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Memorial Day and Survivor’s Guilt May 28, 2012

Posted by digitalbrownshirt in Heroes, Honor, News, Philosophy, Religion.

Every year my church has a tradition of having the veterans line up in front of the congregation on the Sunday preceding Memorial Day and every year I feel guilty because I feel like we’re stealing glory from those who didn’t survive.  We have Veterans Day. Memorial Day is about the dead, not the living, but in a way it’s not. Our pastor told us that we still remember the dead, but it’s too late to say thank you to them. It’s not too late to say thank you to the survivors so we continue the tradition. His words helped. Now I think that it’s more like a moment for us all to join together to remember our brothers and sisters that didn’t survive. People need a time to grieve together, a time of rememberance. It’s like bringing them back to life for a little while even if it’s only in our memories. Having talked to some of the other vets I know that’s what they’re thinking too. Some sadness, some guilt, but at the same time proud of those who gave all so that we could be standing there today. It felt like they were there with us.

When I first started thinking about this post I wanted to post the names of the 19 from my home state of Oklahoma that have died serving America since last Memorial Day, then in the middle of it I found out that a 20th had been killed. He was a Hospital Corpsman in his early 20’s, much like my own son, he was even serving in the same province when he was killed by an IED. His name was Eric D. Warren. His death was announced on Sunday.

Army 2nd Lt. Jered W. Ewy

Army Spc. Augustus J. Vicari

Army Staff Sgt. Kirk A. Owen

Army Sgt. Anthony Del Mar Peterson

Army Spc. Jordan M. Morris

Army 2nd Lt. Joe L. Cunningham

Army 1st Lt. Damon Leehan

Army Spc. Joshua M. Seals

Army Sgt. Bret D. Isenhower

Army Spc. Christopher D. Horton

Army Pfc. Tony J. Potter

Army Sgt. Mycal L. Prince

Army Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr.

Army Pfc. Sarina Butcher

Army Spc. Christopher Gailey

Marine Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman

Army Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr.

Army Spc. James E. Dutton

Army 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander

Navy HM Eric D. Warren

All of them from Oklahoma. The oldest was Army Staff Sgt. Kirk A. Owen at 37, the youngest was the only woman on the list Army Pfc. Sarina Butcher at just 19 years of age. The link goes to a gallery of their pictures.

Enjoy your BBQ, spend time with your families, maybe drink a few in memory of them, but please take a moment at least once today to think about how expensive our freedoms really are, and pray for the families that are still grieving.

God bless America.


1. geoff - May 28, 2012

I don’t know what Chris Matthews’Hayes’ problem is. Heroes, all.

2. Retired Geezer - May 28, 2012

Great post, DBS.

3. BrewFan - May 28, 2012

Thanks DBS

4. daveintexas - May 28, 2012

Chris Hayes’ problem is he’s a metrosexual douche, who doesn’t even have the courage of his convictions “I might be wrong about that.”

If you’re gonna put it out there Chris, man up about it.

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