Marine Lance Cpl. Carlos A. Aragon
Died March 1, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom.
Thank you for your service and your dedication to give the ultimate sacrifice for this country and it's interest in removing evil and tyranny in this world.
Although I never met this young man, I did serve with his Step Dad during the Kosovo conflict over a decade earlier.
Years later I happened to catch his Step Dad giving an interview for some show I was watching on Memorial Day. I was shocked to hear of the event he was describing and and that it had hit so close to home for him.
I reached out as we had not stayed in touch too well. He was bitter and had a lot of anger and wished he could go back in service himself and destroy life. I understood entirely as I had lost some fellow brothers in arms myself though not family members in that sense.
Everyone says time is a healer but I disagree. Time does march on but it doesn't heal anything. It just makes the scabs of life a little more numb and tolerable. There is only one healer of this pain.
Recently I saw my friend Brad on another interview, this time a PBS broadcast and although I am not sure of the year it was recorded, it was obvious that he and his wife had found a peace of sorts. The question of why always lingers, but in peace at least you can remember the life instead of the death and actually celebrate the life that was sacrificed.
Just wanted to pay a little gratitude to my friend Brad and his family.