The Warriors—And Families—We Honor
posted at 2:01 pm on May 24, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham
My friend Col. Tom Manion (USMC-Ret.), whose son 1LT Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq in 2007, is a man worth listening to as we go into Memorial Day. Here, he pays tribute to Sgt. Aaron Wittman, KIA in Afghanistan, and offers a vision for carrying forward the memories of those we’ve lost. After the shock, and after the mourning, we can do our best to honor them every day.
This Memorial Day, reach out in your neighborhoods and communities to honor your city or town’s heroes and their families. Share their stories so future generations will understand the cost of freedom. Bring your families and friends together for a moment of silence, and put a face on those who have paid the ultimate price.
When I think of my son, I see the face of a young man who wanted to make a difference. By following the selfless examples of the heroes no longer with us, we can make a difference too.
The Travis Manion Foundation does the work of connecting those in the general American public to those who serve, so we can created more men and women like Travis. (Full disclosure: I’m a board member, and knowing the Manions has made me ever-more cognizant of exactly the treasure we have in those who serve and how much we ask them and their families to shoulder.) It’s well worth your time and money to join us in a great cause. Check the map to see if there’s a 911 Heroes Run near you!