Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters...

At my son's scout camp (at which I was lucky enough to attend...) we had a flag. That's not unusual for a scout troop to have a posted flag at camp. This flag was purchased from an event honoring fallen US soldiers and those who died on 9-11. 

One of the leaders went to that event honoring those who passed. After the service the public was given the opportunity to buy the flags. Each flag had a yellow ribbon on it with the name of one of these people. The leader picked up a flag and donated it to the troop. The name on the flag is Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters.

Sgt. Walters grew up in Colorado, but moved to Oregon as a teenager. According to the Military Times website honoring Sgt. Walters, he had a premonition that he would not be returning from his assignment. He was a father and soldier and he died in an Iraqi prison. Of course, a site can't even come close to describing the man he must have been.

I read the name at camp and his name was just that...a name. Not any more. I hope some of those scouts take the time to learn at least a little bit about Sgt. Walters because they should. He deserves at least that much. Thank you Sgt. Walker for giving all.

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