Memorial Day ~ A moment of silence please. For the brave men and women, that protected our freedom, and did not return to be with us today. My heart goes out to their family and friends on this day, their day, our Memorial Day. ~ Thank you for your sacrifice and our freedom. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE. The cost of obtaining it and keeping it, we owe to these true hero's.
Alexander Archer Vandegrift (March 13, 1887 - May 8, 1973) was a general in the United States Marine Corps. He commanded the 1st Marine Division to victory in the Battle of Guadalcanal; for his actions at Guadalcanal, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He later served as the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps; and was the first Marine to hold the rank of four-star general while on active duty. American and Marine Hero!
Jared Monti, U.S. Army~ Congressional Medal of Honor~ Afghanistan. While still directing fire, he personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank his patrol. Realizing one of his Soldiers was lying wounded & with disregard for his own safety he was determined not to leave his Soldier & on his 3rd attempt to cross open terrain through enemy fire he was mortally wounded.
Sgt. Jon E. Bonnell Jr. 22, Fort Dodge, Iowa U.S. Marine Corps Al Anbar Province Hostile - hostile fire Died from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
1968. Vietnam War. // Night was near when two great birds beat through the clouds to squat upon the runway - two gaping-beaked, potbellied prehistoric birds: messengers come now to carry off the fallen men of the day's battle. Marines from Khe Sanh joining those other men killed in all otherwars. Then they were gone and it was night. // by David Duncan Douglas
Chris Kyle - (1974 - February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL. He was the most lethal sniper in United States military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Assigned to SEAL Team 3, Sniper Element Charlie platoon within the Naval Special Warfare Command, and with over four tours of duty, Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was given 2 Silver Stars, 5 Bronze Stars with Valor, 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and1Navy and Marine Corps Commendation.