Thursday, April 9, 2009

Not Forgotten

Hey Y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. Today's post is not about bath and body products, ingredients or one of my many ramblings. Today I am honoring the life, sacrifice and service of Pfc Chance Phelps.

HBO released the movie "Taking Chance" on February 21, 2009 and I watched it this past Tuesday afternoon. The movie is based on the real life experiences of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, who volunteered for military escort duty to accompany the body of Pfc Chance Phelps, a 19 year old Marine, back home to Dubois, Wyoming.

"Taking Chance" is a heart wrenching, tear flowing, true account of how a soldier is honored, respected and prepared for their final journey home. The Mortuary Team in Dover, Delaware, as well as all the civilian and military personnel along the way, are to be commended for the grace, honor and respect they give to the fallen.

I know this post is a little out of my norm, however, I have a strong military background. I felt a tugging obligation today to write this post. You see, it was 5 years ago today that Pfc Chance Phelps was killed in action. If you would like to read more about Pfc Chance Phelps and The Chance Phelps Foundation, visit Run4Chance.

Thank you to the parents of Pfc Chance Phelps for allowing us a glimpse into what has virtually been the unknown to the civilian world. Although many will disagree with me, I am grateful that the ban has been lifted at Dover Air Force Base for the media to be present when fallen soldiers arrive on American soil.

The decision to allow the media access is only granted if given permission by the next of kin. Even though a soldier is not alone when they arrive at Dover Air Force Base, in my opinion, granting the media access allows us to pay our respects by honoring the fallen in their sacrifice and service to the United States of America.

Thanks for stopping by y'all and taking the time to read about Pfc Chance Phelps. His story touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you.

"To those who died defending our great country, Rest In Peace, for you will not be forgotten".

Cactus & Ivy
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