Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Heroes among us

I just learned that a man I went to high school with lost his son yesterday, October 19, 2009 as a result of active military duty. I do not have specific details as to where or how. The most simple statement is this - a bright young man gave his life in a far away place to uphold the tenets upon which this country was founded. His family is grieving in a manner those of us who have not lost a family member in this specific way cannot fathom.

I cannot pretend to understand what they are going through, nor am I so presumptuous as to think that a few written words will make a dent in their sadness. All I can say is that for me, the world stopped for a quiet, painful moment when I heard this news. I did not know this young man. I knew his father in high school, so the connection is tenuous at best. That being said, I would find it doubtful that anyone can remain untouched by the news that a young man gave his life in dedicated service to his country. This is not a time to air political opinions, to cast blame or to debate what is right or wrong. It is a time to come together in support of this family.

I ask everyone who reads this blog to take a moment to hold all military men and women, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers. We lose so many bright and wonderful people each and everyday in the active arena.

This young man's name is Jonathon Miller and he hailed from Clinton, Tennessee. In my eyes and, I am positive, the eyes of his family and friends, he is a true Hero. God rest him and those he left behind.


  1. This is very sad. Wishing God's blessing on the family in dealing with the tragedy.

  2. Marty, thank you for the comment and for the prayers. John's family needs every bit of support that people are willing to give.