Veterans Day is a time for America to recognize those who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Doing just that, one Army veteran decided to go to Arlington Cemetery in Virginia to pay his respects to those who gave their lives for our freedoms. When he arrived, he spotted a man standing alone, but as he got a closer look, he was stunned to see who it was, and the realization proves what it means to truly “serve America.”
Veteran U.S. Army Sgt. David Brown headed out to Arlington Cemetary to pay his respects on Veterans Day. Instead of heading straight towards the crowds at President John F. Kennedy’s Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he went to Section 60, where recently fallen service members are buried.
“It wasn’t at all crowded,” Brown told IJ Review. “There were maybe a dozen visitors scattered throughout the section, each keeping to themselves near their loved ones’ markers.” While he was there paying his respects to two of his fallen friends, he spotted a “lone man” off in the distance. Of course, as time went on, he slowly made his way towards the man and was left stunned when he realized who he was — retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, our current Secretary of Defense.
“While visiting their graves, I met a lone man walking the stones at Section 60. Far away from cameras and fanfare, Defense Secretary James Mattis spent his Veterans Day with the recent fallen,” Brown explained in his Facebook post. “I watched him listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.”
After listening in on the old man conversation with Mattis, Brown decided to approach the general when they were finished. He expressed that it was an honor to meet him, explaining why he was there — for his fallen Army friends. “Mattis stopped me by putting a hand on my shoulder and said, ‘It’s important that we remember everyone, however, we knew them,’” Brown said.
Brown explained that he was actually surprised to see Mattis at Section 60 on Veterans Day. However, upon reflecting on the day’s events, he said, “I can’t imagine anywhere else he’d be on Veterans Day.” Added to that, he was absolutely stunned with how Mattis conversed with everyone “like an old friend.” In fact, he relayed that from all the conversations with Mattis that he overhead that day, he learned one thing — he chose to listen instead of talk.
“He was just as comfortable talking to an Army major in dress blues as he was a service member’s child, and the ability to transition seamlessly from one particular type of loss to another is something I’ve never seen in anyone else, military or otherwise,” he admitted. In fact, in his Facebook post, he boldly stated, “James Mattis is one of those living legends who transcends politics and ideology. His job is his life, and that job is the welfare of this country and its servicemembers. This Veterans Day, I send a special thanks to James Mattis, for not taking today off.”
Although the mainstream media would like you to think that President Donald Trump and his administration are horrible people, that’s simply not the case, and it’s instances like this which prove otherwise. It’s time the American people speak up and share stories that spread the word about our Commander-in-Chief and his administration because they truly are remarkable people and are doing whatever they can to do to “make America great again.”
Kudos for Mad Dog Mattis for having his priorities straight this Veterans Day. I can’t think of a better Secretary of Defense.