A week ago yesterday, a Gold Star mother marked three years since she lost her son.
PFC Gunnar Becker was killed in Iraq January 13, 2005. He would have been 23 tomorrow.
Please take a moment today to honor Gunnar, and to spare a thought or a prayer for his mother, Debey, and the rest of his family, and for all of his friends and comrades.
You can read more about this Hero at http://www.pfcgunnarbecker.com/.
Gunnar's mom is an occasional visitor to this site - please feel free to leave messages in the comments section. If she doesn't stop by, I'll forward them to her.
In honor of Gunnar, this will be the only post today. And so I'll leave you with Gunnar's own words:
We are soldiers.
We are soldiers in the United States Army.
We are trained to be all we can be.
We fight for the freedom of many citizens of the United States.
We are all ready to meet our fates.
We all volunteer to defend the red, white and blue.
Not only the flag, but for the citizens of our great country too.
Since our country's birth for all these years,
we have been trained to be the best on Earth.
Many times we have went to war.
We will be involved in many more.
Generation by generation soldiers continue to enlist.
Some of us will got to war and definitely be missed.
Some soldiers will return and some won't.
Those who do not, we won't forget and we hope you don't.
Many of us are going to Iraq.
Some of us won't be coming back.
We have loved ones we are leaving behind.
They will always be in our prayers, hearts and mind.
If we don't make it home safely at the end of the war,
just remember we died defending the beliefs of those of many more.
-- PFC Gunnar Becker, November, 23, 2003