Memorial Day 2018

It has turned into a day for grilling, beach parties, backyards and mattress sales, but Memorial Day is so much more than a day off from work. 

It’s time for final thoughts. 

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I hope you’re enjoying Memorial Day with your friends and family. But please take a moment in the midst of your fun and relaxation to remember what this day is all about.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died in active military service. Without their service and sacrifice, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the things we enjoy today, or any day. 

I want to use my “Final Thoughts” to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price. Specifically, I want to recognize the members of our armed forces who have been killed in action so far in 2018. 

Today is your day. 

Specialist Gabriel David Conde

Died April 30th in Afghanistan. He was 22.

Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar

Died March 30th in Syria. He was 36.

We lost Staff Sergeant Dashan Briggs, Staff Sergeant Carl Enis, Captain Andreas O’Keeffe, Master Sergeant, William Posch, Master Sergeant Christopher Raguso, Captain Mark Weber, and Captain Christopher Zanetis in a helicopter crash on March 15th in western Iraq.

Sergeant First Class Maitland D. Wilson

Died on March 9th in Germany. He was 38.

Sergeant Christina Schoenecker

Died February 19th in Baghdad. She was 26.

Specialist Javion S. Sullivan

Died January 8th in Iraq. He was 24.

And Sergeant First Class Mihail Golin

Died January 1st in Afghanistan. He was 34.

We salute you: all 13 of you, along with your families, friends and loved ones. It’s because of you that we live in the greatest nation on Earth. You fought bravely to protect and defend all of us, even those who are too troubled to stand for the flag and anthem. 

Rest in peace knowing millions of patriotic and grateful Americans will always stand for you, in your memory, and with the utmost respect for what you’ve done for us and the rest of the free world. A hero remembered, never dies. 

Those are my final thoughts. From LA, God bless you, God bless America, and take care.

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