Weekly Feature

2016-05-26 / Letters to the Editor

Remember fallen service members

It is so easy to take for granted how significant our freedoms are and how full our lives feel when we overlook the true significance of Memorial Day.

It’s not hard to gloss over the lives of men and women who sacrificed their own lives in order for ours to be free, when most of us haven’t experienced that unimaginable grief ourselves. But we can’t let it be that easy.

We owe it to our fallen heroes. We owe it to their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters and friends.

We remember Louis Cardin, from Temecula, California, who was a Marine staff sergeant out of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This past March, he died in northern Iraq from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket fire.

We remember Army Spc. Nikolas Welsh, from Mill City, Oregon, who died of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

We also remember Army Sgt. Jessie Davila, of Greensburg, Kansas, who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, in the Kansas Army National Guard. He lost his life when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad.

The many mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, siblings and children of America’s brave military members are referred to as “Gold Star Families” based on the tradition of the military service flag that hung in homes during the world wars. Each blue star on the banner stood for a loved one overseas. Gold honored those never coming home.

Let’s think about our own this Memorial Day. Reach out and honor the sacrifices made so that you can live your lives with freedom and independence.

Focus on the men and women who gave everything, literally everything, to our country. And remember them.

Richard Conklin III
Corinna Buccilli and Alex
Szewczyk Jr.
DAV Roll of Honor
Chapter 120
board members

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