After some deep breaths we finally
got it out of her that was not her husband but a
friend of theirs. I only know her as Jessica; she
was an it Army Medic and our friend's partner when
she was on active duty in the Army. She died on
Sunday (MOTHERS DAY) after an IED went off near her
vehicle. Shrapnel hit her in the chest and her fellow
Solders and medics did everything they could to save her. I
am told she was a fighter and she did so until the very end.
We attempted to comfort our friend this morning but I am not sure how good a
job we did. It made me think about my son, Leo. He came to me one day and
said "Dad, when I grow up I want to join the Navy." Now nothing could make
me prouder but on the other hand I do not want my son in harms way so I
replied "Sure son as long as this war is over." He turned and looked at me
and said "What war daddy?" It made me think, that's what we fight for,
that's why we have to make the sacrifices, so our children might never know
what war is.
We take the fight to them because if we do not, the fight will come to us
and that is something I never want to see. There is a saying "ALL GAVE SOME
AND SOME GAVE ALL!" the "some gave all" part has always been clear to me but
the "all gave some" part has never been clearer than this morning. You see
Jessica's death does not only affect her family and friends it affects us
all. We lost a sister, a daughter and a friend but most of all we lost a
Someone willing to give all for our country, someone willing to take the
fight to them so our children may never know what war is. I did not know
Jessica but she is my hero and I will never forget her.
Please put Jessica, her family and our country in your thoughts and prayers.
God bless us all.
When I read Brian's words I knew that they needed to be
shared and he graciously allowed me to do so. Memorial Day is so much more than
a three-day weekend and a chance to fire up the grill.
Originally called Decoration Day it was started as a day to remember and honor
the fallen of the Civil War . . . on both sides. It is not known for sure where
the practice started (though many claim the honor) but it was meant as a day of
reconciliation. First officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan,
national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, it was celebrated on 30
May when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate
soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. After WWI the holiday's focus was
changed to honoring the fallen of all wars where Americans paid the ultimate
It is very sad that the observance of the holiday has dropped off considerably
in recent years and many towns and cities no longer even have a service or
parade. Today our children are grossly ignorant of what the day means other than
old war movies on TV (especially with our public education system downplaying
the importance of anything like this). It is important, no it is imperative that
we remember and teach our children that our Freedom was hard won and paid for by
the blood of Patriots.
In December of 2000 a resolution was passed calling for a "National Moment of
Remembrance". The resolution asks that each citizen of this great nation
voluntarily pause at 1500 (3 PM) local time to have their own time of honor and
reflection either by a moment of silence or the playing of Taps. I pray that you
will observe this with me.
Why do we continue to fight? I simply look at my children and I have my answer
loud and clear. Let us join together and not forget.
ITC Lee Crowson, USN
Chief Crowson is an Information Systems Technician for the
Navy Reserve who is currently serving on active duty at
Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command in New Orleans, LA.
During his career in addition to his role as a
communications operator he has functioned as an instructor
for personnel entering the Navy Reserve with no prior
military experience. His other duties included serving with
Navy Coastal Warfare, a part of Navy Expeditionary Combat
Command, and with Navy Expeditionary Logistics Group
deploying both to the Middle East and to Guantanamo Bay,
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