Pfc. Andrew Meari
Published by Charleston Post & Courier on Nov. 9, 2010.
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I remember going to middle school and high school with 'drew'. We also worked together at McDonald's as teens! We use to have so much fun together and he even made me hip to a few songs back in the day! I remember coming to your house often over the summers and really bonding! I never knew you went to the military nor did I know you were K.I.A! I'm mad at my self bc I allowed us to lose contact and now I can't say see you later! You were an amazing person and I'll NEVER FORGET YOU! REST IN PARADISE MY FRIEND AND I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN!! PSHS 2008 COUGAR FOR LIFE!!
cydney bennett
May 21, 2015
Your family and the Curtis family are still in my daily prayers. My heart still goes out to you and your great loss. I am deeply grateful my son had the privilege to know Andrew and Johnathon. May God's Peace, Presence and Love Surround You all is my prayer. Gone but not forgotten.
November 2, 2013
To the family and friends of Pfc. Andrew Meari:
Remembering Andrew on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
November 1, 2013
Your family is still in my daily prayers. I'm grateful my son Jared had the privilege to call Andrew his friend and they were able to mutually support one another in Afghanistan. Please know you and the Curtis family are still very much in my thoughts. Sincerely, Linda
Linda Berwald
March 30, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Meari Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to troops in Afghanistan this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of PFC Andrew Meari. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charles Gili
March 29, 2013
Mahmoud Meari
May 24, 2012
Meari Made me laugh every day, no matter what he always had a smile on his face and it kept me upbeat...I was from illinois as well and gave him rides home and I spoke with his mother for a bit at a panera bread and I was out of country when he was killed and I will never forgive myself for not being there when he gave his life for his country...I don't know if his mom will see this but I would love nothing more to give her a hug and visit his resting place, I think about him every day and miss him dearly, Im having a lot of problems and I would really like to meet with Tigers mom and pay my respects to him...
Michael Lesniak
February 15, 2012
Praying for Peace and Comfort of Christ as you reflect back to last year. Your son gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom and I will be forever Grateful. His memory and other fallen military will never be forgotten. Blessings
November 4, 2011
You are all in my thoughts and prayers especially now. I prayed for you on November 1. My heart goes out to you. May God's Peace, Presence and Love Surround You all is my prayer.
November 3, 2011
To the family of Pfc. Andrew Meari:
Andrew gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
November 1, 2011
Dear Meari Family,

I am in Afghanistan until the end of this year, but I had not heard about Andrew's death until I had already gotten here when I was talking to one of our friends in the 101st. I met Andrew in basic training at Fort Benning in October 2008. I can always remember him as a funny and caring person. Someone who always listened to the things that you had to say. At the same time he always had the perfect story to tell you to make you laugh and get you through the bad times. I was very honored to have met Andrew, and I am grateful for the service that he rendered to this country. I know that my family appreciates the service of men and women, not just me. I hope that this message reaches you and that you know that even 3 years down the road I remember Andrew and the kind of person that he was. God Bless the whole family.

PFC Tyler Smith
170th Infantry Brigade
Bagram, Afghanistan
Tyler Smith
July 27, 2011
Your Welcome Mahmoud. My son was a friend of Andrew's they were in Afghanistan together. He thought very highly of him. My heart aches for your loss. Take Good Care of Yourself.
June 20, 2011
Especially today your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God's Peace, Presence and Love Surround you is my prayer.
May 30, 2011
Andrew Meari
May 11, 2011
Denise, So sorry for your loss. I worked for a short time with you at Durham School Sevice as a temp. I can remember how you spoke so proudly of your boys. Please accept my deepest symathy.
-Rhuann Nance-Grecco
Rhuann Grecco
January 25, 2011
My deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son, Andrew. Although I don't know your family, I am forever grateful for Andrew's service to his country. He is a true American Hero. I know I speak for countless other Americans who feel such a sense of pride in knowing there are young men like him, who are selfless in their duty to country and the ideals of democracy. You are in my prayers.
Patricia Gavros
Patricia Gavros
January 22, 2011
Denise and Jerry I am so sorry for your great loss. I know how much pain you must be feeling right now. Our hearts are with you and our prayers that you will be comforted at this time. Words can't take away the pain you must feel. But I am trying. God bless you and your extended family and hugs dear Denise..
Robin Krones
December 3, 2010
every day i see somthing that reminds me of him I made this little poppy
As red as red can be
To show that I remember
Those who fought for me.

My eyes filled up with tears and the when the man answered the door and came back with 2 big bags of food I almost broke. Andy will be with us forever. I love you guys stay strong
November 21, 2010
On behalf of Good Shepherd Christian Assembly, Jason Cavanaugh's Church, may we extend our deepest sympathies to the Meari family. With our love and prayers.

Rev. David and Linda Siczko
November 16, 2010
God bless this family. PFC Meari your sacrifice and courage will never be forgotten.
Linda Norris
November 16, 2010
To the Meari Family- we are so sorry for your loss of Andy. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Love- The Yellen Family
Yellen Family
November 15, 2010
You are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
November 13, 2010
We are Army parents of a Sreamin' Eagle currently serving in Afghanistan. May the strength of God, family and friends carry you through this most difficult time. Isaiah 40:31
November 13, 2010
Dear Meari family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Andrew will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt

SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
November 13, 2010
To the Meari Family......I am so sorry for the loss of your dear soldier. My son also served in Afghanistan in 2006....we are all family....and we grieve with you. Thank you for raising a hero, and sharing him with our country. God Bless....Andrew is resting in the "arms of the angels".
Gail Dodson
November 12, 2010
Andrew, its a shame I didn't get to know you much better..but the little time we shared. You will be in my heart forever.. you are our hero, n will be missed very much.. GOd BLess..
angie bertsatos
November 12, 2010
Andy if your reading this
pleas dont fret
because the times of bliss
we will not forget

the times of laughter
the times of play
we are still here after
we are here now to say:

You made us smile, you protected us, you you helped us all. Your life has not gone to waste and will not be forgotten. We will miss you, but hopefully one day instead of crying because we miss you, we will be able to smile once in a while in your memory, for there were so many joyfull
Amanda Grau
November 12, 2010
My son was serving with Andrew in Afghanistan and this is what he said about him: THIS GOES OUT TO A KIND MAN THAT WAS A GOOD FRIEND TO ME I'M GLAD I COULD HAVE KNOWN HIM AND WILL NEVER FORGET HIM THIS GOES OUT TO PFC. ANDREW MEARI R.I.P. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Andrew's family and friends. I have cried many tears on your behalf. May God's Peace and Love surround you is my prayer.
Linda Berwald
November 12, 2010
You are an amazing hero! you will always remain in my heart.I love you and miss you. God bless.
November 12, 2010
Rest In Peace PFC. Andrew N. Meari. I love and miss you so much. Thank you so much for your service. I really want you to know that you died a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. You died saving your friends. Once again, THANK YOU.
November 12, 2010
Thank you for the courage and the sacrifices that you did for this country...I love you Andrew N. Meari. I will never forget you. You will awlays be in my heart. Rest In peace
Christina Bertsatos
November 12, 2010
We were honored to meet your family, although under such sad circumstances. We salute the valor and selflessness of Andrew, and the sacrifice of your family. We are at your service.
Jerry & Jeannie Terando
Morris, Il.
Gold Star parents of:
Sgt Joshua A. Terando
KIA Iraq 10 Nov 05
November 12, 2010
Thank you so much Andrew for the sacrafice you made for this great country. I know what it is like to be a "miltary family" and the life that comes with. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Andrew was doing something great & most of all something he believed in. God bless that amazing young man & his family. The Hutten families thoughts & prayers are with you.
Ann Hutten
November 12, 2010
You will always be a hero. I could not imagine this. I am so sorry for the loss of your family member. I went to South also. Seeing everyone at the funeral and on the streets to show the love of andrew. You are a true hero and thank you for serving and protecting us.
November 12, 2010
Denise, I was just heart sick when I learned the news about your precious son. I have 4 sons of my own and just the thought of having one of them depart so early in their lives would devaste me. I admire your courage and strength I am grateful to your son for his military service that helps keep us safe and allows us the freedoms we continue to be blessed with in this country.

Please know that you are not alone in this and my deepest sympathies and prayers are with you.
Kathleen Dalahite, coworker, WSOL
Kathleen Dalahite
November 12, 2010
Our hearts are heavy for your loss of a true American Hero. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.He is now in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father who has welcomed him home. God bless Andrew and his family as they mourn their loss. You know have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Barbara Meier
November 11, 2010
You are a true hero. Thank you for sacrifice. My deepest condolences to your family. May God welcome you into his arms and give your family comfort during this difficult time. God Speed.
Holly Wukowitch
November 11, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. He is a true hero. Thank you Andrew.

Purkart Family
Sue Purkart
November 11, 2010
As I hear the helicopters overhead on this beautiful day, I know it means that your loved ones are saying goodbye to you, Andrew. May God hold you in His arms and provide comfort to those whose pain is unimaginable. Our country owes you a debt which can never be repaid.
Mom of four young men
November 11, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies at you r loss of you son. May you find peace and comfort in the months to come through the Americans that do stand behind the soldiers! God give you and your family strenght and peace. Marine mom
November 11, 2010
Your Andrew is truly a hero in every sense of the word. We know what it is like to be a "military family" and all that goes with it. Sadly, Andrew made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. May God give you all strength through this difficult time, and take comfort knowing that Andrew was doing something he believed in. God bless Andrew and all of his family, and please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
John & Monica Shaw
November 11, 2010
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Pfc. Andrew N. Meari.
This young man is a true American hero.

John 15:13 states "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

This young man is a hero when measured by any standard.
Matthew & Susan Rull
November 10, 2010
Thank you, Andrew for serving our great country. Our prayers go out to your family as they grieve. May they find comfort in knowing that even though we did not know you, we are very grateful for the sacrifice you made. God Bless you and your family and God Bless America!!!
Michelle Melhorn
November 10, 2010
Please accept my Deepest and Most Heartfelt Sympathy regarding the devastating loss of Pfc Andrew Meari, with So Much Gratitude for your Fine Young Soldier's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.
There will Never Be Enough Ways, to Humbly Thank our Young Heroes, for their Sacrifices, my brother among them, killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying,
there shall be no more pain.
For the former things have passed away."
~ Revelations 21:4 ~

May you find peace in knowing the love and memories you have, will remain in your heart forever and that this Country Will Remember the Sacrifice, Andrew made.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Garnet Jenkins
November 10, 2010
Andrew, Thank you for serving our country with such pride and dignity. There is no doubt in my mind that you were proud to be an American.
My deepest sympathy goes out to both the Meehan and Meari families for the loss of their Son, Step Son, Brother, Step Brother, Nephew and cousin Andrew.
Cindy Hill
November 10, 2010
Dear Denise, Mrs Williams, Todd and Meari family, When I learned of this my stomach dropped. I am heartbroken today. You are all in my thoughts, Peter Pontikis
Peter Pontikis
November 10, 2010
Thank you Andrew for your service and sacrifice. God bless you, your family and friends during this difficult time.
Todd & Deanne
November 10, 2010
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to PFC. Andrew Meari our Brother-in-Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Andrew. And to Andrew it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Andrew, you are a brave American Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,335 military Legionnaire Veterans of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Andrew’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
November 10, 2010
I still remember how we use to hang out randomly at my grandmas house when we just little kids. it was funny how our families were always around each other. It was horrible to find out just by seeing you on the were a great soul as much as i got to know you throughout the years.I wish i would of been able to catch up with you but may your soul be free just as much as you helped this entire country stay to this day. Thank you
Andrew Jarosh
November 10, 2010
Dear Meari Family;

My heart is breaking for the loss of your brave young man. These young men are the best of us, gone too soon. But they guard the gates of heaven, and their sacrifice shall never be forgotten. Bless your family, for a nation grieves with you.

Sincerely, Christine Patrick
(was to be) Mother-In-Law
of LcCpl Alec Catherwood
KIA Afghanistan 10-14-10
Christine Patrick
November 10, 2010
praying for you and your family
sandra shields
November 10, 2010
Andrew, You accomplished more in your short 21 years than some people can even dream of. Thank you for making the brave choice to serve our country. We have lost a great soldier. And, thanks to Andrew's family for bringing him home to Will county and filling our community with a sense of pride and honor. I am sorry for your loss.
Ingrid Musilek
November 9, 2010
You are a true American HERO. Thank you for the service that you have given to this nation. My son and I have adopted a solider in your name and hope that others do the same.
November 9, 2010
Please accept our deepest sympathy, may all the wonderful memories you shared with your beloved son Andrew bring you comfort. He was a true American hero and will never be forgotten, the ones we love are forever in our hearts!!! May God Bless your entire family during the difficult days ahead.
Thankful Americans
November 9, 2010
I've never met you before but I do attend PSHS, and I want to say forever rest in peace. Another angel warrior has fallen, but you will not be forgotten. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Thank you.
Jenna Wilkinson
November 9, 2010
Our prayers are with you. Andrew was a true hero. We do not know your family, but my children are from PSHS and my daughter was proud to hold a flag in front of the school today, to honor a true hero. God Bless
Debbie Maher
November 9, 2010
Thank you for the service you have given for us. May God watch over your family and bless and keep them to be strong.
anna&james steffen
November 9, 2010
The word hero does not begin to describe how we view your son. God blessed you greatly to have such a son, and Andrew you have blessed us all.
Mike& Barb Bersano
November 9, 2010
I dont know Andrew, but My Husband is in Afghanistan right now. I pray he makes it home save. This story really breaks my heart. My Prayers go out to his family. GOD BLESS YOU..and Thank you, Because only a real man can do this job.
The Jones Family
Jessica jones
November 9, 2010
Jessica Jones
November 9, 2010
Good Bless you and your Family. Our prayers are with you.
November 9, 2010
To the Meari and Meehan families,

I was Andrew's teacher his sophomore year. I remember him well and promise that he will not be forgotten. He was a true hero and my family thanks him for his sacrifice.

May God comfort you today and always.
Jenna Mahlberg
November 9, 2010
Thank you Andrew for your service to this country,God Bless your family during this difficult time.
Sharon Dosher
November 9, 2010
i do not know your son or family, but i would like to let you know he was a hero. he paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we all could live the lives we do. thanks to you and Andrew
donna stephen
November 9, 2010
God Bless you Andrew and your family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
November 9, 2010
Andrew, thank you for your service to our country. And to your family, may God watch over you and keep you in His loving care.
A grateful American
November 9, 2010
Thank you so much for my freedom. Because of the sacrifice of men and women like you we live in the greatest country in the world. My prayers are with your family and loved ones.
November 9, 2010
I am so sorry.
November 9, 2010
I did not know Andrew, but I am a mother of 4 children who knows the feeling of loosing a child. Andrew will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who has been touched by his story. May the prayers of our nations people get you through these days of such sorrow in everyones lives. Remember that God is Love and all people who believe in him shall have everlasting lives in the heavens. Hugs and Love to all of you and know that people really care and thank Andrew for his service.
A Mother of Four~ Illinois~USA
November 9, 2010
Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for the days, weeks, months and even years to come. You died a hero soldier and for that I will be eternally grateful. Rest well with the angels Drew you will certainly be missed and loved by many.
s griffith
November 9, 2010
So young to give so much to protect our freedom. A debt we can never repay. God Bless you Andrew and God Bless your family.
Connie Butler
November 9, 2010
Andrew you were a great soilder, a great battle buddy, it sucks not having you hear to laugh and joke around with, the guys here took it really hard,

Brother in Arms
Aco 1-502nd Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Air Assault
Dan Oswald
November 9, 2010
I didn't know you Andrew.just heard your courage and sacrifice.May God bless you and your family!
Lee Zhang
November 8, 2010
to the family of soldier andrew n. meari i am sorry to hear of your lost,our thoughts and prayers with you.hes a very special angel for what he done for our country.always be remembered .

leda n precious
leda shelton
November 8, 2010
Condolences to the family and friends of Andrew. Know of the esteem we have for this young man; for his service, for his sacrifice in the name of freedom. May the expressions of respect for the man he was bring you comfort.
November 8, 2010
To the Meari, Meehan families. We did not know Andrew but we want to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you all and Andrew at this time. Andrew is a true American hero.
November 8, 2010
A soldier of freedom is a soldier of god. I pray for your family and for Andrew with all sincerity and condolences.
Brian L
November 8, 2010
To the Meari, Meehan, and extended family of PFC Andrew Meari,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always, Andrew was an exceptional person,soldier, and friend, he is a true America hero. Andrew will always be a member of the Hardrock family and so will you. God bless Andrew and God bless your family.

Love and Prayers
The Stout Family
Allison Stout
November 8, 2010
we will miss our brother in arms, and go forward with our mission in his name and of those who have gone before us. He is in a better place now. Thank you Andrew for your self-less service, God bless you.
SSG Davidson, Jeremy
Section Chief
United States Army
Jeremy Davidson
November 8, 2010
Thoughts and prayers go out to Andrew, and his family and friends. He is a true hero.
Wendy Harper
November 8, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one Andrew. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Andrews family & friends. His service and the sacrifice he has made on our behalf and that of our Country will never be forgotten. He will continue to be in my heart as one of our Nations brave Heros who fought to keep us free & safe. God Bless you all.
Debbie Smothers
November 8, 2010
We did not have the privilege of meeting Andrew. Our hearts are heavy
for your loss. May God hold him in the palm of his hands.

Matt & Carol Thraen (Crest Hill, IL)
November 7, 2010
We did not know Andrew but would like to say your family is in our prayers during this very difficult time. Thank you to SPC Andrew Meari for his service and ultimate sacrifice to this county. God Bless~
The Brian Benak Family
November 7, 2010
Even though I did not know Andrew, my prayers and heart go out to the Meari family. Thank you Andrew for your time in the service. I am so sorry for your loss.
USA Citizen
November 7, 2010
Rhonda Ramos
November 7, 2010
November 7, 2010
May God Bless all who knew Andrew. Thank you for giving us your "hero" to be a true American....
November 7, 2010
We did not know Andrew, but we would like to say that we are so very sorry for your loss. We want to thank you for your son's service to this country.

May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you today and always.

The Russ Kuehni Family
November 7, 2010
My sincere condolences to the family and my deepest thanks to your son & brother for his service to our country. He is an American hero.
Jennifer Phillips
November 7, 2010
Thank you for your service.
What a remarkable young man your family raised. You & your family will be in our prayers.
November 7, 2010
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