Defense Secretary Jim Mattis observed Veteran’s day by visiting the plots of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The former general shied away from cameras and wandered through a small, out-of-way plot intended for those who’ve died recently.
Army veteran David Brown stumbled upon Mattis during one of his secluded strolls. The Facebook post that Brown made regarding the encounter has already gone viral.
“Section 60 is a newer plot of Arlington National Cemetery, where most of the recent American casualties of war are laid to rest. I visit this plot because two men I knew were buried here, about eight rows apart. One of those men hardened me into a soldier; the other helped soften me into a leader,” Brown wrote.
“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 recently fallen.
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.”
Mattis is a hero. He’s a prominent member of an administration that’s constantly under attack by the mainstream media, yet he’s never found himself embroiled in a scandal. He’s the type of soldier that Veteran’s Day was made for.
Respect for the military flagged while Barack Obama was in office. President Trump’s infectious patriotism reminded people that the U.S. is the best country in the world. That wouldn’t be true without our military.
(Source: Daily Caller)