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Memorial Day 2010 – True Sacrifice

May 31, 2010

Today, Americans will begin the “kickoff to summer” with barbecues and boating. Schools and government office buildings are closed, and Americans once again gather with family and friends. However, this day is more than just a day to enjoy fellowship–it is a day to reflect on the price of our freedom.

We pause to reflect on the 1,197,238 American lives that have been lost to achieve and preserve our way of life. Part of the duty that we have as Americans is to honor the sacrifice of those that have perished defending our God-given rights. I am reminded of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Wartime Prayer:

“Dear Lord, Lest I continue my complacent way, help me to remember that somewhere, somehow out there, a man died for me today. As long as there be war, I then must ask and answer, am I worth dying for?

May our country always remain the beacon of freedom and hope of mankind because of the great sacrifices that our service men and women, and their families, give so selflessly to our country.

We remember the 53 South Carolinians who have died in the war in Iraq:

Michael Adams, Spartanburg, Army

Algernon Adams, Graniteville, Army

Carl Anderson, Georgetown, Air Force

Aaron Arthur, Lake City, Army

Katrina Bell-Johnson, Orangeburg, Army

George Buggs, Barnwell, Army

Thomas Caughman, Lexington, Army

Jay Collado, Columbia, Marine Corps

Jason Defrenn, Barnwell, Army

Andrew Derrick, Columbia, Army

Matthew Dillon, Aiken, Marine Corps

Shawn Dunkin, Columbia, Army

Rian Ferguson, Taylors, Army

Almar Fitzgerald, Lexington, Marine Corps

Travis Fox, Cowpens, Marine Corps

Donald Furman, Burton, Army

Raphael Futrell, Anderson, Army

Clifford Gadsden, Charleston, Army

Satieon Greenlee, Pendleton, Army

Patrick Griffin, Elgin, Air Force

Kimberley Hampton, Greenville, Army

Seth Hildreth, Myrtle Beach, Army

Melissa Hobart, Ladson, Army

Nolen Hutchings, Boiling Springs, Marine Corps

Darius Jennings, Cordova, Army

Anthony Jones, Greenville, Army

Patrick Leach, Rock Hill, Army

Jerome Lemon, N. Charleston, Army

Adrian Lewis, Mauldin, Army

David Lindsey, Spartanburg, Marine Corps

Vorn Mack, Orangeburg, Army
Danny Maybin, Columbia, Army

Jason Moski, Blackville, Army

Paul Neff, Fort Mill, Army

Anthony Owens, Conway, Army

Esau Patterson, Ridgeland, Army

John Phillips, St. Stephen, Marine Corps
Ronald Phillips Jr, Conway, Army

Joey Sams, Spartanburg, Army

Andrew Shields, Campobello, Army

Orenthial Smith, Allendale, Army

Michael Stack, Lake City, Army
Matthew Taylor, Charleston, Army

Anthony Thompson, Orangeburg, Army

Douglas Tinsley, Chester, Army

Joshua Torrence, Lexington, Marine Corps

Terry Wagoner, Piedmont, Army

Zandra Walker, Greenville, Army

David Weimortz, Irmo, Marine Corps
Adam Wenger, Mt. Pleasant Army

Anthony White, Columbia, Army

Dustin Yancey, Goose Creek, Army

Rodricka Youmans, Allendale, Marine Corps

We also remember the 18 from South Carolina who have died in Afghanistan:
Geoffrey Whitsitt, Taylors, Army

Demetrius Void, Orangeburg, Army

Christopher Fowlkes, Gaffney, Marine Corps

Abraham Wheeler III,Columbia, Army

Richard Cliff Jr,Mt. Pleasant, Army

David Leimbach, Taylors, Army

Shawn Hill, Wellford, Army

James Bullard,Marion, Army

Edward Philpot, Latta, Army

Michael Lehmiller Anderson, Army

Edward Heselton, Easley, Army

Chrystal Stout, Travelers Rest, Army

Edward Murphy, Not Yet Reported, Army

Stephen High,Spartanburg, Army

Tony Olaes, Walhalla, Army

Jason Hicks, Jefferson, Air Force

Spence McNeil, Bennettsville,Army

Daniel McCollum, Richland, Marine Corps

May we pause today from our merriment to pay tribute to the lives given for a great cause and may we never forget the price and value of our freedom.

Curtis Loftis

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