Honor the Fallen


Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday that grew out of a Civil War veterans organization’s commitment to honor their fallen comrades. Initially called “Decoration Day,” Union veterans picked May 30 to place flowers on the graves of soldiers in a somber ceremony. This continued for over a century until Congress declared Memorial Day an official holiday to take place on the last Monday of May.

Like many holidays, Memorial Day has lost some of its meaning to the general public. It is widely regarded as the unofficial start to summer, with greetings such as “happy Memorial Day” that are a bit incongruous with the solemnity of the occasion. This, in turn, has led to some dedicated people (often veterans) who scold those who forget the seriousness of the day.

I propose a middle ground. Enjoy your day off. Have friends over for a BBQ. Spend some time outside in the nice weather and look forward to the summer. But at some point during your long weekend, take a moment to remember the 33 Americans who, since the last Memorial Day, have sacrificed their lives for our way of life.

Service Name  (Last, First M) Rank Date of Death Age
NAVY MILLIKEN, KYLE JEFFREY CPO 2017/05/05 38
ARMY LEE, WESTON CECIL 1LT 2017/04/29 25
ARMY THOMAS, CAMERON HARRISON SGT 2017/04/27 23
ARMY RODGERS, JOSHUA PATRICK SGT 2017/04/27 22
ARMY DE ALENCAR, MARK ROCHETTO SSG 2017/04/08 37
AIR FORCE BIEREN, AUSTIN LEO SSGT 2017/03/28 25
AIR FORCE MORROW, ALEXANDRIA MAE SSGT 2017/03/22 25
ARMY BONIFACE, ROBERT RODRIGO SFC 2017/03/19 34
ARMY ODIORNE, BRIAN PATRICK PFC 2017/02/20 21
NAVY OWENS, WILLIAM RYAN SCPO 2017/01/29 36
ARMY RODRIGUEZ, JOHN PHILLIPS SGT 2017/01/12 23
ARMY BOOKER, ISIAH LEBARON SPC 2017/01/07 23
ARMY BROWN, ALLAN ERIC SFC 2016/12/06 46
NAVY DAYTON, SCOTT COOPER SCPO 2016/11/24 42
ARMY PERRY, JOHN WILLIAM SSG 2016/11/12 30
ARMY IUBELT, TYLER RAY PFC 2016/11/12 20
ARMY MURRAY, RONALD LEON JR SPC 2016/11/10 23
ARMY MORIARTY, JAMES FRANCIS SSG 2016/11/04 27
ARMY MCENROE, KEVIN JOSEPH SSG 2016/11/04 30
ARMY LEWELLEN, MATTHEW CHARLES SFC 2016/11/04 27
ARMY GLOYER, RYAN ALLEN SFC 2016/11/03 34
ARMY BYERS, ANDREW DAVID MAJ 2016/11/03 30
NAVY FINAN, JASON CHRISTOPHER CPO 2016/10/20 34
ARMY RINEY, DOUGLAS JAMES SGT 2016/10/19 26
ARMY THOMAS, ADAM SAMUEL SSG 2016/10/04 31
NAVY FAULKNER, DEVON MAURICE AN 2016/09/20 24
ARMY TAMAYO, TRAVIS RYAN WO1 2016/09/16 32
ARMY COOPER, JEFFREY DOUGLAS 1LT 2016/09/10 25
ARMY THOMPSON, MATTHEW VAIL SSG 2016/08/23 28
ARMY WILBUR, CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER SSG 2016/08/12 36
AIR FORCE JACKSON, FLANDO ELIX LTCOL 2016/08/04 45
AIR FORCE TOBAR, ANAIS ALEJANDRA 1STLT 2016/07/18 25
NAVY CLEMENT, ANDREW J PO2 2016/06/21 38