Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thanks for the memories

Thank you to the more than 50 women who shared memories of their veteran and active duty loved ones this past Memorial Day weekend. As Alibeee said, "I'm sure every family has a story to share." I'm glad we could stand together in memory of those who served their countries.

I'd like to announce and congratulate the winner of the Chevron Collection: Nicki from Austin, TX. Nicki shared this memory:

I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when you asked us to remember someone dear to us who was in service.

The answer was both easy and terribly painful for me: Sgt. Scott Lange Kirkpatrick, a young man who was a gifted writer and a renaissance thinker. I was a friend and mentor to him for six years in the DC Poetry Slam ... I met him when he was sixteen. Scott was caring, smart, funny, satirical, sharp and compassionate all at the same time.

I miss him EVERY DAY. If you ever visit Arlington National Cemetery, please visit Scott's grave, and whisper a thank-you to this valiant young man with a courageous heart and a poet's eye.
Nicki's memory truly touched me. Like Scott, I grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs. He's my neighbor. Or was. I wish I'd known him. offers a wonderful biographical portrait of Sgt. Kirkpatrick. He sounds like a regular guy, except that he was both a poet and a soldier whose life suddenly and tragically in Baghdad. He was only 26 years old.
Sometime on Saturday morning, August 11, 2007, Kirkpatrick and his squad were out on patrol in an abandoned building on the outskirts of their sector in Arab Jabour. Private First Class William L. Edwards, a 23-year-old from Houston, Texas, stayed behind in the Bradley that had transported them there. At some point, Edwards opened the hatch and was hit by a sniper’s bullet. As the sniper darted into a nearby house, Scott and three other ranking soldiers pursued him into the building. Inside, one of the soldiers stepped onto a pressure plate rigged to 30 pounds of explosives stashed under a stairwell. In an instant, all four young men were dead. Edwards died later in an Army hospital.

Sgt. Kirkpatrick in Arab Jabour, Iraq
Sgt. Kirkpatrick was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a Maryland State Patriot Medal. Let us all hold the Sargeant and his family in our hearts today and pray for the safe return of all of our soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and indeed throughout the world.


  1. What a beautiful portrait of a young man. A regular guy who was also a poet. Love that.

  2. Beautiful tribute!

  3. I stumbled on your blog, and I have to say...thank you. Scott was a very, very dear friend of mine and the more people that know about him, the better. Thank you.