Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.
It is impossible to know the angst of waiting that the military wife or husband, child, parent or sibling endure during a deployment, unless you have personally experienced it. Family members hope and pray that those in power, sending their loved one into harms way, understand the value of the individual lives that have committed themselves to our country’s service.
Some never came home.
Two in particular have made an impression on me that will last the rest of my days. SFC Jared Monti died saving the lives of a handful of his brothers, including one of my brothers.
I never met him, but I think of him often when I am with my brother’s children.
1LT Mark Dooley a police officer in our little valley, was killed during a deployment with the Vermont National Guard to Iraq. The only time I had an opportunity to have a conversation with him I asked him to “take care of my little brother over there”. Mark was one of 36 servicemen with ties to Vermont to lose their life during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Please join me in taking a moment today to remember SFC Monti, 1LT Dooley and all who have perished while in service to our county.