On this day, I always like to thank all of those serving our country, as well as remember with great respect and thanks, those that have fallen for the sake of our Country's safety and our continued freedom.
Memorial Day became even more special to me after my best friend's cousin, Charles "Trey" Kitowski, III passed away in Afghanistan while on duty.
Trey (as I remember him) was always a special guy. I have such fond memories of growing up with my best friend, Lauren and her brothers and Trey. Lauren's brothers would make our lives miserable with constant pranks.
But, not Trey. He was so kind and always so respectful. Much like his Grandfather (his namesake), Trey was an extremely compassionate and kind spirit always ready and willing to help, not once turning his back on someone in need. Trey dedicated his life to helping others: 'helping with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, or finding a way to adopt any animal he could find.' So, it was a natural step for Trey to want to protect and serve his country.
And, protect and serve he did. And, he did it well. Exceptionally well. Trey entered the Army Reserves in 2005 and was then assigned to the 345th Psychological Operations Company, 2nd Psychological Operations Group, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; soon after he was deployed to Afghanistan.
Trey would write his family and call as often as possible while he was deployed. He was so excited about the project he had been assigned to work on, the project that would be his ultimate demise. 'On, August 12, 2007, Sergeant Charles "Trey" Kitsowski, III, age 31, was killed by an IED in Eastern Afghanistan. He died doing what he felt duty-bound to do.'
I write this blog-post with fond memories of the sweet, fair haired kid who always had a smile on his face, respected his Country to the utmost degree and loved his family and his friends with a heart bigger than that of the Country he served.
This Trey, today, is for you. And, all the other wonderful men and women out there who have risked their lives to allow me the freedom to write this post, to voice my opinion on what matters, to walk down my city streets without fear, to love and to laugh and to know that the Country in which I reside, the Country YOU protected, is the best in the world.
**Excerpts in italics and pics taken from "In Memoriam, Charles Kitowski"**