Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Carrying On

Monday while many of us enjoyed a respite from work and luxuriated in the glory that was the final day of the long President's Day holiday weekend, the De Oca family said farewell to one of their twenty-year-old twin sons. Both sons are United States Marines. Both were deployed in Afghanistan. On February 10, Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes De Oca, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in action. His twin brother Osmany and their older brother Sandro Moreta (who is all of 22 years of age) were among the United States Marines who formed the honor guard that carried their brother's casket into Queen of Peace Church in Mount Arlington for his funeral mass.

How much is one family to sacrifice in the name of service to this country? This one family in a little town in northern New Jersey has already given more than its share. Yet, it has another son, Osmany, who shall likely soon return to a situation as tenuous as the one that confronted his twin brother. Hopefully, by the time Sandro is ready to be deployed we will not have a war zone anywhere in the world to which to deploy him.

When a family known and loved by those in its community suffers a loss, those in the community do what they can to ease their pain. This week, the good folks of North Arlington did all they could do to salve the wound the De Oca family sustained. It takes a special type of person to come to the assistance of his neighbor in the latter's time of need. This week, the people of North Arlington used their collective grief as a bond to protect the De Oco family and to remind them that while their beautiful boy is gone, he is not now and shall never be forgotten. And they, they are not now and never shall be alone.

There are no more words to write
The Hero is now gone.
We gotta pull together, stand and fight,
For we must carry on....

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