Memorial Day (My Brother, My Soldier)

My brother passed away on the United States Army Base in San Antonio, Texas, at the Brooke Army Medical Center on August 18, 2003. He was 37. He loved the Army, serving his country…



My Brother, My Soldier


We are so far from home,

he and I.

Engulfed in a land so foreign to us,

a city within a city. 


At times he is stubborn

and full of mischief,

teasing and laughing

the brother I know.


There are times when he is reflective,

speaking as if

communicating with

I would guess, the Divine.


He is so thankful for the help he receives 

and so apologetic when he is in need.

He loves and hugs all who are near,

Only they and I experience the fear.


His body tires and his eyes close,

he puts his hand in mine.

I wait silently for him to wake,

and I greet him with a smile.


I tell my brother he is a good soldier.

I tell my brother I love him so.

I tell my brother God is with him.

I tell my soldier it is okay if he is called to go…


k.Lynel (2003)




In Memory …

I heard a veteran speak about his experience in service. He said the most dangerous weapon we have in our military arsenal is a pissed off, 19-year-old marine, with a gun. How true I thought. How very true.

We have many who serve in the military and are ready to give up their lives for our country. I met many of these young men and women while my brother was hospitalized at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. It was always the same statement, “I was ready to die for my country, I was not ready to be injured and returned home disabled, leaving behind my unit.”

What about these young men and women who fought for us? What are we willing to do for these injured soldiers? Not enough.

Twenty-two service men and women are killed daily by suicide. The site is addressing this issue and bringing this truth to the public. It is time to stop this senseless loss of our nation’s soldiers. These men and women served us! Is it too much to ask that we now provide service to them? We are losing our veterans. We are losing our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. Twenty-two a day are killed by suicide.

This Memorial Day is to honor the fallen. This is a time to remember we have men and women who are constantly fighting to provide security for our nation. These soldiers fight to ensure all U.S. citizens have the freedom to pursue their inalienable liberties provided to us under the United States of America’s Constitution.

I say thank you for protecting me. Thank you for protecting my civil liberties. The loss you feel this Memorial Day will not be overlooked, I honor you.