SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell here, and this is Motivation Monday brought to you by Veterans Lending Group. Today is Memorial Day and today is not about motivation. Today is about remembering. Today is about honoring. Today is about being somber, because today, Memorial Day, we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m here on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, at the 4th Stryker Brigade to IDX Memorial, the brigade that I had the honor of serving as the brigade command sergeant major for during the surge in Iraq in 2007-08. And to my pleasure. Who do I see out here?
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: But a fellow raider that I fought with in combat, one of our Tomahawks SPC Guy Storr. How are you doing, brother?
SPC Guy Storr: Good Sgt Maj, how are you?
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: Thank you for being here today.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: So, as we look at our memorial here and we think about our brothers and sisters, who stands out to you? Even though all 54 are important, who’s one that really stands out for you?
SPC Guy Storr: For me it’s Sgt. Joel A. Dahl.
SPC Guy Storr: We grew up together in the Army, and he was a couple of days away from going on leave to meet his daughter, who was born while we were deployed. And he was taken out by a sniper on June 23rd and he never got home to meet her.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: Well, you know, that’s a tragic story. And you know who stands out to me, all 54 have a place in my heart always.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: But for me, I think about people like PFC Ferrero, CPL Lee, and CPL Nelson from B138 who were all killed in Baqouba by a suicide vest. And I also think about my guy, the worst day of my life, 19 July 2007, when my patrol was hit and we lost a good man, CPL Brandon Craig.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: And I think about the families of all of these men and women and the sacrifices that these men and women are these men made and what their families are going through.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: So on Memorial Day today, we choose to celebrate the life of these 54 men. And it was the best thing that we can do. Those of us that are still walking on this earth is to honor the memory of not only these 54 like Guy and I do, but the thousands upon thousands of other men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our way of life.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: And we can’t forget about the Gold Star families and the pain they endure every day. And the best thing we can do is honor them as well and pray that the Almighty will ease their pain and give them some kind of solace, knowing that their lost loved ones did great for our country.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: So, Guy, great seeing your brother, God Bless you.
SPC Guy Storr: Good to see you, Sgt Maj.
SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: All right. And we’re going to stay in touch. Have a great week, everybody.