Best wishes to all on this Memorial Day. We are camping today in the Shenandoah but my thoughts will be with my late father, Jack Turley, who served in the Pacific with the Navy and all of the others who served and continue to serve this country.
This Memorial Day is particularly sad after we passed recently the 1,000 death in Afghanistan. That sad distinction goes to Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht who was on his second tour of duty. Leciht previously almost lost his leg a few years ago when a roadside bomb destroyed his Humvee and crushed his leg. After a long rehabilitation, he asked to go back to Afghanistan. He was killed when he stepped on a bomb on May 27th, here. He was a wonderful testament to his country and his family. He was born on the Fourth of July, here,
While many of us enjoy this weekend with camping and outings, it is important to remember the sorrow and sacrifice of families like the Leichts. They will be much in our thoughts today as well as the thousands of other families who have lost family members in Iraq and Afghanistan.