up until a few years ago memorial day was a nice holiday. a time to take a three day weekend, enjoy the sunshine in the early summer, and give a few thoughts to those men and women who have died in defense of this country.

that all changed for me in september 2004 when my friend 1LT Tyler Hall Brown was killed in action in Iraq while fighting to make the world a better place.

Tyler and I were in school together from elementary school all the way through college at Georgia Tech. we weren’t super close friends, even in college. Tyler was the kind of guy that knew everyone’s name and genuinely cared about every person he met. he was class president in high school and SGA president at Tech. i think we would have made a fine president of this country someday.

Tyler was awarded the bronze star for actions that saved the lives of his soldiers. he was buried on september 28, 2004 at Arlington National Cemetery. kristy and I were honored to be in attendance.

i turned 30 today. tyler would have turned 30 this coming tuesday.

memorial day means a lot more to me now.

1LT Tyler Brown
1LT Tyler Hall Brown

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