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May 29, 2005
A Memorial Day gift ...
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I've been thinking some today about what I wanted to post for Memorial Day. Some good remembrance - something that reminds me of how thankful I am for those who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice on the altar of freedom so that tomorrow, you and I and our friends can enjoy the gratuitous cookout and safely enjoy our friends and families.

There is really no one better to say something than one who serves, one who has been there and one who has lost a brother protecting yours and mine. As has been the case over the last few months, another hero has come to read the Heroes Of India Company post and leave his thoughts. I can't think of anything more appropriate to say for this Memorial Day than what Lance Corporal Vick, one of India Company's heroes himself just had to say:

I can say not only that I was able to serve with Antoine [Smith], but I knew him well.  He was my brother.  We served together as riflemen in 1st platoon 1st squad.  Smith used to call us "team vick-smyth" like "Ram-Rod" from a movie that he enjoyed.  On Nov. 15 I was not with Smith when he was hit.  I was directly across the street.  When we heard the gunfire, and the news that one of ours had been hit, we went in to retrieve our fallen brother.  "Team punishment" lead by Lcpl. Rick Meyers, under the direction of Sqd. leader Cpl. Worthy, endered the courtyard of the house.  I was the first to see Smith.  If you can ever imagine how it is portrayed in movies, where everything is happening way to fast, yet in slow motion at the same time.  Or everything is so loud yet dead silent all at once, that's how the world was.  As I carried my brother out of that courtyard, my team proceeded to destroy the six evil cowards that had taken one of our brave heroes.  Mrs. Smith, I thank you for giving us all a chance to know your son, our brother.  Semper Fi Antoine.  May you guard the streets of heaven as fiercly as we stormed the streets of hell.

Lcpl. James Vick

Lance Corporal Vick, I can only offer the ovewhelmed gratitude of a grateful nation. May God bless you richly and may you know this Memorial Day the honor with which we hold you and your brothers.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a Memorial Day remembrance post. Antoine Smith is memorialized from a link she referenced and it is here. Friend McGehee has a good round up post here.

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My nephew Lcpl Rick J. Meyers returned from Iraq in April. I can't begin to tell all how grateful we are to God, As well as all of you who prayed for his safe return, all the packages thatwere sent and just knowing that there are poeple in this country who will support our men and women who serve.
To all of the MEN who served with him I must say a special THANK YOU for seeing him through hell.
I only wish everyone could have returned safe.
I also want you all to know that I and my Family think of you as our sons and mourn along with you.
If there is anything we can help you with and it is in our power to do, all you need is to ask.
Just another grateful family member

Posted by: Kathleen Appling at Jun 14, 2005 9:35:51 AM

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