(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site.

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

And, yet - our lives are carried on simply, day by day, moment by moment, one step at a time, without any particular fanfare - just living the way we should, and caring the way we should, and giving of ourselves the way we should.

And, may someday you be seen for what I know you are, because I've seen it: "a man of character, of strength, of compassion, of goodness of soul - a father figure to be looked up to, respected, and emulated - and, for realization that sometimes the most lasting moments are those that you show the young just what you are made of - and, may your immortality live on, may this be your reward after you are long gone - that your children, their children, and their children's children will teach those things that you lived by, day in and day out, in a world of simplicity - a world of the common, ordinary American man.

And, your immortality of character and goodness will be passed on, down the chain of life, principles and values of character that remain -unbroken.

- "A Message to the Common, Ordinary, American Man," Larry Blakeley, October, 10, 2004.

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