On December 4, 2006, Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis sacrificed his life to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers by throwing himself on top of a grenade that had been tossed into his armored vehicle during a patrol. He was 19 years old. Pfc. McGinnis was given the rank of Specialist posthumously, and on June 2, he will be awarded the fourth Medal of Honor of the Iraq War.
Today, we remember Spc. McGinnis and all of those throughout the history of this country who not only answered the call to defend it, they paid the ultimate price in that defense.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13
So, as your enjoying your day off from work, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying a day at the beach, a cookout with loved ones, or just a relaxing day at home, take a minute to remember and thank all of those who laid down their lives in defense of our freedoms.
And, while you’re at it, remember and say thanks to those who are still serving.
- Memorial Day History
- Burial & Memorials Home – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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