As we observe Memorial Day this year, I would like to draw attention to some heroes that you may never have heard of or were reported in passing by the MSM. I would also like to personally thank each and every member of our armed forces for their service, sacrifice and dedication to preserving the freedom that we enjoy today. I pray that peace be granted to those who have fallen in course of their duty, comfort be given to those they have left behind, and let this nation remain humble so that no citizen ever forget the debt we owe them.
Patrick Donoghue of the Philadelphia Inquirer had a great column up Friday about remembering our heroes; the link is at the end of his suggestion.
On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who paid the ultimate price for being an American. Each deserves to be remembered, to be kept alive, for just a little longer. There are hundreds of thousands of them, and even the millions of us who are indebted cannot possibly say all of their names. But we can pick just one - from a history book, a news report, war memorial or grave marker - and say it aloud on Memorial Day. We can give it weight, relevance, life. We can say it while we're at the beach, at a barbecue, driving a car, or working around the yard. That one name may get us thinking about the freedoms we exercise but do not always cherish. And it may remind us that in this life, no hour can ever be too precious, no day too mundane. Source
These are some of the names that I will say aloud on this Memorial Day and their stories.
Some outside the
The only Medal of Honor to be awarded for action in the Iraq War so far was given to Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith. On April 4th Sgt. Smith and his 15 combat engineers were tasked with setting up a roadblock just outside
During the Battle of Fallujah, the Marines of 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, India Company paid a heavy price for their success against the terrorists of
Sadly less then a month ago we lost a local hero here in
While Memorial Day is meant to honor our military dead, I want to point out another group of soldiers that while they have not given their lives the sacrifice that they have made should not be overlooked. I am talking about the soldiers that want to return to active combat duty even after losing a limb in warfare. The men profiled in the piece I have linked to have worked their way back to where they are being granted their request to go back to Iraq or Afghanistan and fight alongside the men and women they left after being wounded. If anyone ever doubted the resolve of the American Military they need look no farther then these soldier to see what our men and women are capable of. God Bless and Good Luck.
As you enjoy the holiday wherever you are, please remember that that the freedom that we enjoy and that some abuse is bought and paid for by the blood, sweat, and tears of brave men and women such as the ones listed above. Those are some of the names I will be saying aloud this Memorial Day. Below I have listed some of the charities that I either have donated to or worked with that help our men and women in the military. If you feel the call, please help any or all of them in whatever form you choose. Thank you and God Bless the