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Memorial Day: The Warriors--And Families--We Honor

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“Queen of my domain”

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#1 May 24, 2013
By Tom Manion

Life hasn't been the same since my son, Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq. But even in the saddest of times, the strength of other military families is an inspiration.

I think about warriors like Marine Capt. Adam Brochetti, who served two perilous combat deployments to Afghanistan. In February, Capt. Brochetti found himself standing at the top of a mountain in Vietnam.

Adam flew halfway around the world to honor his uncle, Army Pfc. Frank Brochetti, who was 20 years old when he was killed on the Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) on April 8, 1972. Despite never getting the chance to meet his uncle, Adam has always felt a strong connection.

"There was never a time when Frank's name wasn't brought up, especially by my grandmother," Adam recently told me. "His death had an irrevocable effect on her that we could clearly see, even as young kids."

When Adam and his relatives finally reached the top of the Vietnamese mountain, they placed Frank's picture on its peak and shared in a moment of silence. Adam took a jar of earth home with him to give to his grandparents, a memento from the ground where their boy died.

With an all-volunteer military force, many Americans no longer share a connection with the nation's fallen heroes, veterans and military families. As only about 1% of the population serves in uniform, and little attention is paid to continuing post-9/11 sacrifices, incredible stories are often overlooked.

Army Master Sgt. Jennifer Loredo was serving in Afghanistan when her husband, Staff Sgt. Eddie Loredo, 34, was killed in a June 24, 2010, roadside bomb attack. After accompanying his flag-draped casket home, Jennifer summoned the willpower to explain the tragedy to her kids.

Today, the Gold Star wife and active-duty soldier helps other military families cope with tragedy and stress. Her own remarkable courage is an inspiring example.

After Army Sgt. Aaron Wittman was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 10, the Washington Post headlined a Feb. 8 article "First U.S. casualty of 2013 buried in Arlington Cemetery." But to Sgt. Wittman's parents, who both served in uniform, their 28-year-old son was much more than a statistic.

"The importance of this young man's life was not that he was the first casualty of 2013," said Aaron's dad, Duane Wittman, an Army major now retired.

Like his parents, sister, brother and sister-in-law, Sgt. Wittman put on a uniform and dedicated his life to protecting others. After he was killed while fighting back during an enemy ambush, soldiers told the Wittmans that they were still alive because of Aaron.

Aaron's headstone was recently inscribed with the family's abridged version of a Bible verse: "Blessed is he who lays down his life for others."

Sgt. Aaron Wittman and Staff Sgt. Eddie Loredo were buried in the same section of Arlington National Cemetery as my son, where they are surrounded by their brothers and sisters in arms, as well as fallen heroes and family members from the eras of other conflicts.

No matter which generation gets the call, patriots have always been ready to serve. Because of their sacrifices, Memorial Day is a holiday of unparalleled significance for the nation. But if we want brave men and women to continue stepping forward, we must understand and appreciate what people like Adam, Frank, Aaron, Eddie, Jennifer and their families have sacrificed to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

This Memorial Day, reach out in your neighborhoods and communities to honor your city or town's heroes and their families. Share their stories so future generations will understand the cost of freedom. Bring your families and friends together for a moment of silence, and put a face on those who have paid the ultimate price.

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Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#2 May 24, 2013
Fire up the grill!
just saying

Blacklick, OH

#3 May 24, 2013
Memorial Day: The Races--And Drivers--We Watch

Formula One - Grand Prix of Monaco

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500

NASCAR - Coca-Cola 600

More than 1,200 miles of racing on Sunday

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#4 May 24, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
Fire up the grill!
What an a-hole.
just saying

Blacklick, OH

#5 May 24, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
Fire up the grill!
Chill the beer!
just saying

Blacklick, OH

#6 May 24, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>What an a-hole.
Lighten up, Francis.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#7 May 24, 2013
just saying wrote:
<quoted text>
Lighten up, Francis.
You're the same type of idiots who think knocking down headstones is fun.
just asking

Blacklick, OH

#8 May 24, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>You're the same type of idiots who think knocking down headstones is fun.
Are we plural?

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#9 May 24, 2013
just asking wrote:
<quoted text>
Are we plural?
Why don't you try having a laugh with thses people:

http://redoubtreporter.files.wordpress.com/20...

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#10 May 24, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
Fire up the grill!
Vapid much? There's a reason you get a long weekend to fire up the bbq. Your nonsense has long ago become more than tiresome.

Daughter of a WW2 Army Air Force combat vet, a ball turret gunner. One of the guys who helped bomb Blechhammer and Nazi oil supply lines. Had orders to fly at tree top level for some missions, 1944, B17. Mission orders were to fly in ahead of the bombers, gunning from tree top level to blow up as many oil tanks, equipment, buildings as possible. Pretty damned dangerous. If no military service or don't know anyone who has served, at least be a moment of reflection, is that possible for you?

Just thought I'd post a reminder of why we celebrate Memorial Day.
just asking

Blacklick, OH

#11 May 24, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>Why don't you try having a laugh with thses people:
http://redoubtreporter.files.wordpress.com/20...
Parading our honoured dead for your own agenda, George?

When did you join Westboro Baptist Church?

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#12 May 24, 2013
just asking wrote:
<quoted text>
Parading our honoured dead for your own agenda, George?
When did you join Westboro Baptist Church?
The fact that that's all you can come up with tells us all we need to know about you.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#13 May 24, 2013
just asking wrote:
<quoted text>
Parading our honoured dead for your own agenda, George?
When did you join Westboro Baptist Church?
Now they're "our honored dead" to you, huh? You must have had quite an epiphany in the last 20 minutes.
What a tool.
just asking

Blacklick, OH

#14 May 24, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>The fact that that's all you can come up with tells us all we need to know about you.
We? D'ya have a mouse in your pocket, old man?

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#15 May 24, 2013
just asking wrote:
<quoted text>
We? D'ya have a mouse in your pocket, old man?
I have a like minded poster on this thread, punk. And a lot more who see this thread will agree with us than with you ignorant, disrespectful cretins.
just saying

Blacklick, OH

#16 May 24, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>Now they're "our honored dead" to you, huh? You must have had quite an epiphany in the last 20 minutes.
What a tool.
You want to spend the weekend looking at the ground and being sad? Knock yourself out, angry old man! I'll be looking at the sky and remembering a few who fell with a tip of a beer bottle and a prayer of thanks.

-Clayton Bigsby

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#17 May 24, 2013
just saying wrote:
<quoted text>
You want to spend the weekend looking at the ground and being sad? Knock yourself out, angry old man! I'll be looking at the sky and remembering a few who fell with a tip of a beer bottle and a prayer of thanks.
Trying to dig out of that hole, kid?
Too late.
just saying

Blacklick, OH

#18 May 24, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>I have a like minded poster on this thread, punk. And a lot more who see this thread will agree with us than with you ignorant, disrespectful cretins.
Whatever, George.

Stew in your hate if you want, it's your pathetic life.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#19 May 24, 2013
just asking wrote:
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Parading our honoured dead for your own agenda, George?
When did you join Westboro Baptist Church?
This is completely beyond the pale.

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

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#20 May 24, 2013
just saying wrote:
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You want to spend the weekend looking at the ground and being sad? Knock yourself out, angry old man! I'll be looking at the sky and remembering a few who fell with a tip of a beer bottle and a prayer of thanks.
Gratitude does not mean sad. In this context, I do believe the author is asking to pay it forward for those who have served and died.

If looking at the sky with a toast and a prayer of thanks is your way of remembrance, good idea. Story or remembrance, to share? We should never forget, no matter the context or era they served.

"This Memorial Day, reach out in your neighborhoods and communities to honor your city or town's heroes and their families. Share their stories so future generations will understand the cost of freedom. Bring your families and friends together for a moment of silence, and put a face on those who have paid the ultimate price."

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