Iwo FlagThis weekend is fun for many of us across America.  Lots of barbecues, picnics, camping, fishing, etc.  It is a day to spend time with our families and friends. A time to enjoy a day off from work.  But this day goes far beyond just having a long weekend, or grilling up some hamburgers.

We each need to remember to take a moment and honor the men and women who died on our behalf in battlefields around the world.  We must take the time to honor their sacrifice for us.

As a veteran of the war in Iraq, I came to realize the cost of what liberty is, and it is something I can never forget.  The price for me to even write  this today was because men and women, knowing they may go into harms way, raise their right hand and swear to uphold and defend the Constitution.  When they do get placed in harms way, they move forward into the chaos, and ultimately, give up their lives so that we can remain free.

I ask each and every one of you to join with me across this nation at noon on Memorial Day for a moment of silence to reflect on those we know who have fallen on foreign shores.  If you do not have someone you know personally, take the time just to honor all of them and their memories.

I would like to take a moment and deliver the names of the men I served with in my time in the Marine Corps who were not able to be here to day, and honor them.  I will never forget the impact they had in my life, and they will forever remain my brothers.  Some of them I knew very well, and others only for a little while, but they are my friends, and my heroes nonetheless.

  1. Corporal David Vicente
  2. Private First Class Dustin Sekula
  3. Lance Corporal Aric Barr
  4. Corporal Dominique Nicholas
  5. Corporal Matthew Henderson
  6. Lance Corporal Kyle Codner
  7. Staff Sergeant Marvin Best
  8. Lance Corporal Kane Funke
  9. Private First Class Ramon Romero
  10. Lance Corporal David Mendez
  11. Lance Corporal Scott Zubowski
  12. Staff Sergeant Daniel Clay
  13. Private First Class John Holmason
  14. Lance Corporal David Huhn
  15. Lance Corporal Adam Kaiser
  16. Lance Corporal Robert Martinez
  17. Corporal Anthony McElveen
  18. Lance Corporal Scott Modeen
  19. Lance Corporal Andrew Patten
  20. Sergeant Andy Stevens
  21. Lance Corporal Craig Watson
  22. Lance Corporal Johnny Strong
  23. Lance Corporal Nigel Olsen

God bless their families, and may we never forget.


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