Remembering on Memorial Day

Posted by Darren Urban on May 28, 2012 – 6:25 am

On this Memorial Day, remember to honor those who have died serving our country — including former Cardinals safety Pat Tillman. We owe them a great debt.

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5 Responses to “Remembering on Memorial Day”

  1. By DontTakeLoses on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    His photo on my refrigerator. He’ll be the first Cardinal my baby boy will learn about. RIP.

  2. By johnwimmer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks to all who have served, and are serving our country. GO CARDS!

  3. By Skiptim on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Darren –

    Can the incompetence of the front office be any more glaring?? We need to LOCK UP DAVID CARTER! He played like an All Pro last year and we’ve only got him for a few years? Sign that boy to a LONG TERM DEAL! Anyway, will you put in a word to Whisenhunt that we need to get him signed long term, Fitzgerald style?

  4. By azfancolo on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you to all the veterans and current military!

  5. By Guy Montag on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    War is always about betrayal. Betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of troops by politicians.”
    — Chris Hedges (2009)
    . . .

    “… Pat [Tillman] died for this country, and he believed it was a great country that had a system that worked. … But we never thought that they would use him the way they did”
    — Mary Tillman, Congressional testimony (April 24, 2007)

    “It [word of Pat Tillman’s friendly fire death] went up to the two-star level and the two-star took it right up to the four-star level. … ‘Here is the steak dinner, but we’re giving it to you on this … garbage can cover. You know, you got it, you work it.’”
    — Brigadier General Howard Yellen (May 2004)

    “’What did Mr. Tillman’s sacrifice mean?’ … ‘It didn’t mean anything. It speaks to the mythology of war … There is nothing glamorous or romantic about war. It’s mostly about random pointless death and misery … the good aren’t rewarded, there’s no such thing as karma. ‘”

    — Jeffery A. Trachtenberg , (WSJ, Sept. 11, 2009)

    “…I wanted Barack Obama to win the presidency in 2008. Among my reasons was his outspoken opposition to Bush’s disastrous, unnecessary and probably illegal war in Iraq. … So what does Obama do? He sends 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Having interviewed Pat Tillman, Sr. (father of Pat Jr.) I called him for a quote. “My condolences to the families in advance,” he said.”

    — Jack Neworth, “Careful What You Wish For,” Santa Monica Daily Press, (Jan. 29, 2011)

    “Since Obama became president, a thousand soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, more than double the total in the years under Bush…. let’s declare victory and go home. … It only took an additional 711 American lives … for the White House to arrive at this conclusion. …We’d been fighting the wrong war, in the wrong way, in the wrong country.”

    — Michael Hastings, The Operators (January 2012)
    . . .

    “[Pat] admitted…he always felt a surge of energy and emotion at the point the National Anthem was played. He chuckled and said, ‘I guess I have a patriotic bone in me.’”

    “From the time I was very little, I was aware of my father’s pride in being a Marine. When I was three years old … I would stand between my parents, feet digging into the soft leather of the big front seat, and sing the entire Marine Corps Hymn at the top of my lungs… Military service was prevalent in my family and my husband’s family and we were taught to respect it.”

    — Mary Tillman, “Boots on the Ground by Dusk” (2008)

    “This war is so illegal…” — Pat Tillman to Ranger Russell Baer at Baghdad airport (2003)

    “I was stronger then, but I am fiercer now. I was so certain of life, and of my place in it. I was so sure of my love, and of my future. I now have none of those certainties, but at least I can comprehend pain. I was so ready, so eager to fight and now I pay, richly pay, for having fought. … I guess that’s what the world does to you. It makes you realize that honor and loyalty are traps with no reward.”
    — James Webb, “A Sense of Honor” (1981)

    “… Pat died for this country, and he believed it was a great country that had a system that worked. … we shouldn’t be allowed to have smokescreens thrown in our face. … we are in front of Congress because Congress is supposed to take care of their citizens. … It isn’t just our family. Every time they betray a soldier, they betray all of us.” … “We had officers that we trusted. We had high regard for them. … we knew they [Pat & Kevin] could die or they could come back wounded … But we never thought that they would use him the way they did”

    — Mary Tillman, Congressional testimony (April 24, 2007)

    “You are a General. There is no way a man like you, with your intelligence, education,…and rank … believes the conclusions reached in the March 31, 2005 Briefing Book [3rd Army 15-6 investigation into his son’s death] . But your signature is on it. I assume, therefore, that you are part of this shameless bullshit. … In sum — Fuck you … and yours.”

    — from Patrick Tillman, Sr.’s letter to BG General M. Jones (April 21, 2005)

    “For Mary Tillman, what the army did to her son made a mockery of everything he went to war for – honesty, integrity, the defence of the truth. ‘If you ask me if I trust our system now, the answer is I’m pretty disgusted by it. Unfortunately in our culture people survive more effectively through lies and deception and dishonourable behaviour than they do the reverse. And that’s very sad.’

    — Mick Brown, “Betrayal of an All-American Hero,” UK Guardian (Oct. 7, 2010)
    . . .

    Note: Epigrams excerpted from the post, “SOMETHING TO DIE FOR” – ‘The [Untold] Tillman Story” Between-the-Lines of Michael Hasting’s Book “The Operators,” at

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