Memorial Day is a time to remember...a time to remember that freedom isn't free and that the cost is very real. It's not necessarily a time to mourn, but rather a time to reflect on the character, bravery, and courage of those who gave all. I don't know that I fully understood the meaning behind Memorial Day until after I graduated into a war-time Army. From some of the Soldiers I have served with, to my classmates, and other graduates I've known or events that were very real to me, this day means more than it did prior to 2002.
Today I remember: SSG Shank, CPL Roberson, SPC Kephart, CPL Hale, SGT McCoy, Todd, Mike, Jim, Kevin, Tim, Drew, Torre, Bryan, Laura, Andy, Leif, and Tim....you will never be forgotten.
Today, as we remember those who gave all, I do want to ask, if you can, to remember those other Service Members who suffered traumatic injuries due to war. The Wounded Warrior Project supports, on a daily basis, those wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are learning to cope with life through their injuries. Whether it's jobs, continued service in the military, dealing with PTSD, etc., the Wounded Warrior Project seeks to empower our countries wounded heroes. I'm seeking to raise as much money as possible for the WWP through the Janus Charity Challenge for Ironman. This is NOT about me!! I am not seeking out a "prize" for myself, but truly want to raise money to help out those that gave more than I have. Every single dollar counts and helps. I won't solicit here often, cause I don't want to nag...but I feel that today is an appropriate day to ask, if you can, to please give.
Just click the following link: WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT.
If you want to learn more about what the WWP does, to include the major bike rides they do in many states, go here: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/