Today, on the 3rd anniversary of the death of the American Sniper, Chris Kyle, I would like to write briefly about the significance of Chris Kyle and others like him.
Chris Kyle is obviously a famous and heroic American figure, and not just because Clint Eastwood made a movie about him. I admire Chris Kyle for two reasons:
- He did his duty not only well, but went above and beyond what was asked of him in order to save others` lives. If you have any doubt about this, I suggest you read this short article at Military.com. Chris Kyle placed the safety and lives of fellow soldiers above his own and risked his life so others could live.
- Even after returning from war, Chris spent time trying to help others with PTSD and other ailments. He lost his life doing this.
What is more important to remember, however, are all of those unknown soldiers who lost their lives. Chris Kyle is a martyr and a hero and his name will always be remembered. But there are so many others who gave their lives and will never be remembered by name. By honoring Chris Kyle we honor them as well.
Here in the tiny Texas town where I live, there is a Veterans Memorial dedicated to the citizens from here who served. Every town across America can say the same. We honor them on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the 4th of July, but on a day like today they are also worth remembering. Worth remembering every day.
Chris Kyle, Pat Tillman, George Washington, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Guy Gruters, and John McCain are just a few of my heroes from American military history who are famous for what they did and for how they served.
But we have all lost friends; brothers and sisters-in-arms whose names are not as well known. For me, the names John Boria, Cristel Chavez, Steve Reich, Troy Gilbert, and Dennis Rando are just as memorable and important, although their names are all but unknown to the world. But not to me and not to those who served with them or knew them. All gave their lives while serving in war, or training to serve. I remember them, miss them and thank them for their sacrifice.
Most gave some, some gave all.