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One afternoon, I wandered around Quantico National Cemetery, where some of our nation’s military veterans are laid to rest, in Northern Virginia.

What drew me to this particular grave was that it was of a young man (only 23 yrs. old) and he served in Iraq. My heart just sank. Out of curiosity, I looked up his name afterwards and learned that he was among eight Marines from a Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 unit who died when two CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters collided mid-air off the coast of Africa. He was deployed to Djibouti as part of the combined Joint Task Force participating in counter terrorism missions. Millitary investigators blamed the accident on pilot error and officers’ inadequate supervision of the unit.

Come Veterans Day and everyday…this is dedicated to the veterans, for their service and sacrifice for our country. To those who have lost their lives and to those who make it back home safely. I send my thanks, peace, love and comfort to you and your loved ones…Rest in Peace soldier.

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Comments

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 4 years ago

    What a great honor bestowed upon a brave soldier. Thanks for remembering.

  • Thanks so much JR. Their sacrifices don’t go unnoticed.

    – Jane Brack

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 4 years ago

    " Sempir Fi "
    POP’s

  • That’s right POP’s :)

    – Jane Brack

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature!! I really appreciate it!

    – Jane Brack

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congrats on your well deserved feature, great work.

  • Thanks very much Andrea!

    – Jane Brack

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 4 years ago

    Oh Jane, this is so sad… I, too, would like to thank all those that have served in the armed forces, and also to those loved ones they left behind that were hoping and praying that they would return safely. It’s so hard to say goodbye.

  • Thank you Barb. I think about the parents and what they must go through. So very sad.

    – Jane Brack

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...almost 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture!!

  • Thanks Ken, for your wonderful comment!

    – Jane Brack

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    May we take the time today to remember the ones who served and are still serving. Especially the ones who gave their lives.

  • Thanks so much for the feature! We shall never forget them.

    – Jane Brack

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    I Absolutely thank you for posting this and remembering our troops and veterans! Laura

  • Thank you Laura! I really appreciate your thoughtful words!

    – Jane Brack

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATS ON YOUR FEATURE in A PLACE TO CALL HOME!!!!!! I am honored to be among you! :)) Wonderful Tribute!!! :))

  • Thanks cookie! You’re so very kind! I feel the same about you!

    – Jane Brack

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent and perfect shot! I saved this one for last, in moderation, so it would have a chance to sit on the main page all night.

  • Thank you Kathleen! I appreciate it very much!!

    – Jane Brack

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