I've had a bracelet on my wrist for the better part of four years now (everyone in my old unit can attest to this). It's a hero bracelet. The kind stamped with a name, a service, and date of death. It's a black bracelet.
I never knew him. I bought it because a large portion of the proceeds go to Veterans Groups, and I liked that. I also bought it because people forget. They forget what we do. They forget the sacrifices we make. They forget we do this for the men to our left and right. I didn't want to forget.
Starring at it yesterday, I thought I'd do a bit of research. I know it's a bit belated given the date on the bracelet, but I thought it prudent nonetheless. This is what I found.
Semper Fidelis - You are not forgotten