As we shared yesterday, SgtMaj Bradley Kasal, USMC could not attend the unveiling. However, he was there in spirit and shared these words with Chris Marquez, Dane Shaffer, and other attendees.
But I do want to take this time and write a few words to say thank you to all in the Hope For The Warriors organization. Thank you for what you do for all our nation’s service members, most specifically our wounded. It’s remarkable to know our young Americans who have raised their right hand and volunteered to support and defend this great nation, are never forgotten. That there are great Americans taking care of fellow great Americans. This is what makes our Country unique and special. This is the American spirit and the American way. People are the US Armed forces greatest asset, and two of those great Americans are in attendance today. While there are three individuals depicted in the statue you see before you, I can assure you I was nothing more than an unlucky individual who was fortunate to be surrounded by many of the greatest of our generation. In this particular case I had one on both flanks of me by the names of then LCpl Dane Shaffer and Chris Marquez. The date of Nov 13th, 2004 was a day that brought many unfortunate casualties. However it was also a day when young Americans showed what they were made of and displayed extraordinary spirit and heroism.
They did it because they were Marines. And that’s just what Marines do.
We as a nation should never forget men like these two and all the others who serve today in one of our nation’s most trying times. They are truly incredible Americans and it was my honor to serve beside them.
SgtMaj Brad A Kasal
United States Marine