November 11, 2010
Veterans' Day is really about honoring those who are serving or have served. I've already thanked my favorite veteran today.
How about you? Did you do something special to mark Veterans' Day?
Every year since 2004, Veterans' Day has had a second meaning for me.
The second battle of Fallujah was raging and one of our 1st LAR companies, Charlie, was in the thick of it.
And on that day six years ago, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion lost SSgt. Theodore "Sam" Holder and LCPL Kyle Burns.
They died within minutes of each other.
Marine brothers in life, they were both buried at Ft. Logan cememtery within hours of each other.
James Sheeler remembers a tale of two tombstones. For those that don't know, James Sheeler wrote a book called "Final Salute" about his experiences with Lt. Col. Steve Beck as he went about his duties caring for the families of fallen Marines. It is an amazing book and I highly recommend it. You want to understand the cost of war?
There you go.
As I've done for several years now, I went back today to Crash Fistfight's blog to reread his post called "What Veterans' Day Means to Me".
He knew these men and he wanted to make sure that we knew them a little too. He wanted to make sure we didn't forget.
We should never forget to thank our veterans for all they do on our behalf. We should never forget men like SSgt. Holder and LCPL. Burns.
Either would be a sin.
Posted by Carrie at November 11, 2010 05:00 PM
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Just thinking bout you on this gloomy day. Thanks for everything kyle! A true friend and hero! God Bless You!
Posted by: Erich Taboga at November 11, 2010 10:30 PM
Allow me to offer my gratitude for the herculean work you and all the others did to promote Project Valour-IT. I thank my lucky stars that I stumbled upon your post about this wonderful cause last year. It was solely because of you that I got involved and will stay involved with Soldiers Angels and Project Valour.
You asked your readers if they did something special to mark Veterans Day. I work with about fifty guys every day. I greeted each one of them asking if they served in America’s military. If they anwered "yes" I thanked them for their service and shook their hand.
I also saw several men and women in their BDUs roaming around the airport where I work and approached them asking if I might shake the hand of hero. When they reached out their hand, I said, “Thank you for your service and your sacrifice to this great nation. Thank you for all you do and may God bless you and keep you in your travels.”
Without exception, they look at me and say, “I’m no hero, ma’am.”
I see them as heroes because without them we could not live free.
As to James Sheeler’s book “Final Salute”, for Memorial Day 2010 I did a five-part series on the book. If your readers would like, they can read excerpts from the powerful story here:
Posted by: No Sheeples Here at November 12, 2010 06:15 PM
If I had to name the best moments in the past 7 or so years, it would be moments like Valour IT where people from all walks of life came forward to do something good (as opposed to talking about it, which tends to occupy the vast majority of our time in the blogosphere).
Thanks for your wonderful support of Valour IT, both last year and this year. Carrie and Cassy did a phenomenal job of running this year's campaign, and a big part of that is the way people like you stepped up.
Posted by: Cassandra at November 13, 2010 11:54 AM
Thank you for such a nice article of our veterans. I'm a VietNam veteran (yes, I actually served incountry contrary to what some politicians tell others when they really didn't serve in VN).
Posted by: RedRobin at November 14, 2010 10:24 AM