The Gander Crash Memorial at Ft. Campbell.
A friend of mine, currently stationed in Korea, reminded me of this on FaceBook this morning…thanks Mark..
Lest we forget…
We often think of Memorial Day as a day to salute our war dead. In reality, we recognize those that have given their lives in the military in service to their country. 248 names were inscribed on that list 25 years ago today. December 12, 1985 marked a very sad day for the families of many of the members of the 3rd Battalion 502nd Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). 248 soldiers, returning from a 6 month tour of duty protecting the tenacious peace accord signed between Egypt and Israel at Camp David in 1979, and 8 Air Canada aircrew were killed when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Gander, Newfoundland en route to Ft. Campbell, KY.
Our soldiers died protecting the peace between two hostile nations half way around the globe. Although named the “Multinational Force and Observer” mission, they did much more that just simply look around. They served as a buffering force in a hellish sandbox between two armies still fuming over recent conflicts. The peace that these soldiers, and many more like them before and since, helped maintain a stability in the region that was unheard of before that accord. Anybody that says that the US has no business being the world’s policeman has obviously never taken this mission into account. While technically a U.N. mission, the U.N. is only as strong as the strongest member nation which to date is still the US.
So as we go about our business today…getting ready for Christmas…watching some football….shoveling the sidewalk..or what have you; lets take a moment to lift up our hearts to the memory of these 248 fallen warriors, given to us by God, taken from us by fate, rightfully enshrined in our praise for all eternity.