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Tom Manion: Why They Serveó'If Not Me, Then Who?
WJS ^ | May 24, 2012 | Tom Manion

Posted on 05/25/2012 8:59:30 AM PDT by Kaslin

I served in the military for 30 years. But it was impossible to fully understand the sacrifices of our troops and their families until April 29, 2007, the day my son, First Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq.

Travis was just 26 years old when an enemy sniper's bullet pierced his heart after he had just helped save two wounded comrades. Even though our family knew the risks of Travis fighting on the violent streets of Fallujah, being notified of his death on a warm Sunday afternoon in Doylestown, Pa., was the worst moment of our lives.

While my son's life was relatively short, I spend every day marveling at his courage and wisdom. Before his second and final combat deployment, Travis said he wanted to go back to Iraq in order to spare a less-experienced Marine from going in his place. His words—"If not me, then who . . . "—continue to inspire me.

My son is one of thousands to die in combat since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Because of their sacrifices, as well as the heroism of previous generations, Memorial Day 2012 should have tremendous importance to our entire nation, with an impact stretching far beyond one day on the calendar.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: memorialday

1 posted on 05/25/2012 8:59:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bumpity-Bump for Memorial Day. Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 9:01:00 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
Words are not enough to express ...

He is in my prayers.

3 posted on 05/25/2012 9:02:05 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Rummyfan

You are welcome


4 posted on 05/25/2012 9:06:39 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: cloudmountain

He is in mine too


5 posted on 05/25/2012 9:08:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
I pray every day in thanksgiving that our Beloved Nation continues to produce men and women of such courage.



Semper Fidelis and Rest in Peace 1st Lt. Travis L. Manion. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Thank you Col. Tom Manion for your service to our Nation.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 05/25/2012 9:21:59 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kaslin

The Manions are a wonderful family. As fellow Marine parents, we share their pride.

We see the faces on the banners of fallen heroes at the courthouse, the tiled park honoring those who served, and the bridges named for their memory and feel the heartbreak of their many losses.

Should you see this, please know that, as always, our prayers are with you and your family, Tom.

Katie & Bob

Tom’s late wife, Janet, started a foundation in Travis’ name which has in turn helped many families and wounded warriors and encourages character building in our youth.
http://www.travismanion.com/


7 posted on 05/25/2012 9:25:52 AM PDT by Katydidnt ("...the greatest of these is love.")
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To: Kaslin

“All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.”


8 posted on 05/25/2012 9:52:02 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
My deepest sympathy.

SKCM(SS), USN Retired - 26 years

9 posted on 05/25/2012 9:53:01 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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