A Solemn Time
The Memorial Wall
Their friends and fellow Soldiers told us about them in their eulogies; they were husbands, fathers, and sons. And they were United States Army Soldiers all.
Their stories differed, to be sure, but they all came back in the end to the impact they made – the NCO who was a friend and mentor, the cheerful soldier who never left a comrade without a good word or thought, the soldier with the great desire to serve and to help. The final call of the roll, Taps being played…it hits home in a way that is hard to describe.
I hope all of you will spare a thought or a prayer for the families of the three latest to give their last and their all, and tus were added to the solemn roll; SSG Juantrea T. Bradley, SPC Tenzin L. Samten, and SPC Dustin C. Jackson. Though I know it unlikely, I hope to God they are the last names placed on the Memorial Wall here.
UPDATE: I have closed comments on this. Take the arguments elsewhere.