Today I have all of our men in women in the military in my thoughts.
Today I am grateful and humbled by their service.
Forgive me but I'd like to discuss a few I am associated with.
on August 21st, 2009 Sgt. Matthew Ingram died in Chapa Dara, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle and his unit came under small fire from enemy forces.
I was at Matt's wedding; he married a good friend of mine, Holly in the summer of 2006.
I have lost touch with Holly. Today I found her on Facebook, and hope to reconnect.
The local news did a story on Matt and interview Holly last August, which is how I learned of his death.
My heart goes out to Holly and her (now, year old) daughter Chloe.
I have to also mention Mrs. Rachel Porto today. Visit her blog, here if you haven't already.
Johnny is in my thoughts today. As are you and Ariana.
John William Finn
Medal of Honor earned by manning a machine gun from an exposed position throughout the attack, despite being repeatedly wounded. Through all of that he continued to serve in the Navy until the time of his retirement.
John Finn passed away at 100 years of age on 27 May 2010.
He was the last Pearl Harbor Survivor.
Take some time today to remember and appreciate the military who have given their lives for the freedoms we hold so dear.
"Greater love hath no one than this, that he lay his life down for his friends." John 15:13