A day to remember the fallen

When I was a student at the University of Michigan, I was walking across campus and a young woman stopped me.

“Please take this,” she said, and then handed me a small slip of paper. “It’s Veterans Day. We want all of our fallen to be remembered.”

I looked at the slip. It read: Christopher M. Talbert.

When I got back to my dorm room, I Googled the name. Christopher Talbert had been a 24-year-old soldier from Illinois. He was serving in Afghanistan when a bomb killed him.

That was a wake up call. It’s not a nameless mass that goes to some faraway land to serve our country. They are brothers and sisters from happy neighborhoods all around this nation.

On this Memorial Day, remember the fallen, like Christopher Talbert, and give thanks that they were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free.



  1. Nice post. Amazing to think how we remember individuals now, where deaths in war are numbered in tens or hundreds rather than in thousands or hundreds of thousands or even millions. And that was less than 100 years ago.

    Somehow I find the terrible waste of large numbers of lives more humbling, and quite honestly more obscene. There are times when you have to thank those who made the sacrifice, especially when fighting people like Hitler. There are times these days when conflicts seem somewhat less obvious over who the bad guy really is and why people are fighting…I am not convinced our so-called leaders actually know…or if they do, perhaps they aren’t being totally honest about motivations for entering conflicts.

  2. I never forget it. My family is an Army family. We’ve had some one helping to hold the line clear back to the Revolution. More than a few paid for it.

    I liked her way of reminding people. Giving out names, and I wonder how many people took that extra step to find our who this person was.

  3. Thoughtful reality story. It’s amazing to know that, most of us know that deep in us we are actually sisters and brothers, maybe not through DNA, but in a way we are, and we must also sacrifaice things for ourselves cause we are one.


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