It's once again Memorial Day, and for many people, it's a day of mixed emotions. Too often, the purpose of Memorial Day, which is to honor fallen warriors, is overshadowed by political posturing and debate. Regardless of how you feel about it, one cannot avoid the fact that there are thousands of Pagans serving in the military today
, and there are many of those who have died in service to their country.
- Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed September 25, 2005 when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
- Sgt. Jason A. Schumann, whose mother sometimes comments here on the blog, was killed May 19, 2007 when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq.
- PFC Stephen P. Snowberger III was killed on May 11, 2006 when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq.
- Sgt. Joseph A. Ford died on May 10, 2008, near Anbar province in Iraq when his ASV rolled over.
Please take a moment this weekend to remember all of those -- Pagan and otherwise -- who have given their lives in service to their country. If you know of a Pagan soldier who has fallen in action, and would like his or her name included in this blog entry, please let me know and I will update the post.
For those of you who still serve, we honor you, and hope that you remain safe until you're able to return home to your loved ones.
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