Today is Memorial Day, a day that I regularly struggle with. There are three main reasons for this:
1. A great number of people forget (or don’t even know) the actual meaning of Memorial Day.
2. It has been commercialized to an extent that is beyond my tolerance. This is true of most holidays anymore but I have a bit of an issue with people using a day set aside to remember those who have given their lives for us to sell mattresses or cars.
3. During my combat tours in Iraq, we lost too many good men. I am still haunted by some of my experiences and days like today can be difficult. All the lives that were lost are a tragedy but I especially honor the men who I served with in the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry who gave their lives for our country:
PFC Scott A. Messer, B TRP 1-32 CAV, 02 February 2006
SGT Thomas B. Turner Jr., C TRP 1-32 CAV, 14 July 2006
SPC Jermaine D. Franklin, A TRP 1-32 CAV, 09 November 2007
SSG Jonathon L. Martin, A TRP 1-32 CAV, 22 Novmber 2007
PFC Danny L. Kimme, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 16 January 2008
PFC David H. Sharrett, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 16 January 2008
SPC John P. Sigsbee, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 16 January 2008
PFC John T. Bishop, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 23 April 2008
1LT Timothy W. Cunningham, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 23 April 2008
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.