Sunday, August 1, 2010

Western Reserve National Cemetery Rittman Ohio


Sunday August 1st

Today we start our journey of one image a day, for the next 365 days. Each Sunday we will pay tribute to our veterans. We live in world of tough talk, yet the majority of our citizens prefer to have someone else to do their fighting.

I am thankful for the men and women who choose to serve in our armed forces. It takes a special person to “sign up” knowing that the majority of their choices will then be made for them. They leave their family, and their friends so that they can serve. Often they loose much much more.
Thank you.

Today’s photo is from the Western Reserve National cemetery located on Rawiga Road in Rittman.

The cemetery dedicated in 2000, covers 273-acres with only about 65 acres currently used. This cemetery is one of 119 similar cemeteries in the United States. You know a veteran, perhaps more than one.  Today make a point to tell them thank you for their service.
They fought and served  for you and I.

In the month of July the following gave their lives while serving you.

1st Lt. Michael L. Runyan, 24, of Newark, Ohio, died July 21 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his convoy vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 52nd Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

2-Jul 3 Spc. Morganne M. McBeth, 19, of Fredricksburg, Va., died July 2 in Al Asad, Iraq, of wounds sustained July 1 in a non-combat related incident in Khan Al Baghdadi, Iraq. She was assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C


Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin, 38, of Columbus, Ga., died July 2 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained July 1 in a non-combat related equipment incident in Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Sgt. Jordan E. Tuttle , 22, of West Monroe, La., died July 2 at Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. He was a member of the 156th Army Band in Bossier City, La., and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Orleans, La.

23-year-old 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke of Apple Valley, Minn.; 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout of Worthville, Ky.; 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, of Hinesville, Ga., and 20-year-old Specialist Christopher J. Moon of Tuscon, AZ. died while fighting insurgents that attacked the Afghan National Police headquarters in Kandahar.

They were members of the 82nd's 4th Brigade due to come home soon. The 4th Brigade left Fort Bragg last August to train Afghanistan troops and police units.

Four other soldiers also lost their lives in the Zabul province.

They were identified as 21-year-old Spc. Chase Stanley of Napa, Calif.; 26-year-old Spc. Jesse D. Reed of Orefield, Penn.; 21-year-old Spc. Matthew J. Johnson of Maplewood, Minn. and 24-year-old Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher of Ballwin, Mo. They were assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade.

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