Today our town, Douglas, WY will be lining the streets and attending the funeral for Marine Lance Cpl. Sean O'Connor who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. He was 22 year old at the time of his death, and he was serving our country. He was killed June 12 during a patrol in the Helmand Province Region of southwest Afghanistan by a rocket propelled grenade during a search.
This is especially close to my heart because my father was a Marine who served three tours in the Vietnam War. He served his country dutifully for 28 years and retired as a Lt. Col. He was stationed in Camp Pendleton at one point in his career, and when my parents retired, they moved outside the back gate of Camp Pendleton. My father died 3 days before 9/11 and was buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. Sean O'Connor was stationed out of Camp Pendleton, and even though I never met Sean, my heart grieves for his family & friends.
Our prayers go out to Sean's friends, family, & neighbors. May God grant you comfort and strength during this difficult time. Thank you Sean for your service. May this remind all of us that freedom isn't free, it's paid for with the lives of honorable men & women. Remember to thank a veteran for his service and keep the O'Connor family in your thoughts and prayers.