Promises Kept. Memorial Day 2010

My son's unit deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2009. All of these men were volunteers. Most of them raised their right hand and swore an oath after 9/11. To join the military at this point, knowing you will most likely be deployed to a combat zone is enough to make someone very proud that these young men exist.

My son's unit returned from Afghanistan this week.Seven families in his unit won't get the homecoming they had dreamed of. Seven men raised their right hand, took an oath, accepted the risks and gave all. These seven men made promises and they kept them. When these men died, I made promises to their families (if I was able to be in touch) or just to myself that I would remember them always. These men kept their promises. I am keeping mine.

LCpl. Jeremy Kane. "He felt that every American had the duty to give back to his country."

Petty Officer 2nd Class Xin Qi "."If you go into a World War II or Korean War Museum, you'll see that corpsmen have been fighting right alongside the Marines for 60 or 70 years,"

Sgt. David Smith "He brought the heart and the soul. He never quit."

LCpl. Carlos Aragon ""He was very quiet, very respectful and he was kind of — had an outward exterior that might seem to intimidate some people, [but] he really was a gentle guy.""

LCpl. Nigel Olsen They were just good kids at school. To remember that is a positive," he said. "The scholarship just blends in with what we're doing already.""

The Carlos Aragon and Nigel Olsen Scholarship Fund.

SgtMajor Robert Cottle Read the comments left at this C Square post. It tells you so much about the Sgt Major.

LCpl Rick Centanni The Rick Centanni Memorial Fund

About the Author

SemperFi Wife

Semper Fi Wife has had a military ID card continuously since she was ten years-old. As an Air Force brat, she horrified her father and grandfather when she chose to marry one of the few and the proud.

Almost 25 years later, she is the wife of an OIF vet and the mother of an OIF/OEF vet.

While her motto has always been "Sanity is overrated", in her more lucid moments, she volunteers with Injured Marine Semper Fi fund as well as heads up her own very small military support organization called Honor Their Service.

  • Thank you for sharing these stories – it makes the remembering seem so much more real.