Memorial Day - 2013
I visited this place during a visit to Europe many years ago. It's the American Military Cemetery just a couple kilometers south of Florence, Italy - the final resting place of more than 4,000 American soldiers who died nearby during World War II. It's a beautiful place - a chunk of the USA - and is meticulously maintained to honor all those men.
The chart below will give you an idea of how many men and women have given their lives in the defense of our country over the past couple hundred years. As you scroll down that list it might help you get some perspective as we consider where our young men and women serve and die for us today. One of those is Costa Mesan Jose Angel Garibay, the young Marine who died a decade ago, on March 23, 2003, in Iraq. Garibay, an illegal alien who hoped for citizenship through his military service, planned a career in law enforcement. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery on April 11, 2003 with full military honors, HERE, was awarded posthumous citizenship and was named honorary Costa Mesa policeman by then Police Chief Dave Snowden.
REMEMBER THEM AND HONOR THEM...
Please take a couple minutes to view this video clip to honor our fallen men and women. Regardless how you feel about a particular war or police action, the men and women who fought and died in them deserve your respect.