Last night I got the news that my brother's best friend, Thomas, was one of the US Marine pilots that had been killed earlier in the day in a helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton in California. Hearing this news broke my heart...this was one of my brother's best friends, his best man at his wedding and a big part of my brother & sister-in-law's life. I had not seen or spoken to Thomas in years and never got the chance to know him that well but I do remember him being one of the nicest guy's I have ever met and I know my parents loved him too.
So many times I think we forget that we not only need to pray for the men & women in the military when they are overseas and at war but we need to remember them and pray for the ones who are here in the US training every day. Each day they take part in training excercises that are extremely dangerous. So many times I pray for the men and women that are serving in Iraq and Afganistan right now and I forget to pray for the ones who are right here in our country training, fighting, flying helicopters, jets and more and learning all the skills they will need when they get overseas.
This is such a sad reminder how short life can be and how precious our time here is. I am so sad for my brother and sister-in-law and all of Thomas's friends and family but will pray for comfort, strength and peace for all of them. I will also remember to pray for the safety of our military who are training each and every day all over the US.
My brother & Thomas at my brother's wedding
My brother & Thomas at their commissioning at Embry Riddle
Brother & sister-in-law's wedding where Thomas was the Best Man