Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sgt. Daehan Park killed in action!
"A life given for his country
Published 04:25 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"In peace, sons bury their fathers," wrote the Greek historian Herodotus. "In war, fathers bury their sons."
"For the second time in two weeks, our state is called on to bury one of its sons. For the second time, we are forcibly reminded that we are not at peace, a fact so easy to forget in our lives of a thousand distractions.
"We are at war, and our young people are paying a terrible price.
"Sgt. 1st Class Daehan Park, a 36-year-old graduate of Watertown High School, died Saturday, killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Wardak province.
"News of his death reaches us while we are still mourning the passing of Army Spc. David R. Fahey Jr., 23, formerly of Norwalk, who was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 28, also by an IED.
"Sgt. Fahey was the 10th soldier from Connecticut to die in Afghanistan. Our hopes that we would never see an 11th came to a quick end. In Iraq, 31 Connecticut servicemen have died.
"But each death must remind us that this is a story that cannot be told with numbers. Sgt. Park, like each before him, was not a statistic. He was a human being, with a story of his own.
"Sgt. Park's story is tied closely to the military. His record of service to this country is remarkable.
"He gave to this country like few others. He first joined the Army in 1998, and completed overseas missions in Bangladesh, Iraq, Philippines, Cambodia and India before being deployed to Afghanistan.
This state and this nation are in is debt. We owe his family. We owe his children. And we owe him to remember that Sgt. 1st Class Daehan Park was not just the 11th person from Connecticut to die in this war. He was a husband, a father, a son, and a man who gave himself, in life and death, to the service of his country.
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/A-life-given-for-his-country-1142255.php#ixzz1Gi1QMhcZ
Kenneth Stepp salutes Sgt. Daehan Park of Connecticut who was killed in action in Afghanistan!