Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Five Thousand Fourteen

Army Spc. Joshua L. Hazlewood, 22, of Manvel, Texas; assigned to the 614th Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment; died June 25 in Arifjan, Kuwait, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Army 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw, 24, of Steilacoom, Wash.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died June 25 in Kheyl, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

A reminder, of sorts, that not just an international entertainer passed away on June 25, 2009.

There were others just as important and deserved just as much reconition and attention.

Wanted to take a moment to honor a few of those fallen troops that also died on June 25, 2009 while serving in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and "Operation Enduring Freedom". How I thank them and their families for paying the ultimate price to ensure the freedom that we so take for granted in our country. I extend my most heart felt sympathy to their families. May our Lord provide them with much grace and comfort.

~Total number of Operations Iraq Freedom and Enduring Freedom casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 5,014~


*Condolences also to the families and friends of all the entertainers and professional athletes that have passed in recent days.


jennifer said...

Oh Debra, this was a precious reminder. My heart breaks for the families of our fallen heroes.

Thank you to those who serve. God bless America.

Susan said...

Thanks for keeping things "real", Debra and reminding us of the important things and people in life.

Maxine said...

Very, very good post Debra. So very appropriate and such a needed reminder. Unfortunately, the world has many things distorted these days and this is one of them.

Colleen said...

Beautiful post. Thanks.

Just Me said...

What a wonderful reminder! I'm going to post a link to this post from my site.

Thank you!

Andrea said...

Thank you, Debra, for this post. These and others who have given their lives in service to our country or who have died as a hero are certainly worthy of our respect and honor.

Many blessings, dear friend.


Kitty said...

I've been reading articles about the combat that's been going on and it sounds beyond what you and I could ever imagine.

Thanks for this post. I think people also use the deaths of MJ and Farrah to share common ground with each other. To me, the celebs are vehicles for ourselves.