Respect and Gratitude for Kelly Mixon

Community plans to welcome home specialist Kelly J. Mixon, a Fernandina Beach graduate, killed during an attack in Afghanistan.

Specialist Kelly J Mixon

Specialist Kelly J Mixon

Specialist Kelly J. Mixon, 23 years of age from Fernandina Beach was killed during an insurgent attack on his unit in the Balkh province in Afghanistan, by someone who detonated an improvised explosive device he was wearing as a suicide vest.

Mixon was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. He joined the Army two years ago, where he was trained as a sniper.

His body is currently at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and should be arriving at the Jacksonville Airport at approximately 5:14 PM on Saturday, December 18th, 2010. If you are interested in coming out to line the street to welcome Kelly home, please plan on lining Atlantic Ave from 8th Street east-bound, towards Oxley Heard Funeral Home. You are welcome to bring a candle, flashlight or flameless luminary with you as evening will be upon us.

The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, the Nassau County Sheriffs Department, the Fernandina Beach Police Department, Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders, Jacksonville Airport, Nassau County and Fernandina Beach Fire and Rescue Departments will be participating to escort our fallen brother back to Fernandina Beach, and to Oxley Heard Funeral Home. The procession is anticipated to arrive on the island between 6:15 and 6:45 PM on Saturday.

If you are interested in lining the streets on Sunday afternoon before the 2:00 PM funeral service to show your respect and gratitude, please feel free to do so. The route that will be taken at 12:40 PM on Sunday, December 19th, will be from Oxley Heard Funeral Home (1305 Atlantic Avenue) west-bound on Atlantic Avenue; then south-bound on 8th Street to First Baptist Church (1600 South 8th Street).

For more information please click on Oxley Heard’s website for the most updated information.

Mixon was married and a graduate of Fernandina Beach High School where he enjoyed being part of the FBHS Band. Before deploying, Kelly was a previous member of the Jaguars D-Line, and friends say he was at the November 11 game, when the Jaguars honored the military and veterans. He enjoyed being home with his family for Thanksgiving; he loved music and was an accomplished chef.

American Legion Post 54 Notice

In Honor of Specialist Kelly Mixon

The American Legion family will be gathering at the Post this Sunday to coordinate a flag line to stand along the route from Oxley-Heard Funeral Home to the Baptist Church on 8th Street, to show honor and respect to this fallen hero, his widow and family.

I urge ALL Auxiliary members, family and friends, to gather at the Post this Sunday around 12:30. We simply must honor this fallen hero and his family, IT IS WHO WE ARE, IT IS WHAT WE DO. You are encouraged to wear your Auxiliary colors and bring a flag, if you have one (there will be a few extras available at the Legion).

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  1. Joachim Stiller

    In 1949 Baltimore Sage. H.L. Mencken said:

    “The average soldier… found in the Army a vastly more spacious life, with many of the privileges of a chartered libertine…. If he did a little stealing, it was one of his privileges as a savior of humanity. If he was rough and brutal, it was a sign of his fighting spirit. Moreover, he could look forward to distinction and respect for the rest of his life, with a long list of special privileges. In every community in America, however small, there are local notables whose notability rests wholly on the fact that they were once drafted into some war or other…. Their general intelligence is shown by the kind of ideas they advocate. They are, in the main, bitter enemies of the liberty of the individual, and are responsible for some of the worst corruptions of politics. The most grasping of all politicians is the war veteran.”

    – Is he allowed to say this?

    In 1869 Mikhail Bakunin said:

    “Natural patriotism may be defined as follows: an automatic and wholly uncritical, instinctive attachment for hereditary or traditional ways of life which are collectively accepted, and an equally automatic and instinctive hostility toward any other way of living. It is love for one’s own, and a hatred for everything foreign…”

    – Is he allowed to say this?

    Sometime during his lifetime Einstein observed that:

    “Two things are infinite – the universe and human stupidity. And I’m not sure about the former.”

    – Is he allowed to say that

    And Buffy SaintMary and Donovan Leitch performed the following song during the Vietnam War:

    Universal Soldier

    He’s five foot two and he’s six feet four, he fights with missiles and with spears
    He’s all of thirty-one and he’s only seventeen, he’s been a soldier for a 1000 years
    He’s a catholic, a muslim, an atheist, hindu, A buddhist and a baptist and a jew
    And he knows he shouldn’t kill……..And he knows he always will
    Kill you for me my friend and me for you

    And he’s fightin’ for Canada,he’s fightin for France,he’s fighting for the U.S.A.
    He’s fighting for the Russians and he’s fighting for Japan
    And he thinks we’ll put an end to war this way
    And he’s fighting for democracy, he’s fighting for the reds
    He says it’s for the peace of all
    He’s the one who must decide who’s to live and who’s to die
    And he never sees the writing on the wall

    But without him how would Hitler have condemned them at Dachau
    Without him Caesar would have stood alone
    He’s the one who gives his body as a weapon of the war
    And without him all this killing can’t go on
    He’s the universal soldier and he really is to blame
    His orders come from far away no more
    They come from here and there and you and me and brothers can’t you see
    This is not the way we put the end to war


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