Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks. This past Thursday, many of us were fortunate to share among our loved ones a traditional holiday and give thanks to the Lord for all that we are blessed with – family, faith, friends, prosperity and freedom. If you were like me, you were in a warm house with family and blessed with a feast of holiday tradition.
For some 5,000 soldiers located in northern Iraq, that fight for our freedom, they were not as lucky to share their Thanksgiving meal with their family or loved ones. Many of these soldiers are just thankful to be alive. Unfortunately, one American soldier was not as blessed. Let’s not forget that this past Thanksgiving – “all gave some, some gave all.”
H/T Western Journalism:
As media outlets hailed Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as a “charismatic icon” on the day after his death, former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren pleaded with all Americans to honor a man who died for all the things Castro opposed.
Greta’s post on Twitter:
While many of us were safely w/family and friends on Thanksgiving… https://twitter.com/usnavy/status/802364375264821248 …
“This is very sad and he and his family deserve our attention and gratitude. I know that Castro is on every news organization’s radar today….but my PLEA TO THE MEDIA… please don’t forget Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton,” she posted on her Facebook page.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42. He entered the Navy in ’93. He was currently based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia and was serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Dayton had been assigned to (Exoplosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit) EODMU while in Syria. Dayton was killed by an IED, or an improvised explosive device.
“Please make sure you report about him, about his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his family. Please let his family know we are all mourning his death,” she added.
“Dayton was killed on Thanksgiving Day. He is the first U.S. combat casualty against Islamic State in Syria,” she added, noting that this American hero’s sacrifice could have been missed by the media because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“… it needs to be repeated today that his life was important and that we grieve for him and his family,” she added.
Van Susteren’s Facebook page was filled with comments thanking her for reminding Americans of what truly matters.
“You’re right Greta, lost and forgotten, that is not the way it should be!! This is a life that was dedicated to protecting our freedom — should be plastered on the news!!” posted Barbara Lee.
“My thoughts and prayers are for this Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, and for all his family, close friends in the military and at home. God bless him for his dedication to his country, and the cause that he was fighting for (peace) and against EVIL. May all those that loved him so much be at peace knowing that he sacrificed so much for so many. God’s blessings,” posted Kathy Robinson Anderson.
Our prayers are with the Dayton family as they mourn the loss of a loved one. We are blessed to have such great American soldiers, like Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, who every day are willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom.
Let’s NOT forget this young man’s loss. Let’s let his family know we appreciate his ultimate sacrifice, and share, share, share his story.
Again our blessings and prayers go out to the Dayton family! God Bless Our Troops!
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