someday! The whole experience is
    warming my heart in such a special way. I love David so much and am so thrilled to see him blessing the lives of our cherished service men and women.

    My love to all,

    Pattirae

  16. djafan said

    Oh my gosh Pattirae!!! Yes, we must hear “Bring Him Home” all of it. The love and pride grow every day. So nice to see you, Love you ♥

  17. tawna21 said

    Let’s just see how long David holds out on ‘giving’ us “Bring Him Home”! :D He’s gotta know (I’m sure Jason has told him) how we’re all wringing our hands in anticipation of it!

    MT, “Hoping and praying they can ALL come home soon. :( ” Me Too!!

  18. SandyBeaches said

    My son’s life was in grave danger today and the outcome is still not clear.

    Near that time two angels appeared over my left shoulder, truly they were there, Elder Dulyk of Utah and Elder Dupen of Alberta who prayed for him.

    Much more on their visit very soon.

    SB

  19. tawna21 said

    SB, prayers for your son. Please share your story. It sounds like a very heartwarming one.

  20. SandyBeaches said

    Tawna, we are going back to the hospital soon.

    Thank you for your prayers, they will help him through the night.

    The Elders are returning tomorrow. I told them that they had saved the day. They were there for something that should be noted. I will be writing about it.

    SB

  21. djafan said

    SB, Praying for your son and you and those treating him. ((hugs))

  22. skydancer1x said

    SB,keeping your son and you in my thoughts and praying all will be well.♥

  23. sweetonda said

    Tawna, so sorry about your dad. It’s hard when our parents depart from us in this life. May you feel all the prayers that are being said in your behalf.

    SB, I hope all will be well with your son. I’m praying for a good outcome and that you and your family will feel strengthened during this trying time.

    ((((((((((Hugs))))))))))) to both of you!

  24. bluesky4home said

    Praying for you SandyBeaches… <3

  25. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you so much. I believe that the long distance prayers are so helpful.

    I just want to get through this night. :)

    SB

  26. SandyBeaches said

    Yes, “Bring Him Home”…how appropriate. Thanks David.

  27. ray said

    my prayers are with you sb, god bless

  28. SandyBeaches said

    Thank you ray! So appreciated…

  29. lynnella said

    SB – God truly sends angels to help. Yesterday I was in Indiana, I live in Kentucky, taking a friend to the grocery. It’s just across the river. We ate lunch and went to leave and my car wouldn’t start. I didn’t know who to call, since I don’t live around there. I don’t have a cell phone so I walked across the street to a Walgreen’s to use their phone and see if anyone knew who I should call. I prayed for God to send someone to help me, and there was a very nice older gentleman in the drugstore who heard me talking to the cashier. He offered to take me to a Big O up the street and if they wouldn’t send someone he offered to use his AAA card to have my car towed up there so they could fix it. I just stood there in awe at how quickly my prayer was answered. But the real sign it was from God, the man’s name was Moses. When he told me that, I just laughed. I told him I had prayed for God to send someone, but never dreamed it would be Moses. It turns out my car was okay, I just had forgotten to swipe the card that unlocks the ignition so I can start it. I was distracted by my friend’s conversation. Lesson learned, God always answers prayer. What a blessing Moses was. I’m sure God sent those Elders too, just when you needed them. I pray that everything will go well with your son and that you are comforted by the knowledge that God is watching over him.

    Lynne

  30. Angelica said

    SB, I will be praying for you and your son. ((big hug))

  31. Lynnella…a lovely story, thanks so much for passing it along and his name was Moses.

    My son is hopefully settled in the hospital for the night but I am still afraid to go to sleep. That is how it goes.

    We had just returned from the hospital this afternoon and we were sitting in the car in the driveway. They Elders came up to my door and startled me. But it was the timing that made the impression. I showed them a picture of David with an angel in the corner of the picture. They have about one month left before home.

    Angelica, thank you! It will be the prayers that will make a difference. I have seen that happen.

    SB

  32. jans11 said

    Sorry to hear about your son, SB. Praying for you and your son that all will be ok. The elder angels are so comforting as I had them show up right after David came home, my job was closing down and I was having some personal problems. Everything got ironed out and I ended up cutting their hair. Miracles never cease! Like I said before, I never knew so much goodness would happen when I started following David!

    Lynne, great “moses” story! :)

    Pattirae, good to see you, hope all is well. ♥

  33. bebereader said

    {{{{{{SandyBeaches}}}}}

    Keeping your son in my thoughts, praying that he will be well.

  34. angelofdja said

    Thinking of you {{{Tawna}}} and {{{SandyBeaches}}} God Bless you both!

  35. Abrra said

    SB

    Keeping your son in my prayers.

    Abrra

  36. Abrra said

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    jacob__richmond
    19 hours ago
    I’m probably the most non photogenic person. #bleh #davidarchuletta #singer #music #live #concert #deployed #support

    jacob__richmond Hah. He seemed pretty excited to come all the way overseas to support us.

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    Ian @Grice_Ian · 3h
    @DavidArchie awesome show man and it means a lot thanks! #merica #OEF

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    Walter Clark on Facebook
    (note: I blew up this image to see what David had in his hand–it’s 3 small action figures)

    I saw my video posted on FOD, so I’ll share it here. I was inspired by our Betsy’s oldest son. Peter who served in the middle east.

    Abrra

  37. bluesky4home said

    Thank you , Abrra!

    Not an easy time today. My brother is in the hospital as well. Last week he seemed to be healing well from major surgery. This week there are some concerns. Still, I feel so very blessed, and a feeling of comfort comes over me.

    Praying for you Tawna, SandyBeaches! And for our “troops” all of them, both the ones in uniform and those who, like the 3Ds & J, – and like so many of you – give their hearts and passion to do their best to make the world a better place. We may give in different ways, but we are bound by a willingness.

    Thank you all for making my world a better place and inspiring me to do my own part.

  38. Thank you Djafan and Jans11 for your greetings. Jans 11, I am feeling wonderful and find out today what my 1 year scan is going to tell us. It will be four years this December since my twin diagnosis of cancers and my doctor says I am a miracle for sure!! I feel so very blessed. We will have to see what today brings :)

    I have been a little out of the loop for a while taking care of my husband during his prostate cancer surgery and now just finishing his radiation treatments. I have kept up but not commented for a while now—it is good to be back!

    Sandybeaches, I miss you and am praying for your son. I can’t imagine the anxiety you are experiencing. All my love to you and yours during this stressful time.

    I always feel a need to thank everyone here for their posts, their videos, their charitable ideas and contributions, their kind words of love and kindness to everyone here at the voice, I love you all!

    Pattirae

    PS Now back to everything David!!

  39. Will definitely be saying prayers for your son, Sandybeaches and for your continued recovery Pattirae. Nice to see you both here.

    Continued prayers for our Military and for David, Dean,Jason and Dan!!

  40. bebereader said

    Pattirae,
    Wasn’t sure it was you at first!
    So good to see you back here!
    Continued blessings to you and your family!

  41. bebereader said

    We know how it feels to want your picture taken with The Voice!

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    credit: David Archuleta Venezuela

    Aylin Garcia ‏@MechanicalAylin 3h

    So my brother in law met @DavidArchie. Guess he was visiting afanganstan. pic.twitter.com/XoU9ubV57e

  42. djafan said

    Dean posted a blog…not liking getting shot at. Bless them.

    Yesterday we got up early and boarded a Chinook helicopter wearing our battle gear and were flown to an FOB (Forward Operating Base) in the central part of Afghanistan. It was about a 30 minute ride. On the way we crossed over hills and the rebels shot at our helicopter. There were two machine guns mounted on either side of the helicopter we were on that fired down on the rebels as the helicopter made defensive maneuvers. The helicopter we were on is the fastest helicopter, but it is also the biggest so it has quite a wide body, which makes it an attractive target. The defensive moves help to make it more difficult to hit.

    We arrived at the FOB and were given a tour of the base. This was more of what I expected things to be like over here. It seemed a lot like M*A*S*H. All they have is port-a-potties. There is only one shower so taking a shower happens only every 3 days or so. They built a stage for us under a big tent that they also use for working out and weight lifting. This base is very close to “Sniper Hill” where several Silver Stars have been earned. There were army personnel and some special ops guys. The special ops are the ones that go outside the wire (outside the camp) on special missions. The army guys also do sweeps through the town.

    We found out that originally we were going to go to bases in Kabul and Kandahar, but that the plans got changed because there are too many things happening in those cities with the disputed elections and such. We heard that a suicide bomber killed 80 people in Kabul today. Right now is known as the “Fighting Season”. I guess it’s too cold here during the winter so the Taliban just hunkers down and doesn’t do much. But now that it’s warm they get more active. It’s Ramadan right now so insurgent activity has picked up and I guess it will really pick up once Ramadan ends. Although the base we visited gets a lot of action there was a notice that they had not had any injuries for 617 days. I guess the roads around here are famous for IEDs so it’s safer to fly everywhere.

    Here are a few pictures from our day. We had a great time with the troops there. They seemed to really enjoy our visit and the break we gave them from their normal day. It was also fun to get to see the Afghan countryside and ride in a helicopter. All is well. Our troops are doing a great job.
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  43. djafan said

    Pattirae, It was really nice to hear from you and glad to hear you’re doing well and prayers for your husband. And we continue on this David Archuleta journey :)

    SB, Praying, hope all is well.

    Tawna continued prayer for you.

    And praying for the 3 D’s and Jason and all the troops, and the downed Malaysian plane.

    What an unbelievable experience for these guys, and David, what a life in his short span of 23 years.

  44. djafan said

    Dan updates! This just like watching a novela but real! Oh my!

    Update from Afghanistan

    I am now in Bagram Afghanistan. We arrived last night. An incredible three hour flight along the Iranian border and over Pakistan. Very cool. I sat in the cockpit of the C-17 and used the Night Vision Goggles to see the ground activity better. Amazing. No worries, but the bad guys launched a motor attack on the airfield just after we landed. Cool. It was far enough away that we were not in harms way.

    We perform a special show for the guards at the prison tonight. It should be awesome!

    Our sleeping quarters are very small. My roommate in Afghanistan is David Archuleta with a community hallway bathroom and shower that we share with ten other military leaders.

    The coolest thing of all is that the Navy Seal Compound is just across the road from our quarters, and this is where Seal Team 6 stayed, briefed, prepared and departed from to kill Osama Bin Laden!!

    Tomorrow we fly on a chinook helicopter to a remote FOB. This is the long skinny twin engine helo that was used in the failed rescue attempt in the movie Lone Survivor.

    http://danclarkspeak.com/update-from-afghanistan/

  45. djafan said

    This is horrible.

    Malaysian jetliner shot down by
    surface-to-air missile over Ukraine

    http://www.foxnews.com/

  46. Abrra said

    I need this song about now. How about you?


    Baby Blue

    Abrra

  47. skydancer1x said

    Can’t say thank you enough,Dja,Bebe,Abs,Angelica for keeping us all informed on all the very latest happenings with our Fab4♥ Thanks for all the love, and time consuming hard work you put into this site every single day,and most especially now when so much info is coming to us again from Dean and Jason. Beautiful job,I love you guys♥

    All these pics are so awesome, so amazing.David,Dan,Dean and Jason..so awesome and amazing.I think the *lump in my throat* will remain, as long as they are away,sharing their love and their talents with our troops ♥ Feels like my heart is gonna buss’ right open! How gratifying and humbling it must be to do what they are doing on this tour.
    (Meanwhile back here I have nervously but succesfully chewed off all my fingernails.)

    Pattirae!♥ so nice to see you.

    Yes Dja,So much in the news today..
    As I am writing Israel has launched/begun the ground
    operation in Gaza Strip just moments ago.

  48. djafan said

    Thank you Sky!

    On a lighter note, do you recognize who is singing on this Korean show?

  49. ray said

    i am goeing to be so dehydrated, by the time david gets home,

  50. jans11 said

    Dear Lord, bless all the families of the victims of the airline crash! And the 3 D’s and J and all our troops, keep them from harms way and bring them home safe.

  51. jans11 said

    AMEN!

  52. skydancer1x said

    AMEN Jan!!

  53. Angelica said

    Hey Pattirae! You are always a much welcome sight on the site. Hoping and praying that your scan comes out free of cancer and your husband will respond well to the treatments and surgery.

    I did not sign up for his getting shot at while riding in a highly explosive helicopter. But so proud of all our wonderful soldiers and of David, Dan, Jason, and Dean to go where they are and give them a smile.

    What awful news about the Malaysian flight downed and all those people. Still, it is a wonderful world, as David tries to remind us.

  54. djafan said

    I heard from SB, her son is very ill. Please pray hard.

  55. betsy said

    Praying very hard. ♥

  56. betsy said

    We needed to hear Imagine, and he did it.

  57. Abrra said

    That was so good to hear David sing Imagine again. I will string together his vocals for an MP3 tomorrow.

    Abrra

  58. Loved, loved loved hearing David sing Imagine again also!!! Also, didn’t you love reading the words of Jason describing David to a tee! David just gets better and better (if that is even possible) and I
    love it when other people outside our “groupy” following can see the person and the talent that he is to the world.

    I feel a need to mention briefly here that my scan came back “clear and normal” today. My doctor and I get emotional every time when it keeps coming back normal. This was never expected with
    stage 3 breast cancer and stage 3 lung cancer (two separate primary tumors.) I was basically given about 18 months to live. My lung surgeon thinks I may have developed the lung cancer from the crop dusting
    of the cherry orchards behind my home when I was a child. I do feel very blessed though and cried all the way home. Thank you for caring.

    In the recent discussion about sweet Angels in our lives, may I take a minute here to mention a special Angel right here on The Voice that touched me in a way I have never experienced before. Bluesky4home,
    who lives an hour away from my home, came to see me along with her special singing star son, during a very rough time during my surgeries and treatments and spent an afternoon singing to me and reading
    her beautifully written poetry to me. I will never forget that kind of love, a love that goes beyond description and lives forever in your heart.

    I am constantly thinking about Sandybeaches and pray for her son’s recovery. Thinking of Tawna and her brother as well (love you Tawna!)

    I have to say hello to my precious Angelica and tell you that I miss you and love you. What a reunion it will be when we are all together again at a special David event. I patiently (cough, cough) wait for that day!!
    Until then, my love to all.

    Pattirae

    PS God bless our troops!

  59. Angelica said

    Pattirae, that is wonderful news about your scan! Love and miss you too. That was so awesome of Bluesky to do that for you! Hoping for that reunion soon and finally getting to meet her too. ♥

    SB, we are keeping you and your son in our hearts and prayers. Hope tomorrow brings good news of his condition.

  60. jans11 said

    Pattirae, so happy to hear your good news! Bluesky sounds like the best kind of friend. I 3rd it for a reunion real soon. :)

    Tawna and SB, keeping you both in my prayers.

    Love Dan’s video and Jason’s blog! He nailed David….to know David is to love him. ♥ Those guys are so awesome and so special!

  61. bluesky4home said

    Pattirae …. You have been taking care of your dear husband! All blessings and Gods tender care to you both! <3

    It is so wonderful to me that we can pray together in love and support for DA, his friends, and each other. There are sayings one has seen, such as: "be the change you want to see". I am grateful for the examples, for the encouragement I receive by reading about DAs adventures, the blogs that are shared, and postings.

    This adventure is bigger than us all.

  62. Abrra said

    Pattirae It’s so good to have you back! I hope someday we can meet in person.

    As promised, I took the snippets of David singing Imagine from Dan Clark’s video and put them in MP3 format.

    Imagine snippet.mp3
    Audio (.MP3)

    [audio src="http://www.mediafire.com/download/zk8p2pjsammf2bq/Imagine+snippet.mp3" /]

    Abrra

  63. Abrra said

    Dean Kaelin’s newest blog.

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    Dean Kaelin
    about an hour ago
    Ok, today was much more peaceful. I didn’t mean to make everyone nervous with my last post. We actually feel very safe here. The soldiers are doing a great job and we are exclusively on bases throughout our tour. However, we are in a war zone and things are constantly happening. Troops go out on missions daily either by air or on ground.

    We flew on a C-130 plane to Jalalabad which is fairly close to the border with Pakistan. It was probably collectively our favorite day on the tour thus far. The troops were super happy to see us. They gave us a great tour of their base, which was like a small village. The perimeter of this camp was 3.5 miles. The biggest problem here is with IEDs, which are the hidden explosives that insurgents hide in the ground. There is a group of brave young men that go out frequently to check for and dig up these explosives before they can hurt anyone. There is amazing equipment that helps them be able to do it with relative safety. There is tons of high-tech stuff as well.

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    This is also a big helicopter air base and we got a great tour about the blackhawk and apache helicopters. We also visited the med station. There were several huge David Archuleta fans there. It was really fun. We performed a mini-concert for them since they were working and would not be available to come to the show. The show was in the camp chapel. There was a huge U.S. flag as our backdrop so it looked really cool.

    The terrain was much different here; quite a bit of water (lakes, rivers) and lower elevation (900 feet), so it was hot and humid. Yesterday we were really high (7600 feet), and Bagram is 4500 feet).

    At the end of the day we flew back to Bagram on a Chinook helicopter again. No excitement in the flights today! Here are a few pictures.

    Click to see the rest of the pictures. https://www.facebook.com/dean.kaelin.18

    Abrra

  64. Bluesky, yes this “adventure IS bigger than us all.” It has changed lives, my life!! I never would have known you or experienced your Angel love if it hadn’t been for David Archuleta and
    his fan base becoming close friends and sharing lives one with another. What a blessing to each of us! I think of you often and wait for the day to be with you again. Your thoughts and
    words here on The Voice always inspire and motivate.

    Blessings,

    Pattirae

  65. skydancer1x said

    Thanks Abs!
    Just love that pic at 62, and the tweet♥

    Yep, D has fans everywhere.That is so awesome they did an impromptu mini concert for them since they couldn’t come to the show. David, you are♫♪ the sweetest thiiing ♫♪
    I’m sure they appreciated and loved that so much!
    Jason must be taking the picture at 63(?)I don’t see him.
    Well, I can’t wait to hear from David’s own mouth, what this experience was like for him when he returns home.I hope he makes a vlog at some point in the future.Would love to hear ‘him’in his own words, describe what time away in that part of the world,with the troops was like..though looking at his face with them in pictures,I think we know♥

  66. bluesky4home said

    65 Skydancer.. Isn’t that Jason on the front row, right end? If not, he has a really good look alike. ^_^

  67. bluesky4home said

    DA is the only one on the front row not kneeling down. ^_^

  68. Abrra said

    Bluesky

    I think David made his OWN row! LOL

    This screencap showed up in my timeline on Facebook. I am not sure what/who Sir Walter means/is? But its a nice picture :)

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Romel Tribiana
    Follow · 37 mins · Edited
    Screenshot: David Archuleta singing Come come ye saints from Sir Walter video
    Hope its ok from Sir Walter that I screenshot the video..I just missing David voice I love it #ChickenSkin
    Original Song: http://youtu.be/4ia3gYSvG8M

    Abrra

  69. bluesky4home said

    Abrra, so true, so true! At least he is wearing red. Can we get him to keep that hat, kind of like a “where’s Waldo” signature?

    *sigh* Too many metaphors, the possibilities are endless. ^_^

  70. fenfan said

    After reading #65 #66 and #67, I said to myself, David made his own row!
    Then I scrolled to #68 and saw that Abrra said the same thing!! LOLOL

    About the screencap in #68 – Looking at how that post is worded, I think “Sir Walter” is the name or nickname of someone who shot video of David singing and sent it to the person who made the screencap. I suppose the person is hoping it’s ok by “Sir Walter” to make screencaps because David was singing at one of the religious meetings they had on this military tour.

  71. Abrra said

    Fen
    We are sisters, so we think alike :) AH Sir Walter may be a soldier who took video of the shows. Makes perfect sense. These folks do not title their videos in a way that makes it easy to find them. Even Dan Clark doesn’t use anyone’s name when posting. This makes it hard for us to use our ninja skilz!

    Abrra

  72. djafan said

    Continued prayers for SB’s son, still very ill :(

  73. Abrra said

    New thread, David blogs! ——————————>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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