When I think of honor I think of all those men and women who gave their life while serving their country. Some people have lost their lives in war, others in training missions, and others in experiments gone wrong. But all gave their lives for their country.
All gave some, some gave all
One of my friends was a fighter pilot and his plane went down in January of 2013. When I first heard about the accident I was certain they would find him. He was an amazing outdoorsman and he had so much to live for.
When I heard that his plane crashed I was worried, but surely this couldn’t be the end. I really thought they would find him. And they did find his body after searching for 3 days, but he was gone. I never had really thought about how dangerous being a fighter pilot is. I never thought about the risk they took for each training mission. It had always been natural to worry about the military members overseas not really thinking that ones at home station. Not realizing the risk they take every day and could be lost so quickly as well.
I was in awe of the fact he was a fighter pilot. And could not believe the luck he had to be serving in Italy. But a few things…bad weather, his seat not being correctly place, and other various factors caused his plane to go down and his life to end. Suddenly, everything changed. He was gone and would not be coming back.
His wife was nine months pregnant when the accident took place and she went from planning for childbirth to planning a memorial service. It seemed like everything was going well for their family and now his daughter is growing up without a father. The sacrifice he gave still ripples in the people who were closest to him. His wife, brother, mother, and others still miss him.
I still can’t believe he is gone. I still can’t believe I won’t be able to go on one of his amazing adventures again. His life was cut short, but the days he lived he lived life to the fullest.
But his legacy lives on
And if you ever wonder why we chose the name Luke for our son this is the story of why.
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