Today's the day we remember all those Americans who have given their lives in service to their country, from the War for Independence to the present day. Specifically, I have particular names in mind on Memorial Day.
I wrote last month to commemorate the anniversary of their ultimate sacrifice, and again today I'm remembering the eight members of the United States Armed Forces who lost their lives in the 1980 failed attempt to rescue the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran. From the United States Air Force: Captains Harold Lewis, Jr., Lyn D. McIntosh, Richard L. Bakke, and Charles T. McMillan, and from the United States Marine Corps: Staff Sergeant Dewey L. Johnson, Sergeant John D. Harvey, and Corporal George N. Holmes. You can learn more about the failed rescue attempt in the brief video below. The hostages were eventually released on the day of Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1981. Many of them have since passed on, and I remember the imprisonment, beatings, and mock executions they endured as well. Unfortunately, many, including my father, returned with deep mental and emotional scars that haven't fully healed.
Additionally, I remember Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who were all killed in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya.
Who have you taken a moment today to honor?
Here's the video to learn more about the 1980 rescue attempt.