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It’s Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day…the one day out of the year the US celebrates, honors and commemorates its men and women who died while in the military service. 

Personally, I believe one day out of the year, is hardly sufficient.  The reason you and I sleep well at night, is because of the men and women out there…watching over us.  So the next time you see one of out military personnel, shake their hand, buy them a beer, and thank them for their service.  Allow me to introduce to you to one such hero, Sgt. Christopher Ramirez.

I know about Sgt. Ramirez, because he is from my home town of McAllen, Texas. On April 16, 2004, Sgt. Ramirez was leading his platoon in Iraq, when they came under enemy fire. Being a true leader, Sgt. Ramirez took the offensive and engaged the enemy until he was mortally wounded.  By taking the fight to the enemy and keeping them occupied with his suppressing fire, Sgt. Ramirez’s men were able to seek defensive positions.  Because of his heroic actions that day, all of his men survived.
A true leader does what he has to do, not what he wants to do.


If you are able,
save for them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O’Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

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