LCpl Jordan Haerter Memorial

I was in Sag Harbor on Saturday and paid a special visit.

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The low overcast and light rain were a reminder of the November day the Patriot Guard Riders  helped commemorate the naming of the LCpl Jordan C. Haerter Bridge.  When the rain let up I took the opportunity to walk to the memorial marker.

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In February, LCpl Haerter was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism, and that award has been duly noted.

It was a quiet moment, without the crowds and ceremony that attended the bridge renaming.  It offered a chance to reflect on the strength of character, love of country, fortitude, and, yes, bravery, that LCpl Haerter and all our fighting men and women display every day on our behalf and for our protection.

Those characteristics abound in the America of old and the America of today.  As I walked back from my visit I passed another memorial, this time to the men of Sag Harbor who fought in the Civil War.

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The similarity of purpose, fighting for freedom, of both causes, makes all of these men members of a great fraternity.  A brotherhood of those who suffer so that others may live their lives without chains, both literal and ideological, binding them.

God Bless You LCpl Haerter, and God Bless the nation that gives us men and women like you.

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