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TRIVIAL PURSUIT

November 8, 2018

BY D.K. LION

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1. ROBERT P. ZURHEIDE JR.                

2. MATTEW LAKOWSKI                        

3. ELIJAH TAI WAH WONG                   

4. LEE DUANE TODACHEENE            

5. MICHAEL M. MERILA                       

6. ERIC F. COOK   

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7. CHARLIE KEATING

8. CARLOS CARRASCO

9. WYATT MARTIAN

10. MARTIN BARRERAS

11. JOSHUA SILVERMAN

12. JONAM RUSSELL

             


     Don't recognize these names? I'm not surprised in the least. You may be wondering who these men are & what's so special about them; some of you may have already taken to google to find out. Allow me to enlighten you...


     The first 6 names are of those with ties to Arizona who gave their lives in service to their country during one of the numerous stages of the Gulf War prior to April 22, 2004. The last 6 are servicemembers who ALSO made the ultimate sacrifice, but AFTER April 22, 2004, the day PAT TILLMAN was reportedly killed in action in Afghanistan. These 12 men were sons, fathers, husbands, & brothers...


Unfortunately, NONE OF THEM WERE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, ATHLETES, ENTERTAINERS, OR CELEBRITIES!!!


     My point? To congratulate as well as express my disappointment, and frustration.


     Congrats to not only Arizona But America for showing so much support for Tillman and his memory, The Tillman foundation, numerous events honoring his memory and sacrifice, immortalizing him for all posterity. We've successfully made him a source of pride for not only the state of Arizona but America as a whole.


     Unfortunately, in doing so we've also managed to trivialize the same sacrifice of not only the 12 men mentioned earlier, but also the other 200+ service members from Arizona, as well as the other 6,800-7,000 Americans who deserve the same respect, recognition, and attention as Tillman, but won't receive because none of them gave up a professional football career to serve their country... WE SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED & ASHAMED OF OURSELVES...


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