Last Updated May 27, 2011 11:01 AM EDT
Today I am not a financial commentator or analyst, I am just a person whose family lost a brave soul. This is our beloved nephew, who entered the Marine Corps after graduating from Annapolis in 2006. 1st Lieutenant Michael L. LiCalzi USMC died on May 11, 2006 in Anbar Provence, Iraq, six weeks into his first tour of duty.
In the five years since Michael's death, so many more soldiers have died or been injured. You may scan their names in the local newspaper or hear of a particularly bad event on television, but the sad truth is that only a fraction of the stories are reported. That was why it was particularly moving to see some members of Mike's battalion -- the 2d Tank Battalion of the USMC -- at a recent fundraising event for the Ace in the Hole Foundation, the non-profit established by Michael's twin brother and father to honor Michael's service.
The message on their shirts reflected what I believe fallen soldiers' families want: to know that their loss will not be forgotten. So please remember our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. Maybe that means attending your town's parade or thanking a soldier who served or even just bowing your head for a moment to honor all who gave so much.