2 will not deploy with us, but these 2 still go with us.
2 lived their lives serving others.
2 went out of their way to help a stranger or make a new friend.
2 loved others and were loved by more than we know.
2 have finished the battle, but still fight with us.
2 are gone but still here.
Thank you SGT Testa and SGT Landon for the Warriors you are the Warriors you’ve helped us to be.
We’ll link-up again at the final rally point.
SGT Testa and SGT Landon died in separate off-duty events during the seven days leading up to our official report date for deployment.
A memorial ceremony for each Soldier was held at their respective units on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Sunday, “the first day” of the week, was initially observed by the first Christians as a reminder of resurrection. A declaration that death does not have the final word. Rather, the arc of the universe bends toward life. I believe we will meet again.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV
Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813)
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
“Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
“Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
“Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
“Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
“Show respect to all people and bow to none.
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
“When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
“Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”