Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike A. Monsoor
29 years old from Garden Grove, California
September 29, 2006
In April 2008, Michael Monsoor (who had already been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions in a May 9, 2006 incident, when he and another SEAL pulled a wounded team member to safety amidst gunfire) was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His funeral, attended, in the words of President Bush, by “nearly every SEAL on the West Coast,” was held on October 12, 2006 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. During Monsoor’s funeral service, as the casket was taken from the hearse to the gravesite, fellow SEALs lined up in two columns to slap and embed the gold Tridents (a pin awarded for successful completion of SEAL Qualification Training) from their uniforms onto the top of Monsoor’s coffin.
“The procession went on nearly half an hour, and when it was all over, the simple wooden coffin had become a gold-plated memorial to a hero who will never be forgotten.” - President George W. Bush
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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I have really struggled to keep my opinions to myself,
and to move forward in support of our duly elected commander in chief.
I find I just don’t have it in me.
I am afraid for my country and for all the people in these
(Less than) united-United States.
Today, thinking about MLK and the life he lived and the teaching he gave.
Always, always, using himself as an example for people to follow.
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
Focusing on the “content of a person’s character rather than the color of his skin”… What character has Barek Obama shown? That he is exceptionally adept at avoiding or covering up facts? That the content of a person’s bank account weighs heavily in his decision making?
That honesty and integrity are catch words……..
I see such irony in watching Barak Obama being sworn in as President of the United States.
He professes to be a Christian, yet….this man worshiped for 20 some years under a preacher whose message was anti-American hate, just plain hate and bigotry.
I don’t care who you are or where you are, but 20 years of the same message is going to impact your thoughts and decision making.
During the transition of power, he continues to avoid questions about his citizenship, his personal ethics, it seems that daily the news has announced a new scandal, arrests, rumors, and more rumors. All of it is ugly and reflects in my mind that this country is facing a disaster.
I believe that God is going to allow us to reap as we have sown.