Last week. March 11, 2013. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, MI, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Staff Sgt. Ryan Coyer, on the one-year anniversary of his death from an injury sustained in Afghanistan. SSG Coyer completed four deployments in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.
Please sit back for a minute. Stare at that photo. Digest it. Let the pain of this woman grip you. And when you’re feeling like all hope is lost in this country, like you want to give up and give in, like the problems we face are insurmountable, like turning America around for our children is not meant to be… remember this photo. THIS IS WHY WE FIGHT. THIS IS WHY WE FIGHT. This young man DIED for us. We must stop at nothing to honor his memory, and to give his fellow patriot soldiers who he leaves behind, and all who come after them, a country WORTHY of their sacrifice, and a Commander in Chief who is WORTHY of their salute.
The United States Armed Forces Code of Conduct: Article I: “I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.”
… and so he did … and now he’s Home. May the Lord bless him, and comfort his sister and parents.