Memorial Day. It is one of the most famous American holidays, yet it can be a sad day for many. This special day honors those who gave their lives fighting for our country. And for those who have lost loved ones because of their service, their grief is magnified today.
On every memorial day, I remember a moment nearly 13 years ago when my life took a pivotal turn.
I was the captain of a Special Forces team who embarked on a mission that turned out to be the toughest day of my life. An immediate blast of a 400-pound bomb killed four of my men – SFC Bradley S. Bohle, SFC Shawn P. McCloskey, SSG Joshua M. Mills, and our Afghan translator, Razul. These men are sons, brothers, fathers, and husbands, and they all lost their lives in the honorable service of their country. Their family has suffered the most difficult loss a loved one can bear and will never be forgotten.
After the attack, sadness and depression took root and every day became a challenge until one day it hit me. I needed to look in the face of tragedy and rise above it. I couldn’t change what happened, but I can change how it affected my life moving forward.
It became my duty to honor them in the best way I knew – living the best life possible. The Epiphany I received is one that I encourage all of you to follow on this Memorial Day, regardless of whether or not you have experienced a personal loss.
How to honor the fallen
The greatest way to appreciate fallen soldiers is to show a life of gratitude and move it forward. Many have given their lives for a purpose greater than their own – freedom. We are truly fortunate to be free to live in a land where adversity arises, if we charge no matter how high the hill, anything is possible.
Let us use Memorial Day not only to honor and remember those who are no longer with us, but to send ourselves into action to improve our lives, to get out there and win, and to keep moving forward for those who are no longer able to. Anything less is a missed opportunity.
Active duty, veterans, and retired military: Take the day to commemorate those we lost and keep fighting with pride and strength. Know that you are always fighting for a higher goal – democracy and freedom.
Gold Star Families: I would like to take this time to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. Your loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice, and while we can never understand the pain you went through, you will always have the utmost appreciation and respect.
everybody Who calls this great country country: Let us be forever grateful to those who go on and fight for our enduring freedom. Their courage and dedication should continue to inspire us to always live life to the fullest.
Levi Rodgers serves as the principal of KW Military, a powerful business and networking community of Keeler Williams agents. KW Military’s mission is to honor KW Agents service and sacrifice by providing the tools, training, and camaraderie needed to build a great company and a greater life. A highly-honored US Army Special Forces veteran, Rodgers enlisted in the US Army in 1996. Rodgers began his real estate career in 2012. In 2016, he founded the Levy Rodgers Real Estate Group.