On Memorial Day, remember this fact

As you celebrate this great day in our land, I hope most of you have the day off. And I hope you also take at least a moment to remember all those who died so that we could live in such peace and prosperity in this incredible country.

But I wanted to make one other point that I think often gets forgotten. Yes, we do a decent job of remembering those who died in battle. But I think we forget those who died in peacetime. In regular ole’ training — almost NONE of which is safe.

I probably came closer to dying during a couple of different training exercises than I actually did in harm’s way. Matter of fact, my battalion went into harm’s way in 1997 and returned without any losses. But we lost a great man in “routine” training in 1999. (Lance Corporal Andre Foster.)

If you read one story on Memorial Day, make it this one: A Marine’s crazy, four-day courtship, and the ring he’ll never get to deliver.

Our freedom isn’t free, even when there are no bullets flying at us from some enemy bent upon our destruction.

And if you want to mention below in the comments a loved one who died defending this country, in either peacetime or war, I’d be honored.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

15 thoughts on “On Memorial Day, remember this fact

  1. Riding down to J-Ville this morning, going to the Memorial to spend some time with the fellows. Will tell my wife the same stories she’s heard before and shed a few tears. And though there hasn’t been too many days that I haven’t thought about those guys, killed in a far away land all of those years ago, for a few moments I will feel like I’m close to them again. Semper Fi, 1/8 for life.

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  2. Everett A. Smith (Smitty), US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO
    James J. O’Leary, USMC, WWII, Korea, Vietnam & Cuban Missile Crisis
    Michael T. Sadlo, USMC, War on Terrorism
    Arthur Mulroy, US Navy, Korea & Cuban Missile Crisis

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  3. SFC Michael Cathcart, US Army. Killed In Action on November 14, 2014 in Afghanistan. 31 years old.
    Richard Bahm, US Navy, Korean War (Died as a result of Mesothelioma from being a pipe fitter in the Navy) July 1999

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  4. Veterans Day, November 11, in memory of American military deaths during World War I. See Remembrance Day for similar observances in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other Commonwealth nations.


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