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Medals, Flags and Memories [Kindle Edition]

John and Stacey Holley
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Book Description

On November 15, 2005, John and Stacey Holley unwillingly became Gold Star Parents. Their son and only child, Matthew John Holley, was killed along with three other Soldiers when an IED exploded under their Humvee while on patrol in Iraq.
Racked with grief over their son’s death, John and Stacey’s sorrow turned to outrage when they learned that Matthew’s casket would return to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field as common freight. There would be no honor guard to welcome this fallen hero back to the nation of his birth. Instead, Matthew Holley’s remains would be transferred by forklifts and baggage handlers, like a crate of auto parts.
Determined to welcome their son home with honors befitting his sacrifice, the Holleys embarked on a quest to challenge the law, and to begin a journey of healing that would touch the lives of Gold Star Families across the country.

FINALIST in the 2012 San Diego Book Awards!

Winner of Military Writers Society of America's 2012 Founders Award!

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About the Author

John and Stacey Holley come from a family whose members span more than 150 years of combined service to our nation. John is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur and Stacey is an executive for a healthcare firm. The Holleys reside in San Diego. In their spare time, they continue to support other Gold Star families and take a stand for those who have chosen to serve and defend our great country.

Product Details

  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983416826
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Navigator Books (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CK4N0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story July 4, 2011
By Tink
I have the honor of knowing this family and you won't go wrong reading this touching book - a tribute to the son lost in war and the parents who fought for the right to ensure all fallen soldiers are brought home with the respect they deserve. I would rather Matt be celebrating the 4th with his parents and family, but his memories live on.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a story about John and Stacey Holley, a typical American couple, both Army vets, with a son named Matthew who follows his parents footsteps and enlists during wartime, eventually becoming a medic deployed to Iraq.

This is an inspiring read that starts off breaking the reader's heart. We read, in foreboding fashion as John, going about his daily business, discovers he has vistors at his front door. As he goes to answer the door, he notices through the window that he is being visited by military personnel. Heart sinking quickly, the reader can't help but read on and feel the despair the Holleys experience when they receive the bad news - their beloved only child was killed by a roadside IED. The opening chapter sheds many tears.

From there, we read about the great "climb from the pit" as John explains. By using the higher power of God to embolden them, John and Stacey find the power within to use their tragedy to propel them to help others who have lost loved ones during wartime. We learn how they used their grief to create and propel "The Holley Provision", a Federal law that ensures all fallen veterans come home with honor. We read about the redemptive return of John to the land where Matthew met his fate. We also learn how the Holleys cope with their grief - not an easy process and one they readily admit will be a lifelong struggle. But through faith, love of one another, love for their fellow man, and of course, their love for Matthew, the Holleys demonstrate the courage and wherewithal to face each day with their heads held high, and with purpose.

Written in their own voices, alternating from John to Stacey, the reader really gets to know the couple personally. The book is a real smooth read, and really hard to put down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone... July 20, 2011
It doesn't matter whether you have someone serving in the military now, or have no experience dealing with this aspect of society. This book changes you. Through this book readers gain insights and explore pathways on how to maintain your dignity while moving through pain and recovery.

In poignant terms these two co authors describe methods to regain your poise when the unimaginable happens. In somewhat modest tones, John and Stacey offer valuable life lessons on coping and perseverance. Through their eyes we understand their journey to reengage, to again become constructive participants in this continuous rebuilding process we call life.

These two writers, parents, citizens, brought change to an aspect of our American military experience; arguably to some extent making history. A new law was enacted. Also through this book, we are reminded how grace demonstrated through courage and restoration gives us all hope.

Anyone who reads this book will be touched by the story and not disappointed by the tale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about respect... June 11, 2012
By oostie
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I remember the media focus on changing the way our fallen heroes are treated when they return to American soil. The coverage was there one day, and gone the next. This book fills so many of the gaps, answers so many of the questions that the media could not. The story behind "The Holley Provision" is a story of love, a story of faith, a story of respect, and a story of sacrifice. And while the media's flash fire faded from their view, the Holleys' lives were still forever changed. After just losing their only child, their faith and fortitude helped ensure that those making the ultimate sacrifice receive honorable and respectful homecomings. I cannot imagine the loss of an only child. What's worse, I cannot imagine the loss of an only child at the hands of terrorists, having that only child come home and be handled like "a crate of car parts". That won't happen again, thanks to "The Holley Provision". As a military veteran, I am not only thankful for all the hard work John and Stacey put into "The Holley Provision", but I am also thankful that they've shared their story with the world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cost of Freedom June 18, 2012
By x5oh
John and Stacey Holley belong to the most exclusive club in the nation. You can't buy your way in and few millionaires belong. No one wants to join but once you've gained entry you can never renounce your membership. John and Stacey Holley's payment for admission was their only child. They are a Gold Star family. Their son Matt, an Army combat medic, was killed in Iraq in 2005. Their memoir, MEDALS, FLAGS and MEMORIES tracks their story...from the dreaded knock on the door of their Idaho home to a trip to Iraq, and finally a Congressional journey resulting in the "Holley Provision" insuring our combat deceased are treated with dignity from the moment they are removed from the battlefield to the day they are laid to rest here at home. Freedom isn't free and John and Stacey Holley understand the cost. Read this book and you will too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book April 8, 2012
I just got done reading the most amazing book. I can't even explain how much thoughts went threw my mind. I honestly think everybody should read "Medals,Flags And Memories" it was amazing!I cried so much, but it makes me look at things differently and makes me think about life. I am in love with this book!! Thank you for writing this!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Thoughts . . .
Every parent should read this book. It will cause you to be thankful. It will cause you to be sad. . . to question. . .to have faith . . . to feel patriotic . . . to wonder why. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Doc Ron Pik
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr and Mrs Holley
Thank you for sharing your story. I am part of a large grateful nation. May your son rest in peace and be waiting for you when you join him... but not too soon. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jsantel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed this book. my son was an Army Medic and served a year over there. I'm not the writer, I'm not good at writing reviews but all I know and can say is that this was a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Hero
A really good story of overcoming the loss of a beloved son, and the efforts to get some sense out of it. Hats off to gold star families everywhere
Published 19 months ago by ron_barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed to know the Authers
Medals, Flags and Memories is a book that I will never forget reading. Not only was it about my best friend, it was written by my god-parents. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Natalie Johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read Very Emotional
This book is written by the parents of one of our Heroes who served in the military and paid the ultimate price.
Very well written and very emotional. Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Conant
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you John and Stacey
Every Gold Star family member has a story to share. It is a blend of the memories of the loved one they have lost and the documentation of the grief journey they have begun. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mother of a Fallen Major
5.0 out of 5 stars "Family, Faith and Forgiving"
Family, we all have them. Some we see often and have close relationships with, others, if we are lucky, we see at family gatherings and on holidays! Some we don't see for years. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cousin Lisa
It took me a long time to get up the courage to read this book, as I knew what it was about long before I read it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mary Raynor
4.0 out of 5 stars moving tribute
I must admit I'm prejudice, I know the author. It tells the horrible story of being notified your son has been killed in action. something no parent wants to hear. Read more
Published on March 9, 2013 by Robert A. Wells
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