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Remembering Those We Lost


Memorial Day 2016

With a never ending cycle of 24 hour news, it can be easy to miss key events. This never-ending inundation of propaganda is further confused by the need for every person, group, and organization to be validated in one way or another. Most often, this is achieved by giving months, weeks, and days specific designations in the United States.

As an example, in the U.S., May 2016 is Date Your Mate, Foster Care, and Older Americans Month; along with National Barbecue, Bike, Blood Pressure, Hamburger, Photograph, Recommitment, Salad, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

We also get to celebrate Nurse’s, Wildflower, Bike, Police, and Emergency Medical Services Week and just to narrow it down even further, May 30 is Water a Flower Day, Mint Julep Day, and Loomis Day. Let us not forget the 26 medical causes that have May as their month, week, or day.

With all of these special designations, we have created an environment where it is easy to gloss over the more important things to reflect on.

Above all else, today is Memorial Day, an opportunity to stop and reflect on the men and women who we have lost in service to our nation. Today is especially important to me because of my service during combat operations in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in  2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2007-2008 as a combat medic.

As a combat veteran, I saw many lose their lives. As combat medics, we fought to make sure that every Soldier made it home. We were very good at our jobs but we were not perfect. In war, there will be casualties.

All gave some, some gave all.

There are many Americans who are sometimes confused about the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Today is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not come home to their loved ones. It is always appreciated to know that our service is appreciated but, please honor us on Veterans Day.

Today I ask that you join me to honor those who answered the call from our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are forced to move on without them, without the chance to even share one last moment together. These men and women are the reason that we celebrate Memorial Day.

Gone But Not Forgotten…

Today is Memorial Day. It is not a surprise to many people. Everyone knows that it is some sort of holiday that resulted in a day off from school, work, etc. Most will capitalize on the opportunity to go hit the lake, swim, and grill out. There is nothing wrong with that but there is more to today than just having a good time with friends and family. Please make sure to honor those who answered the call from our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are forced to move on without them, without the chance to even have one last BBQ. There are literally tens of thousands of men and women over the years who never made it home. They are gone but not forgotten.

I especially honor the men who I served with that gave their lives in Iraq:

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.

John 15:13



The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Today I write to encourage everyone to take a minute to remember the real reason for Memorial Day. Like all holiday’s, there has been a commercialization that leads many to forget the real reason for the day. Today is not about selling cars, saving up to 50% off at your favorite department store, or getting a free day off. Memorial Day is about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in armed combat. Whether you find yourself on the right or left side of the aisle, agree or disagree with the military or war, or the decisions that are being made, America’s service members elect to serve our country and to support and defend the Constitution regardless of how they feel about those in command and the orders they are given.

 Always remember that those who die in service to America, do so for you.

I will never forget the men and women who I have served with, that made the ultimate sacrifice. Please take a moment of your day to memorialize the brave men and women of the United States Military who gave everything for us.

Veterans Day 2012

Today is Veterans Day 2012! I would just like to take the chance to thank all those that I have served with, those that have served before us, and those who continue to serve our great country.

The 101st Airborne Division – My Home Sweet Home (In A Past Life Anyway)

For those who have family members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, that sacrifice will never be forgotten and I personally will never be able to express my gratitude for such sacrifice.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. ~Albert Einstein

I hope that all of those veterans out there had a great Veterans Day! Don’t ever forget that there doesn’t have to be a specific day or moment specified to express your gratitude. There is never a bad time to say thank you to a veteran for standing up and defending the interests of the United States and Americans everywhere.