Friday, May 22, 2015


We know you as more than a statistic. More than a name on the newsreel.
We know you as our brothers, our sisters, and our friends.
We get to remember you in our daily lives.
To pick up where you left off in the line of duty.
To uphold the traditions and freedoms for which you gave your all.
To lift up your families in prayer and walk beside them in their grief.
We miss you.
The distinct privilege and honor of serving alongside my husband as an active duty military family brings grief as well. We mourn alongside our Marine Corps community as we pause to honor those lost not only during conflicts, but also those Marines lost in the multiple aircraft crashes at home and abroad, especially in the past few weeks. Their families are forever on our minds, and their sacrifice is forever in our hearts.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln

Remembering especially:
Lance Corporal Dustin L. Canham
Specialist Joseph V. White
The Marines killed in Nepal

Picture by Captus Photography

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