Honoring U.S. Army Sergeant Cheryl Lebeau O’Brien, (October 14,1966 – February 27,1991)
Sgt. O’Brien was the first women in the 1st Infantry Division to be killed-in-action. Sgt.O’Brien volunteered to be a door-gunner on a Blackhawk transporting the remains of fallen soldiers.
During the mission, her helicopter was shot down by Iraqi forces, two hours after the ceasefire was declared. Sgt. O’Brien and nine others onboard lost their lives in the crash.
Proud to have served with you. You are loved, missed, and remembered by so many.
I AM A WARRIOR
I fight not for glory or fame,
For they are momentary.
I fight for those who can’t.
I fight for Justice.
I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets,
For I serve to protect the innocent.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lordyour God is with you wherever you go.”
2 Timothy 2:3
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”
–Joseph Rodman Drake
“Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.”
–Jennifer M. Granholm
“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”
ATTITUDE: The Great Golfer and the Lying Woman
Robert De Vincenzo, a famous Argentine golfer, once won a tournament. He received his check, smiled for the photographers and then walked alone to the parking lot, to his car. There a young woman approached him. She congratulated him for winning the game and then told him that she had a child that was very seriously ill, almost near death. She had lost her job and could not pay the hospital expenses and the doctor’s bills. Her story touched De Vincenzo. He took out a pen and the check, he endorsed it and then he gave it to her. “I hope this can make the baby’s days better,” he said as he gave her the check. That same day, as he was having dinner in a country club, the Golf Association’s vice-president sat down at his table. “Robert, I heard that you were approached by a young woman at the parking lot.” The golfer nodded. “Well,” said the man, “I have news for you. She lied. She has no children. She deceived you and took your money, my friend.” “You mean there is no dying child?” said De Vincenzo. “No, there is not,” said the official. “Well, that is the best good news I have heard all week!” De Vincenzo replied.