Appropriate story for Memorial Day

May 26, 2011 1 Comment by

I received an email with the following message this week and wanted to share it here.

True Story…(2005)

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were.  A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall. 
   When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must Have stung quite a bit.  Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: 
Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? Any response would be appreciated. 
Regarding ‘A wake-up call from Luke’s jets’ On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m . ,  a perfectly timed four-ship flyby of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

The response: 

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer’s recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects. 

The letter writer asks, ‘Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr. 
USAF


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One Response to “Appropriate story for Memorial Day”

  1. Tim says:

    Great story. Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr. should be the grand marshall for the next Memorial Day Parade as an O-6. So sad how people just take democracy for granted. When one looks up and see’s a tight formation of disciplined aviators, feeling the vibration of a fourship going through their body, why can’t they think of FREEDOM and be proud to be an American instead of how the noise becomes an “inconvience” to them. It is a damn shamn! That guy probably works for the ALCU, immigration office and on welfare. Hope the boys from Luke or the Capt ‘s family find out who this guy is. Deserves a blanket party!!
    A salute to all who served and the ones who are serving today!

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