In particular those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, like Sgt. Brent Maher.
Sgt. Maher served with the Iowa National Guard, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry and his unit was serving in the same area of Afghanistan as my son Rickey, who is also in the National Guard serving with the 2-45th ADT from Oklahoma. He died in an explosion from a roadside bomb.
You can read the story here.
The picture above is from the Fallen Soldier Ceremony held for him in Afghanistan on April 18, 2011 and was taken by Sgt John P. Sklaney who is a member of the 2-45 ADT.
Here are some more photos from the ceremony (also taken by Sgt Sklaney):
Please remember these brave Men and Women in your prayers, they give up so much for us.
My Son Rickey is my hero also, he sacrifices precious time with his Wife and beautiful little Daughter (My precious Granddaughter J!) and risks his life everyday to defend the Country he loves.
Thank-you to all who serve!
We are forever grateful and hold you dear in our hearts!