Saturday, April 10, 2010

What were you doing in 1991?

**Correction: we were just informed Ricky was born 4/3/90 - and was killed one week prior to his 20th birthday.**

1991 was the year Ricky was born.

That was also the year the Gulf War ended. Yeltsin was elected. Clarence Thomas made it onto the Supreme Court. Haiti's president was siezed in an uprising. I was living in San Francisco, taking sailing lessons, just living life obliviously. It doesn't seem all that long ago, actually.

In 1991, I never noticed Ricky was born. Did you?

Ricky was destined to become Marine Lance Corporal Rick Centanni. A hero. One who gave his life for us. For me. For you. For millions of people who he'd never meet. The nation didn't notice he'd arrived on the day he was born. Most Americans won't notice that he's gone. But his family will miss him every day for the rest of their lives. Our OWH family offers our condolences—it may not ease their pain, but we grieve with them.

And we redouble our own efforts to support those still in harm's way. Heroes who daily put their lives on the line for us, for a nation full of millions they'll never know. A nation that often obliviously goes on with life, not recognizing the sacrifices that allow us to live in freedom and peace here at home. Our cards are so simple a gesture, so small a repayment for all that is done for us; but it's what we have to offer. A connection with home, for those serving in our armed forces.


Marine Lance Corporal Rick Centanni, rest in peace.

11 comments:

Anary said...

aal my love and prayers to your family dear soldier...
anary

Rhonda Miller said...

I send my prayers to his family. May they be comforted in their time of grief.

Anonymous said...

My heart hurts for your family--may God hold you in his arms till you can find peace again. Know your Hero gave the greatest gift of all--he will always be loved--and he will never be forgotten!!! Our prayers are with you--Semper Fi. <3 Denise Ireland

SuzAnn said...

Semper fi

This amazing man and his family are in my prayers.

Hannah. F said...

Wow how young! I was born on Veterans day in 1991. It amazes me how litle we actually realize what they do for us and our country, and I'm glad we can help them, even if only a little, sending cards.
My condolences to the Centanni Family during their time of sorrow
May God Bless and keep you.

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful tribute to him, and all others who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Velda said...

This is so emotional. I have a Marine grandson who was born in 1989. This is why I want to support these families. Thank you so much for your sacrifice.

Susan said...

Even though I didn't know Rick personally, I was one of the thousands that lined the city streets for his procession. It was an amazing experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Andrea said...

To say thank you to Ricky and the Centanni family is not enough. I don't know what is though. This reminds me of where I was in 1991....I took a trip to D.C. with my parents....there was a funeral for a soldier killed in the Gulf War at Arlington National Cemetary when we were there. It was unbelievably moving. God bless!

Our Little Inspirations said...

God bless every man, woman, and child who came out and paid tribute to one of America's finest heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice. To see such an outpouring of love, pride and honor is truly overwhelming to see. Rest in peace Rick.......your work is done.

Rufus said...

Thank you to the Centanni family for their bravery. Bless everyone who stood in for all of us when they paid tribute to a fallen Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. We as a nation and a people owe them a debt of gratitude. While that will never repay what and who they have lost, please know that your son and loved one will not be forgotten. His work is done, ours continues.
R/