Thursday, April 1, 2010
SSG Jason R Arnette: We will remember and honour
Name: Arnette, Jason Birthday: 11/07/1982 Date of Death: 04/01/2007 Age: 24 Rank: SSG Service: Army
"It's funny how things roll in your direction when you think everything is all good in the hood. Life can switch momentum on you in a flash but don't let it get you down as long as you can do something about it." - Jason Arnette in an email to his sister.
That is taken from a profile CJ did of this fallen hero on They Have Names.
I have written about Jason and his family a couple of times. A year ago, I wrote about a bridge being named to honour his service and sacrifice:
Friday, April 3, 2009
Today in Amelia County, Virginia, a very special ceremony is being held to rename a bridge as the SSG JASON R ARNETTE MEMORIAL BRIDGE. [...]
Mom Mickey gave a speech at the bridge dedication
(to read the rest of that column, and watch a video of Jason, go here)
Previous columns I have done about Jason AND his mom:
Virginia Bridge Named After Fallen Hero
And Mickey, Jason's mom:
Osama bin Laden is DEAD: Is the War over?
And yes, Mickey continues to weigh in, and educate the ignorant when the need arises:
Read that last one, and you won't ever need to ask again: 'Where do we get such heroes as Jason?'
There are not words big enough.
There is not a hug strong enough.
There is not a smile wide enough.
All I can offer is thank you.
This picture (one of my personal favourites of Jason,) and all pictures here, used with permission. They are all copyright protected from unauthorised use.
In one of my previous columns, I wrote:
I promise you, Jason: I WILL always remember and honour you, and your family, with gratitude, respect and love.
That will not change - ever.