Dear Sgt. Grit,
I never served my country in the military but I, like millions of other Americans, deeply respect the sacrifices that our military men and women have made defending the United States; especially the Marines. I wanted to do something to show that respect.
I made the "Enduring Freedom Marine Memorial" to honor the 33 Arizona Marines that have paid the ultimate price in defending our liberty. The memorial lists each Marine lost in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2003. It is an "enduring" memorial because, unfortunately, the lower panel is detachable so that other names may be added as difficult circumstances require. This will continue until our troops finally come home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The tribute is made of solid Corain with the names laser engraved on each panel. The Field Cross (which was ordered from your company) is an appropriate, and beautiful, addition to honor all of these brave soldiers. This memorial is available for any of the 22 Arizona Marine Corps League Detachments to display at an appropriate event of their choosing.
The names on the memorial are not just "names"; they were real men, fathers, sons, brothers. They were Marines. I never want for any of them to be forgotten.
"Just An American"