Sunday, May 29, 2011

Remember the Fallen

As a PGR member, I've been to more military funerals than I'd care to admit.  I've stood by at airports to honor fallen heroes as they return home on Kalitta airplanes, their family members seeing them for the first time.  I've consoled widows and paid them respects on behalf of the group.  Every experience has been different, and none less heart-wrenching.  At this point, I have yet to attend a military funeral for someone that I've known closely, and I can only hope that the day can be put off as long as possible.

The picture above was taken at a funeral back in California.  The fallen soldier was Vietnamese in descent, and according to cultural tradition, the family walked from the church to his resting place.  It was a sight to be seen, and a beautiful tribute to the young man.

Another memorable funeral I attended was for Marine LCpl San Sim.  His family came to the US as refugees from Cambodia.  As Buddhists, they believe in pacifism, yet Sim enlisted in the Marine Corps.  He was awarded his citizenship posthumously.

Always remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve our freedoms and the American way of life - this weekend and every weekend.

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