The Bracelet

May 25, 2009 · Filed Under Deployment, Honor Their Service, Military Parents · 3 Comments 

My son wears no jewelry, nor has he ever liked to wear it. He wears his wedding band, removed only during training or while deployed. He carries in his inner pocket a piece of jewelry, a personal reminder of his wife’s love and devotion. He wore an obligatory bracelet as a baby and remove at every opportunity.  My son, never removes his bracelet.

Two years have come and gone since 05 March 2007 but the memory of seven brave paratroopers is never gone. For the parents left behind … memories of their sons remain as fresh as they day their flag draped coffins arrived at Dover on a spring day. Nor, memories of their visits, home cooked meals, laughter, and tears when their time home was up. Voices heard through the hollowed sound of a poor phone connection, memories never gone. For the paratroopers with whom they served, the memories of their fallen brothers, never gone. Through the darkest days of the unit’s deployment, through losses, each of the men who served with them came away with memories that will never be gone. Times spent together with very few moments of peace and quiet, days and nights of patrols, rushes of adrenalin, precious few hours of sleep. Each, is regarded as a hero although they themselves would be the last to consider themselves as such.

This year, the day brings a much heavier heart, more than usual. The 3rd BCT, 82nd ABN is deployed to Iraq. I am certain they all paused during their duties to remember.  Perhaps, they were able to have a memorial service honoring all the fallen. My feelings about the price paid by generations of men and women with their lives and the family and friends left behind are right at the surface. I do not have to go down very deep into my heart to remember them: faces of sacrifice and courage.

RESPECT  |  HONOR   SELFLESSNESS | DIGNITY

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With great honor and deepest respect, we remember seven brave, vibrant young men whom are missed by their mothers and fathers, wives, children, families, loved ones, and their paratrooper brothers in C co., 2-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT-82nd ABN.

They left our world too soon but their spirit lives on forever in the hearts of those who remain behind.

God Bless our troops, veterans and their families.

May God continue to embrace the families and loved ones of all our brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Each did so with respect, honor, selflessness, courage, and dignity.

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 Articles and Information: On the Road in Samarra   Return from Samarra 

Staff Sgt. Justin M. Estes, 25
05 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Lightning
Died as a result of injuries sustained following an explosion near vehicles while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province / DoD Release: Died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an IED detonated near their unit during combat operations Iraq-Afghanistan War Heroes 

Staff Sgt. Robert M. Stanley, 27
05 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Lightning
Died as a result of injuries sustained following an explosion near vehicles while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province / DoD Release: Died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an IED detonated near their unit during combat operations Iraq-Afghanistan War Heroes

Sgt. Andrew C. Perkins, 27
05 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Lightning
Died as a result of injuries sustained following an explosion near vehicles while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province / DoD Release: Died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an IED detonated near their unit during combat operations Iraq-Afghanistan War Heroes

Spc. Ryan M. Bell, 21
05 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Lightning
Died as a result of injuries sustained following an explosion near vehicles while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province / DoD Release: Died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an IED detonated near their unit during combat operations Iraq-Afghanistan War Heroes

Spc. Justin A. Rollins, 22
05 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Lightning
Died as a result of injuries sustained following an explosion near vehicles while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province / DoD Release: Died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an IED detonated near their unit during combat operations Iraq-Afghanistan War Heroes

Pfc. Cory C. Kosters, 19
05 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division, TF Lightning
Died as a result of injuries sustained following an explosion near vehicles while conducting combat operations in Salah ad Din province / DoD Release: Died Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq, when an IED detonated near their unit during combat operations Iraq-Afghanistan Heroes

505thSpc. Joshua M. Boyd, 30
14 March 2007
2nd Bn, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division
DoD Release: Died Mar. 14 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device exploded near his unit Mar. 5 in Samarra, Iraq Iraq-Afghanistan War Heroes

 

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Beyond Tribute – Memorial Day

beyond-tributeI went to  the launch for Beyond Tribute yesterday, and with the Memorial Day weekend coming up, wanted to make sure all our  readers (those loyal few) get the word!

Beyond Tribute is  – to quote one of the founders – not a charity, not an organization, it’s an idea!  The idea is to make the holidays that should be devoted to veterans and those who gave their lives,  mean more again.  To those in America who don’t know anyone in the military –  and we all know how many that description fits – right now Memorial Day is the day for a good sale – and none of us will turn down a good sale!  But wouldn’t it be even better if the business doing that great sale on purses (that’s for Pam Eggleston the purse maven, the milspouse who spoke at the launch about her life with Charles, her husband and wounded warrior) was going to contribute part of the profits from that sale to programs for vets?  General Wesley Clark said at the launch that we need to transform Memorial Day and Veterans Day back into a holiday of more meaning.  The President of Gold Star Mothers spoke very movingly at the launch as well.  We cannot allow this day to be only the day the pool opens, the day for a great bargain on a dress..  We must remember, we must make everyone else remember too!

So – if you haven’t taken the pledge yet – go over and do it. Then send the link to the businesses you use – big and small.  Send the link to your family, send the link to your friends and co-workers. Let’s put the memories back into Memorial Day, and by Veteran’s Day – make the rest of the country remember the veterans.

LAW