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« on: July 08, 2009, 05:33:32 AM »

With no disrespect intended to the Jackson family, this sure does reveal the shallowness of our value system in this country.

 
While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.

Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.
These American military members died in Iraq this month:

Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
Specialist Christopher M. Kurth
Specialist Charles D. Parrish
Lance C or p or al Robert D. Ulmer
Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo
Sergeant Joshua W. Soto
Captain Kafele H. Sims
Specialist Chancell or A. Keesling

And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:
Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.
Specialist Munguia Rivas, Rodrigo A.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.
1st Sergeant Blair, John D.
Sergeant Smith, Paul G.
Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua
Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.
Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.
Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr., Ricky L.
Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.
Lance C or p or al Whittle, Joshua R.
Maj or Barnes, Rocco M.
Maj or Jenrette, Kevin M.
Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.
Specialist J or dan, Jeffrey W.
Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P.
Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.
Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.
Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.
Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.
Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.
 
Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009, 03:17:37 PM »

Yes, it's a sad state of affairs when we are bombarded with this kind of news day after day, when the really important news goes without any real attention.

Our priorities have certainly been misplaced of late!
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 01:17:01 AM »

I would like to give my thanks  to the brave soldiers who fight and die for our freedom and I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of those who die or suffer wounds in the defense of this country. Although it may not seem like it, there are many of us who honor our military. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2009, 04:40:29 PM »

 I'm a veteran of the Army, E-5/SGT served in Desert Storm and elsewhere, and think that was a cool thing to bring that point up. Believe me when I tell you that it is a VERY rare thing when someone says anything about service members. And you are right about how the public acts towards these people. ill make this short....yes some can sing, some act, ect...but really, isn't the amount of income more than enough recognition? what real contribution to the public do these people provide? and do they really care about the public?...anyways....this was the first post I read on this website, first time log in for me, and had to say something...Thanks for making a great point.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2009, 07:10:08 PM »

Thank you for your service to our country Forlen!
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009, 03:28:19 AM »

We are in a new week and while the media is still talking about Michael Jackson, more Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are dying.
These guys never wrote hit songs, starred in movies, sold products on television, lead football teams to the Superbowl, or made a career of sitting next to late night talk show hosts. But they at least deserve mention.

Rats get fat while good men die.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2009, 02:12:08 PM »


    We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services.

    I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

    Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

    I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

    Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.

    Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 . . . " at which point my heart skipped.

    At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

    I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what D-Day was. At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland , into Arnhem ." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . . and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

    I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France , and he said "Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.

    I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.

    He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

    Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

    There was no parade.

    No big event in Staples Center .

    No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.

    No weeping fans on television.

    And that's not right.

    Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

    Rest in peace, Shifty.

    "A nation without heroes is nothing."
    (Roberto Clemente)


     

     

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