Happy Memorial Day, 2008 Let’s remember Pat Tillman today. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Memorial Day, Pat Tillman ← USC and Charlotte to Play in Raleigh Regional Another chance for baseball to deliver → 14 Responses to “Happy Memorial Day, 2008” highstick 05/26/2008 at 8:44 PM # Glad you did this. I’ve been having some connection problems over the weekend and started to post a thanks to all my fellow State alum who served or are serving. I never will forget watching CNN during the first Gulf War and seeing an Air Force General briefing on the air war. Never did see his name, but he sure looked familiar! Later that day, I saw his name and it was General Buster Glossen, my Deputy Wing Commander in AFROTC. I had met Buster my first week at State through one of my roommates. Buster also played football during that time at State—1963-64 era. I’ve been on an “intel mission” trying to locate as many of my former Army buds that I served with and have really had some good results and fun remembering some of our good times lately. Just don’t understand how we can have so much grey hair though~ wufpup76 05/26/2008 at 9:13 PM # God bless all who have, are, and will serve and God bless the USA ruffles31 05/26/2008 at 9:53 PM # Thank you all veterans for everything you do/did for us. Nice video. howlie 05/26/2008 at 10:34 PM # Would have been great for the other sites [with 'usual' access to TOB] to get TOB to comment on Memorial Day. Here’s to the heroes whom TOB always calls to his side in every facet of life. whitefang 05/27/2008 at 6:04 AM # A few years ago I was taking one of my kids to a Panthers game. He was wearing a Panther’s jersey of which he has several. He asked me why I never wear a jersey to the game as so many do for pro games. No offense to those who do, but I told him I had never been into that. But I told him there is one jersey I would wear – #40 TILLMAN. Sw0rdf1sh 05/27/2008 at 7:33 AM # SFN & Co., I have to thank you for mentioning Memorial Day, and even more for mentioning Pat Tillman and his sacrifice. As avid sports fans, I think it can hit home people like us sometimes more than just your average Joe (unfortunately). I was fortunate enough to know Pat. The first time we met was right after his Senior year at a family reunion and we talked about how he was going to try and get on the Arizona team although he wasn’t drafted. I talked a little about Eric Swann and you could tell Pat was as straight forward as someone could be about their future. As we were at a family reunion, I had the pleasure of having to guard him on a 3 on 3 dunk rim basketball game because we both were of similar size. All I can say is he played that game like everything else he did in life….full steam. A few years later we went to his wedding as he married my wife’s cousin Marie. It was a blast and our whole family was there to see him. A few days later he told us all about his plans, something that he had already shared with Marie and his parents. That was the last time I ever saw Pat. When Pat was lost to the war, they called us all and told us that ESPN was paying for everything for the family to come out to the funeral. My wife was 8 1/2 months pregnant so we didnt’ get to go, but everyone was so complimentary of ESPN and how they took on a role there. As the years have passed, I wonder how many people keep him in their thoughts and I am very happy to see SFN has. I have a Tillman jersey and I wear it every Wolfpack Military Appreciation Day game….look for me in section 24 this year. You can still get them I think through links off the Pat Tillman Foundation website. Thanks again Pat. StateFans 05/27/2008 at 7:49 AM # ^ Wow! You just never know who is out there in the community. Thanks so much for sharing. Noah 05/27/2008 at 9:17 AM # I was fortunate enough to know Pat. The first time we met was right after his Senior year at a family reunion and we talked about how he was going to try and get on the Arizona team although he wasn’t drafted. One correction…Tillman was a seventh-round pick. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 05/27/2008 at 10:24 AM # I think it is unfortunate when we single out one individual on Memorial Day. VaWolf82 05/27/2008 at 11:47 AM # I think that it is important to highlight individuals and their sacrifice. We can never recognize every one that has paid the ultimate price for freedom. But by remembering one individual’s story, we are reminded that everyone that has died defending this country has a story to tell….even if we don’t know it. Getting to know a little about just one person puts a human face on the price that has been paid for the freedoms that we enjoy today. This process adds alot more meaning to Memorial Day and what it was established for. Noah 05/27/2008 at 1:09 PM # This year, I would imagine that there are about 4000 families singling out one individual. Sw0rdf1sh 05/27/2008 at 5:16 PM # You are correct Noah. I should have said he spoke as if was not going to be drafted and was making plans to try for that team. Being the 7th round comp pick, you can tell he had his head in the right place I guess. He was going to try out for that specific team anyway, and even though in my eyes he was one of their best picks that year, they wanted him. They could have possibly picked someone else because they knew he would be coming out, but he had something special with a lot of those coaches too. Also, I’m not singling out any one individual over another. I’m proud of every single one of our soldiers in every branch. I had a blasy yesterday shanking hands with every single soldier I had a chance to see this weekend. VaWolf82 05/28/2008 at 8:43 AM # I think it is unfortunate when we single out one individual on Memorial Day. I disagree. Highlighting one individual in no way diminshes the sacrifice of others. By highlighting individuals who have sacrificed everything for their country, you are presenting a face, a family, a memory to provide everyone a better appreciation of that sacrifice. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 05/28/2008 at 9:37 AM # “This year, I would imagine that there are about 4000 families singling out one individual.” Which is truly sad commentary of this nation right now with a President that can’t and has failed to explain why this is so. This doesn’t even include the 60,000 or so families facing incredible challenges due to horrible injuries. Many of those injuries are one’s that in previous wars would of probably resulted in death. There is no greater sacrifice than those serving our country and it is a shame when they are asked to do so for no real reason, or at least none that has been provided in the 5 years since the beginning of the conflict. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. 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