Memorial Day ~A Personal Story
Below is an excerpt from an email from my very dear friend. Tracy's nephew was killed in Iraq and was laid to rest on Saturday. Her family was so worried because several groups had taken out protest petitions and they feared heckling and jeering during his funeral. Sadly, this happens all around our country ~ men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me aren't even given the respect and dignity of a peaceful and quiet burial.
In her own words. . . . . . "I wanted to let you all know that Aaron's funeral was so nice, very respectful, and very appropriate. The Patriot Riders were awesome. There was no negativity and everything was beautiful. The media was very respectful. We didn't see any protests anywhere. The ride from the funeral service to the graveside service was unbelievable. People stopped what they were doing, whether it was fishing or cutting grass, and stood at attention, took their hats off, placed their hands over their hearts, etc. There were several police officers that stopped traffic at all the lights and they saluted or stood at attention as we passed. There was a fire engine company that came to a parking lot along Mercury Blvd and all the firefighters were standing along the street with their hands over their hearts. The gun salute and the playing of Taps was so hard. The outpouring of support in Hampton was unreal. Yesterday, Aaron earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a posthumous promotion to corporal for his actions the day he died."
"Aaron knew what he was getting into. He volunteered to be in the infantry. And I knew that the chances of Aaron coming home alive were not good. He fought for our freedom. He fought so that we could continue to live life like nothing was going on outside of our world here in America. He paid dearly, with his life, for us. So please, continue to remember all of those men and women who are off fighting to keep us safe and fighting so that we can continue to live in the lifestyle that we so comfortably live in. I also ask that you not only remember the lives that have been lost, but also the lives of those soldiers who have been attacked but they have survived. We always hear of the deaths of our soldiers, but we rarely hear about the soldiers who come back home with injuries so severe that many of them wish they had died in combat. And I'm not only speaking of the war in Iraq, but every war we have ever sent any of our men and women off to. Every veteran who has ever been willing to lose his life to protect ours."