I hope you stopped a few and reflected on all the sacrifices men and women have made all over the globe via the large family known collectively as the US military. Whether you had a barbecue or visited relatives, caught up on movies and television, or just even hung out and slept, it’s good to always stop and think about everything that’s done by the military to allow you to live the lifestyle you do.
From Arlington to Zimbabwe, the US military must be remembered. And if you didn’t do much to remember the military on Memorial Day, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to do something. That’s right. The troops can always use a letter, a care package, some help when they get back home. Ask around (ask me!) to get some ideas of what you can do – any day of the year, not just on Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day.
While it’s nice to have a day set aside to memorialize the troops past, present and future, this is something more people should do on a weekly or at least monthly basis. There are some who do it on a daily basis, but it’s not too much to ask to donate a little of your time to help out the military in some way. This is the best way to memorialize all of them and thank them for their duty.
Sgt. Stryker out.
Trial by Live-fire: 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment Christens New Range
A squad automatic weapon gunner engages enemy objectives as Company K, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment puts the Combat Center’s Range 401 to the test, May 15. Photo by Pfc. Michael Gams
Traffic Control Point in Kirkuk, Iraq
U.S. Army Soldiers from Crazyhorse Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, walk through a field during a combined hasty traffic control point with Iraqi army soldiers on May 23.Photo by Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati
Memorial Day Ceremony
The Naval Station Rota Joint Color Guard parades the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the base Chapel. More than 100 Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Spanish military personnel joined retirees and family members from the local community to honor those who have served. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Ebalo
Fallen Honored During National Police Week
Members of the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and Office of Special Investigation performed a retreat ceremony to honor the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officials during National Police Week, May 15 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Names of fallen ESFS and OSI members were read followed by a moment of silence with the retreat ceremony concluding the event. Photo by Senior Airman Brian Ellis
Non-commissioned Officer Parade at Fort Myer
The Non-Commissioned Officer Parade in celebration of the Year of the Non-Commissioned Officer at Fort Myer, Va., May 19. The event was hosted by the Secretary of the Army Hon. Peter Geren, the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George Casey and the Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston. Photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade