The soldier who was killed on October 27th in Afghanistan was killed by a suicide bomber. He was 22 years old and has 3 and 2 year old sons. His wife is also in the Army. He was in secure compound but still fell prey to those trained to kill him, simply because of the country whom he swore to protect. I encourage you to read the Repository's article on the service. It is in today's paper and can be read here. The story, even though I have never met this family and probably never will, hit home. Perhaps it is because the fallen soldier's name is Nick so reading it just felt strange. The fact that he was killed in a secure compound added to this as this type of location is most like where I'll find myself when the time comes for me to go. The photo is of his wife receiving his folded flag at the conclusion of the service.
As this Tuesday rolls around, please take a moment or two to remember and to honor those who have served before, and to constantly remind yourself of those in harm's way this very second in places several time zones away. It is so easy to forget about them when we don't see or hear about them....but they are still there. For me, my 6 month old federal job has some cool perks and one of those is federal holidays. Since I have Tuesday off, I am going to head up to my girls' elementary school and talk to the Kindergarten and 2nd Grade classes and have lunch with them in my uniform. I hope to get lots of questions and have really good dialogue with all of them. I have found it difficult in my own home to translate and explain what the military is to my kids. All they see is Daddy "going to the Navy" once a month but their understanding stops there. The best way I can make it understandable is bringing it down to service...they get that. They know what it means to serve. In this case, it's just service to our United States to maintain all the freedoms we enjoy 24/7. For young kids, this seems like the most tangible message they can take home with them.
Lastly, take a moment to view "Remember Me":