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November 11, 2009

Marines of the Day: SSgt. Theodore "Sam" Holder and LCpl. Kyle Burns

Veterans' Day is for the living. Memorial Day is for the fallen.

That said, for those in 1st LAR, Veterans' Day 2004 is when the unit lost Holder and Burns in the second battle of Fallujah. Today is the 5th anniversary of their deaths.

Paul at CrashFistFight was their platoon leader. He wrote about them and what happened that day at his blog.

Their names might be familiar. James Sheeler wrote about them and their families in his book "Final Salute".

The Casualty Notification Officer that Mr. Sheeler "embedded" with, now Lt. Col. Steve Beck (ret.) has formed an organization dedicated to remembering the fallen.

The video circulated last week titled "Remembering the Brave" is from one of the organization's ceremonies held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. I've linked to the photo slideshow on their site.

So, yes, Veterans' Day is for the living but for my family, it's also about remembering the brave.

Thank you to all veterans and their families. Your service is so very much appreciated.

Posted by at November 11, 2009 09:25 AM

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Today is my day,

yet more to the pointy end of the spear, it's my son T.C's day.
I did serve, NAVY, Black Shoe, joined to see the world, got San D and Oakland for my adventure under the WORST C.I.C in the history of our modern military. Sitting in the BEQ watching day 200+ of the Iranian Hostage crisis unfold EVERY STINKING NIGHT, people left in disgust, not only from the BEQ, but from the military as well. T.C? No problem there, 4 tours in Iraq, Afgan soon, I pay my Homage to him and to ALL the Vets that served this Great Country with honor in wars that kept this country FREE! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: Richard at November 11, 2009 10:38 PM

I'm sorry to neglect,

T.C is a Marine.

Posted by: Richard at November 11, 2009 10:47 PM

Urrahh, Richard.

Posted by: Carrie at November 12, 2009 07:28 AM