Blake McKenzie "BuddahMan" Harris
March 30, 1979 - March 15, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2018 3:33 PM
Lord how time flies... 11 years and it still seems like only yesterday. I sat around Tuesday night wondering what would have gone through one's mind if you had any idea that today might be your last day on earth. I'm glad to say I know for a fact Blake was thinking about his guys and not himself that night. One of his Privates was really down and discouraged that night after finding out about the mission the next day; was really missing his wife and family and really depressed. Blake realized his mind was not in the right mode and talked to him for a long time. He eventually decided tomorrow was not a good time for him to be out, so Blake made the decision to go in his place. Only God knows what gave Blake that thought that night, at least he had the chance to ask God "WHY?" the next day. We as parents can only hope we have trained our children up in the right way, to be in tune with God's plan for their lives and I guess Blake was a living testimony to our feeble attempts to show him the right way. It was his decision to show love and compassion for his soldier, not knowing it would be the last thing he did on earth. As the song goes you are listening to, "I guess Heaven was needing a Hero like him..."
The people who knew Blake and those who loved him all know he was rough around the edges but in his heart he was, and still is, a big "softy". I only hope I can live the rest of my life honoring his sacrifice with memories and acts of compassion while I'm still here on earth.
Dad Harris (Suwanee, GA)
Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:11 AM
How is it that time seems to pass much faster as we grow older? Another year has rolled around and yet it still seems like 2007 was just yesterday. I still hear songs that bring tears to my eyes and I still visit places that bring back haunting memories. We still have a copy of that last voice message you left in 2006 and the sound of your voice brings the tears. I guess until the day I die and once again hold you in my arms, I will miss you and love you and tell the world how proud I am to have you as a son. I know it has only been a blink of your eye in heaven, but it has been an eternity down here without you. You are loved and remembered and honored everyday and your brothers-in-arms are prayed for constantly while going in harms way for us.
Pop Harris (Royston, GA)
Friday, March 15, 2013 5:42 AM
Well another year has come and gone....6 long ones. It's hard to understand how pain can last so long. Blake suffered for an instant and we continue to suffer almost daily, I guess that's the meaning of grieving. How much we long for and miss the "what could have been" events of a life cut so short... memories can only fill so much of a void. The picture on the wall and in our hearts continues to wear that big ole smile and we know it is even bigger today because of where he is, but I find it hard to smile except when remembering the good memories of events and Christmas' and Lake Burton trips. That brings on grief and joy all mixed into one....how I long to hold you in my arms again....someday
Pop (Royston, GA)
Friday, December 17, 2010 8:25 PM
I still remember the last time I saw Blake was in Germany and he told me that this cooking stuff was not for him and he was going to change his mos. I have lots of memories of Blake when I got 2-504 and I learn so much from him. He made those 1st two years of the army go by fast. The trip to GA and when we jump off that bridge or just getting wasted out his house and sleeping on his front porch, or when I was with him when his Honda got rear end, and getting tattoos are just some of the memories I have.
Robert Woodring (HI)
Sunday, October 03, 2010 8:02 AM
Blake was a fun loving guy, who put other's interests before his own. I am so sorry for the loss. I can only imagine how you feel. Yet, be remembered that "there will be a resurrection" in a beautiful paradise here on Earth (Acts 24: 15; Psalm 37: 10, 11). May this hope comfort you during this difficult moment in your life.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:20 PM
This is a beautiful memorial. I too just lost my son on December 20, 2009. He was in Iraq for his year, but after being there 6 months, April 2006, he became very sick. Sent him to Walter Reed, to find out he had AML Leukemia. Sent us to San Antonio to Wilford Hall for a bone marrow transplant. Thank God for his little sister. She matched him. Then in July 2007 it came back. She then gave him her stem cells in Omaha NE. He did very good until April 2009, it came back in tumor form, and again in October 2009. Was scheduled for another bone marrow transplant , but got an infection, then started bleeding in his brain. To watch him die, a part of me died. He wanted to live. He smiled even when he didn't feel good. He never complained. He is my guardian angel , my son, my hero. I love him, and miss him so much. It is hard to get through each new day. He was married, has 2 sons. Two sisters. Thank you for letting me write on your memorial. Our sons are our treasures.
Laura DeLashmutt (LeMars, IA)
Saturday, August 07, 2010 10:22 AM
I am so sorry you lost your baby boy. But Thank You for having such a giving and loving son who gave the ultimate price for our Country. May God bless you and your family.
Jeanette Bersano Newville
Jeanette Bersano Newville (Colorado Springs, CO)
Monday, May 31, 2010 9:59 AM
I just wanted to visit Blake's site on this Memorial Day and thank him for his sacrifice. I still hang a sign in my yard every Memorial Day in his memory. This is the first time I've seen this site. I read your words and I completely believe as you do. Thank you for sharing!
Becky Wesley (Hendersonville, TN)
Saturday, May 29, 2010 11:59 PM
I am sorry for your loss. I know how it feels to lose a son. My son, Thomas Lee was shot on August 13, 2008 and died from his injuries August 14, 2008. I extend my condolences to your family.
Submitted In Memory of Tommy Lee
Marsha Lee (Blue, IL)
Saturday, May 29, 2010 1:13 PM
Im sorry about your son just read about it. I also lost my 13 year daugther 6 years ago. I know the pain but they are always with. I will keep you and your family in my prayers
Cynthia Mondragon (Tyrone, NM)