On the Death of A soldier

A friend remarked about being “dumb and young”.  Read down through the comments. I replied:

I would not say “young and dumb” but, rather, “young and immortal”, for when we were young we knew that death was for some one else, but not for us.

Now that I am older, I have the benefit of age to counsel my thoughts, and let me better understand the sacrifice that others made for me, and for those not even born. I comprehend that “youth is wasted on the young”, but also understand why it is youth that bears the burden of war, for were we elders to consider the thing, it might not be done ne’er so well, or, rather, done to such a degree that generations might recoil in horror at the results. Hard to say which is the better course.

However, we are blessed, as a nation, with the gift of those who understand the cost and obligations that our Constitution demands, and are willing to risk all to keep that fire of liberty burning. We are, indeed, blessed that there are those who still can look around and say to themselves that “Yes, there is something here worth risking my life to protect”.

When the day comes that we have no more such as these, then we will deserve whatever fate befalls us.

Until then, give thanks to the Gods that there are those like SSG Cardenaz, who lead by example.



5 Responses to “On the Death of A soldier”

  1. February 26, 2010 at 06:17

    A very moving and insightful reply, Tim!
    Just recently, I and a few others adopted two young men who are readying to deploy to Afghanistan. They posted a photo. I love it so much because they look so young and full of life. The world is before them, and they are waiting to step into it. It is humbling to see their joy, playfulness, brotherhood and youth. It is inspiring to think of what they are willing to do for us.

  2. 2 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 26, 2010 at 06:52

    As a 48 year old, I can look at the young, so full of life and invincable. So full of life, you feel good just having them around. There is plenty of time for most of them to learn the ways of the world, and mature into the people that will maintain the world and country that we live in, and love. There are those, like SSgt. Cardenza, who must find out that immortality does not exist, but they, by doing a very difficult job that they did not have to, but rather chose to do, will allow thier generational compatriots to grow into those people. God Bless and keep them all.

  3. 3 Quartermaster
    February 27, 2010 at 03:26

    I look at the young men we send to combat and I am grateful my son survived to come home.

    He’s out now, after 12 years and making SSG, as a genetic defect he inherited from his mother’s side has led to a spinal degeneration. He did not re-enlist, but I think it was academic as they had scheduled an MRI and would have put him out anyway.

    February 27, 2010 at 08:30

    I bet Dad will sleep just a little more soundly at night, now. Tell your son thanks for keeping us safe for 12 years.

  5. February 28, 2010 at 02:21

    We are blessed indeed.

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