"These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation
who has a long history of patriotism and honor -
and a nation who has fought many battles
to keep our country free from threats of terror."

-- Michael N. Castle

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Click the picture above to view the USAF's Memorial Day video

Click to go to the US Army's "Season of Remembrance" website
And Click here to view Where Valor Rests - a US Army slideshow

The US Navy's CNO talks about Memorial Day

(Cpl. Jason Dunham, USMC)

More Memorial Day Links:
Hard Lessons on Memorial Day
PHOTO ESSAY: Somber Memorial Day
Bush to Pay Tribute at Arlington Cemetery
Military.com Op-Ed: Misusing Memorial Day
Military.com: Visit a Military Cemetery Near You
Military.com: My Father
Military.com Poll: Memorial Day Too Commercial?
Iraq's War Dead Live On - Online
Rolling Thunder Rumbles Into Washington
Indy 500 Pays Tribute to Military First
Pace Urges Reflection in Memorial Day Message
The Thunder Run: A Gold Star Father's Thoughts on Memorial Day
Michael Yon: A Memorial Day Message
Winter's Soldier Story: A Memorial Day Tale of Two Warriors


Monday, May 14, 2007


I've been a little on edge lately. I have a friend in the 1-4 CAV who I hadn't heard from in a while. Not all that surprising, given how busy I know they've been, but I knew things had been pretty ugly in the area they'd been operating in. I also knew they'd lost four Soldiers.

I know that my worry can't compare to the fear and worry that family members go through, but I was worried nonetheless.

I finally heard from him Saturday morning, and thank goodness, he's fine.

But four other 1-4 CAV Soldiers will not be delivering that same message:

PFC Steven J. Wahlberg, only 18, was from Paradise, California. He died April 15 of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire. The Patriot Guard Riders were there to salute him as he was laid to rest.

PFC Aaron M. Genevie was 22, and called Chambersburg, PA home. He died April 16 of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an IED. The Patriot Guard Riders were there to salute him as he was laid to rest.

PFC Christopher M. North was 21. From Sarasota, FL, he died April 21 of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using an IED and small arms fire.

SPC Robert J. Dixon, 27, was from Minneapolis. He died May 6, of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near his vehicle. The Patriot Guard Riders were there to salute him as he was laid to rest.
Our hearts are with the family, friends, and military brothers and sisters of these fallen Heroes.