Skip to comments.Airmen in Afghanistan Honor Veterans With Silent Vigil
Posted on 11/11/2007 2:46:35 PM PST by SandRat
| BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2007 Airmen here honored veterans past and present with a 10-hour silent vigil today.
The vigil took place in the shadow of a picture and monument to Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, the fallen pararescueman who is the camps namesake. Cunningham gave his life saving fellow servicemembers during combat in Afghanistan in 2002.
It took me full circle, said Air Force Staff Sgt. San Juana Vasquez, with 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Squadron. Vasquez, a San Antonio native who was involved in setting up the vigil and who also served on the Air Force Honor Guard detail that provided honors during Cunninghams burial. Sometimes back home Veterans Day can seem like just a day off, but here it means more because you live it every day.
The vigil was even more significant because it came shortly after the announcement of the deaths of several servicemembers serving in Afghanistan.
I feel pride at being able to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom, said Senior Airman Michael Salansky, of the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, a Uniondale, Pa., native who participated in the vigil. When I stand out there, I think about everyone deployed out here putting themselves on the line.
Those sentiments were echoed by Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Tallman, the 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group first sergeant and a Council Bluffs, Iowa, native. Tallman organized the event.
Those who have served and those who are now serving should have a sense of pride that their efforts will not be forgotten, he said. No matter how small they think their role is, every person is a key to making the mission happen.
(Air Force Capt. Michael Meridith is assigned to 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs.)
Sometimes back home Veterans Day can seem like just a day off, but here it means more because you live it every day.
Sergeant, thank you for living it every day so that we back home can remain The Home of the Free because of the Brave.
You are correct. Sometimes the deepest sentiment can be expressed in the simplest words.
As you can see from my about page, I’m new here.
My goal, among other things, is to interact with and thank every Vet on FR.
Thank you Senior Master Sergeant for your service to your country, you Sir, make me proud to be an American!!
DAMN men and women leaving a comfortable life in this the freest, SAFEST and most comfortabLe life On earth to face guns ammo rpg’s and ied’s for US...I.E.
people THEY DONT’ EVEN KNOW...!!!!
DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?
GOD BLESS THEM EVERY ONE!!!
a GRATEFUL citizen...