To all my brothers who chose to serve this nation I honor you today. To my fellow veterans whose lives that has been graced, I commend all of you in your efforts to keep alive the memory of those who served with us, before us and after. To all of my family members who served before me (Uncle Nay, Uncle Philip, Hezekiah Crudup) To those after me (James ) my prayers are that you will be protected according to the word of God found in the 91st Psalm. To all of the other men and women whose lives were given on behalf of this nation I honor you for your sacrafice and love. To the families of those fallen my heartfelt condolences and gratitude. My prayer is that God will continue to confort and grace you in your times of rememberance. To this nation I pray that we will continue to honor and respect those veterans among us who still continue to battle with the tremendous loss presented through their service and sacrafice. To all of my brothers ( Drew , Stanley and Jerome) I thank you for your service as well. I close with this piece out of 1 John 3:16 that moves me to a greateful heart for those who have fallen. It reads:
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
Thanks again for your tremendous service and sacrafice for this brother. Amen