While the ex-NFL star Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan was very tragic and sad, I think he would want the thoughts about him to include all those troops who have given their lives for the United States and fellow citizens.
Yes, this fallen Army Ranger was well known and gave up a multi-million dollar professional football career to serve his country in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Yet, he did so without taking advantage of it for personal and financial gain, including the refusal of interviews with the press.Simply put... Corporal Pat Tillman was a man of exceptional character! He exemplified duty, pride, and honor . . . His love of country should make all
United States citizens salute his noble resolve
regardless of any
political and/or religious perspective.
I certainly will not forget this brave man, which reinforces how I feel towards my youngest son being a Marine. It even makes me think about my father and father-in-law's service during World War II. (My father-in-law also served in the USAF active reserve, including duty in Vietnam.)
Moreover, Corporal Tillman is a spotlight that shines on all who are now serving in the U.S. armed forces. Like he and his brother, all volunteered and are doing their best to protect the USA as their respective role demands. Each one of them has loved ones and friends who support them with pride . . . and worry constantly when they are in harm's way. We all owe them our unyielding support and gratitude.
To Corporal Pat Tillman's wife, parents, other loved ones, and friends... He gave up so much to serve our great country to the ultimate end . . . His unselfish act of patriotism will always be an enduring example of America's best, who serve our country heroically.
Author of the books
American Pride, Cemetery
Woods, Mere Chance, and Waking Dreams