Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Here at Splinter and Things, Memorial day is a day of introspection. With over 21 years combined service, we appreciate the level of respect our brothers and sisters in arms deserve. While everyone is heading to the beach or firing up their grill in celebration for their freedom, we must not forget the brave men and women who came before us to ensure that freedom can be realized year after year. These brave men, who have stormed the beaches of Normandy, sweat and bled in the jungles of Vietnam, marched through the sands of Iraq, Kuwait, and the mountains of Afghanistan, and established dominance in every war since we started this experiment of a country almost 2 and a half centuries ago.

We give thanks to those souls lost so that others may live. Today is for them. As my late Uncle Greg used to say “Freedom Ain’t Free MotherF*ckers!” I’m posting these pictures and names on behalf of Xavier, Founder of Splinter and Things.

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Army Spc. Jared D. Stanker
Died October 27, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

22, of Evergreen Park, Ill.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Oct. 27 in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an IED. Also killed were Army Sgt. Fernando Delarosa, Army Sgt. 1st Class Luis M. Gonzalez, Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin, Army Sgt. Issac B. Jackson, Army Pfc. Christopher I. Walz and Army Sgt. Patrick O. Williamson.
Marine Cpl. Conner T. Lowry
Died March 1, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

24, of Chicago, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died March 1 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan
IT3 (SW) Jonathan Tinch, US Navy – 17 Feb 2012

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