Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham - Medal of Honor Recipient
Died April 22, 2004 from wounds received in Iraq
||Just think about these fallen heroes from an age perspective with the vast majority being oh so young. Many never saw 19, 20, or 21 with most others never seeing 25 or 30. (My mother lost her twin brother in Normandy during World War II when they were only 19 years old.)
So, when you hear about a fallen like 22 year old Marine Corporal Jason Dunham (pictured here), who has been nominated for the Medal of Honor... it should be a somber reminder about all those he has joined in one of our country's most sacred clubs.
Then think about the loved ones left behind, who prayed and worried endlessly for their special one in harm's way. I still think about the period when my youngest son was serving with the Marines in Iraq during 2003 . . . My biggest fear was him becoming a fallen hero. Yes, a father's tremendous pride for him serving would remain, but my anguish over his loss would always be.
That is why remembering the fallen heroes on Memorial Day and honoring our veterans on Veterans' Day will never diminish for this American. Nor is it a question of whether one has served, but respecting and appreciating all those who have.
Blood and lives were shed for our country's independence
and has been necessary to do so