Memories of Jesse
I wanted to let you know that I had the honor of calling out Jesse's name today as we gathered in a circle of remembrance at our "Wear Blue" Saturday morning run in DuPont, WA. I am thankful for his service and humbled by his sacrifice for our country. Please know that he is remembered! With great care, Cindy
I stopped by the Veterans Memorial on Interstate 89 the other day and picked up one of your memorial tracts in Jesse's Name. It reminded me that I should be as much of a witness for our Lord Jesus Christ as Jesse still Is. Thanks for the reminder and May God Bless. Bob Pupi
Dear Mr. & Mr. Strong, I am a software developer, originally from India, who lived in New York City for 18 years before moving down to Charlotte in 2003 to commence studies at SES. I met Jesse in the Spring of 2004 in the Systematic Theology II(ST 502) class taught by Dr. Geisler, and enjoyed his company very much I saw Jesse to be a kind young man, full of life. He showed me brotherly love in a practical way when he brought his vehicle to my apartment and picked up boxes and helped my family move to our newly purchased home, back in May 2004. Jesse and I had several good conversations about the faith and what we thought we would do with our training. I remember him speaking to me about his experiences at Liberty University. But I remember especially one night a conversation with him about how Phillipians 3:8-11 had touched his life. I was saddened by the news of his passing, as he had truly touched my life. I am thankful to God for letting our paths cross, so just wanted to send you this note.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Strong, I knew your son Jesse in college. He was a great man. I was thinking of him today and just wanted you to know I am grateful for his love of country and for his sacrifice. I remember talking with him about his decision to join the Marines. Then, as always, he was unselfish and noble. I remember Jesse most of all as a man of strong character. His was a life well lived.
Dear Strong family, I knew Jesse from 1999-2003. As freshman at LU, he and I were next-door neighbors on dorm 9. We both went on to become RA's, so I saw him from time to time during our junior and senior years. I was remembering him today when I came upon this website. Just tearfully sat through the video of Jesse's life in photos. Thanks so much for sharing that. I said to my wife, "I'm here now with a wife and 4 kids; it doesn't seem fair that he died so young." She responded, "Yeah, but he's in Heaven right now." What a great reminder of the God we serve. So glad to have known Jesse and want you to know that there are people out in the world who still remember him and honor his (and yours) sacrifice. May God bless you on this Memorial Day.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Strong, Just wanted you to know that Jesse is remembered today on this Memorial day. I worked with Jesse when he worked for the Postal Service in Lynchburg, Va. He was a lovely man and I know that today is a sad and bittersweet day for you. The Lynchburg Plant has moved its mail operations to Roanoke. I remember Jesse as a wonderful worker, strong faith in Christ and a son that any parent would be proud to have. Just wanted you to know that Jesse has not been forgotten and his memory lives on in those whose lives he touched.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Strong... Listeners on 200 radio stations across America will hear Jesse's name on Tim Clinton's Memorial Day broadcast. Here's a link to the Spirit FM version: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-8C3cafrbL4YVUzUmlKS3ludTA/edit?usp=sharing The version running on most stations will be available tomorrow at lifeloveandfamily.net. (My favorite.) I shall always remember. Blessings always, Jim
Telling stories to my wife this evening about Jesse and all the wonderful memories. I believe that Jesse is one of the greatest men that I have ever known. I am not just saying that in retrospect...I believed that when I knew him at Liberty University. I can never forget the impact he made on my life.
I was at va in wrj today,I seen a message from sgt Jesse strong. And I cryed
god bless are allies thank god for men like Jesse Strong
Happy Birthday Jess. I miss you every day. There are so many things I wish I could tell you about. You are truley the greatest person I have ever known. I love you. -S.D.
I just wanted to let you know that Jesse's Memory inspired and softened my heart today. I purchased Pastor Nathan's book today, in the hopes that I may become better equipped to help other find their "new normal". Thanks brother Jesse for your service. And many thanks to the Strong Family for sharing their story. Semper Fidelis, Kev
Strongs, I love you guys all very much. I'm so glad our families are tied together and I look forward to seeing how HE works things out in the years to come. Thank you for raising such an amazing man, someone that a lot of people including myself look up to. He was a shining example in my Unit as well as at school of Godly Character, leadership, trust, courage, many, many things and I miss him. I never met Jesse, but I will one day, I can't wait for that day, he will be the second person I want to meet in Heaven, that sounds silly, but you know what I mean. He has impacted my life in profound ways and I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around this whole situation. I still remember Doc Falwell telling us that he died. It was my first time hearing his name, but I wept and prayed for you four immediately from that day on. I didn't loose my brother in Haditha, but I almost did, I couldn't imagine losing him, that is all I could think about that January 26th... Jesse is remarkable, we all know that, he will never be forgotten, I don't see how, it seems everyone who knew him, instantly fell in love with him, and those of us who didn't meet him, never felt so close to someone as him. An amazing testimony, an amazing man. I miss you guys and hope to see you all again maybe if you get back down south again or if we make a trip north. God Bless you all. Daniel, Brooke and the now 2 boys, Ryland and Sawyer.
Am thinking of you today, Jesse. It is tough your not being around. I know you would have become an even more awesome man and nephew. Your talents would have made even more cool art and things. Your grasp on history and depth of life from seminary studies would have expanded because you played a personal role in both. But, you accomplished much in a short time and set an example that leads with a smile and encouragement for all of us. Today, I am just thankful and honor you with thinking of you and all the fun, discipline and optimism to achieve and all that is in God's plans -- and am often jealous that you get to walk on streets of gold with Him already. Thank you for Nate and Vicki for carrying on strong, and continuing to share thoughts of Jesse. Thanks for being an angel on my shoulder at times of fight this past year again to get change for your young fellow Marines and Soldiers. God Bless Marine Semper Fi
I was introduced to Jesse while sharing dorm 9 with him at Liberty. Word had spread that someone named Jesse was giving haircuts for free. Of course, to a poor college student this meant a lot, even if there was a chance it wasn't professional quality (although it was!). So I introduced myself to him and asked if I could get a haircut whenever he had some time. His response, after a huge smile, was "How about right now?" I came to realize that after a few free haircuts that Jesse was spending much of his free time helping the rest of us in the dorm. I began to realize that all of us in the dorm didn't just want a haircut from him because it was free, but also because we got to have one on one time with Jesse and be encouraged....encouraged not only by his infectious attitude but by his witness and ever-positive outlook. With your hair trimmed and the bathroom floor now covered in hair, he would begin sweeping it up for you and say "Alright man, you go and have yourself a great day! Let me know if you don't like it and I'll fix it. NEXT!" As I write this I cannot help but cry as my memories of his attitude and service to others is humbling and should convict the hearts of even the most humble or pious among us. Other than my close, childhood friends who all went to Liberty with me, Jesse stands out more than anyone. I asked him about the Marine Corps one day and he and I talked about what it was like on several occasions. He encouraged me to believe that I could handle it and advised me to pray about it. Several months later, I enlisted. To me, Jesse was one of those people that you come across in life that leaves a lasting impression...someone you wish you had known more and someone you wish you could emulate. I know Jesse is in heaven. He is there now making the saints laugh and displaying his spinning high kick technique to angels, which they will never be able to master. If only we had more "Jesse Strongs" here on earth, what a world it could be.
Dear Nathan, Vicki, and family. I can't tell you with dry eyes how Jesse's life continues to affect me and my family. With Veteran's Day here, I will always see Jesse as the picture of honor, duty, obedience, and leadership, and sacrifice that he was. He was a great soldier, but only because he was a great man before this. I think of him often when someone talks about a guy that can do everything - and do it all well. My response is always that I had a friend who could do it all well, but that he was a man who did things right , and did the right things. I miss Jesse. We are praying especially for you today.
I am a pastor and working on my Bible Study relating to Veteran's Day (2 days away) and I couldn't help but take some time to reflect on the impact Jesse's life made on so many people at Liberty. I never personally knew him but I was an RD when we heard the terrible news. Over the next several days I heard testimony after testimony of how Jesse shared God's love with people through word and deed. Thank you for this page as a memorial.
Jesse, This is your cousin Tiffany. I have found God, and who would have thought He was waiting for me all along! I wish I could have known you better. I wish you were here now to fellowship with me, but I know that He had a bigger plan for you than any of us could have known. Thank you for the legacy you left! Thank you for the sacrifices that you made in order to glorify God's name. You truly lived a righteous life and are an example I am honored to follow. I love you very much. In Him, Tiffany
I have the memorial photo with poppy of Jesse on my desk and I am grateful each day for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his family and for his love of our country and state. God bless his family.
I am taking the liberty of placing here the comment that Sarah Keene-Garrigues posted on Facebook today in response to my thanking a close Marine buddy of Jesse's, Jonathan Garrigues, for his service, remembering on Memorial Day. Sarah posted: Bradford was talking with our 4yr old Cole about the Marines getting the "bad guys" and Cole asked if the Marines got the bad guys that got Jesse. Bradford was taken off guard cause they weren't talking about him. It was so touching that Cole has developed an emotional connection to Jesse through our stories. He knows that his brother was named after Jesse and Brad. It is comforting to know that Jesse is smiling from Heaven in such ways and still doing His work through us