This Memorial Day, tell your children and your grandchildren about the men and women you may have known that gave their lives for the privilege of this country’s freedom. While COVID still may prevent major gatherings at Memorial Day events, you might be able to visit a local cemetery or National Cemetery to spend some quiet, respectful moments with the fallen. You will see that their graves are festooned with American flags. You could watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, where you can hear inspiring stories about the fallen and hear some great music.
In any case, take time to remember those whose ultimate sacrifice has helped to keep the gift of freedom alive and well in this country for 245 years.
We all pray for the day when we will go to war no more. But we must never forget those who lived in times when the terrible scourge of war forced itself upon us in many ways, for many reasons and had the courage to put on the uniforms of our Armed Forces and go to the front to defend the walls of freedom against those who would threaten it. We remember those who gave their lives in those efforts…for the rest of us.
- Excerpts and a video from Memorial Day: Remember the Fakkeb b Dan Doyle.
I always ask for prayers for the families of soldiers that served with Chad in Iraq in 2005. The list below are those young men who gave their life that year serving our great country. Thank you gentlemen.
Freedom Is Not Free
…in memory of our fallen comrades
Sergeant Robert Shane Pugh Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Robert McNail Bravo Company, 150th Engineers
Sergeant Timothy Osbey Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Joseph Rahaim Alpha Company, 1-155th Infantry
Staff Sergeant Saburant Parker Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Daniel R. Varnado Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Specialist Bryan E. Barron Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Corporal Audrey D. Lunsford Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Major Gregory Fester Bravo Company, 490th Civil Affairs
Captain Lowell Thomas Miller II Headquarters Company, 1-155th Infantry
1st Lieutenant Robert C. Oneto-Sikorski Charlie Company, 1-155th Infantry
Please pray for their families and all the other families of military men and women who died serving our country.