I wrote a post on Saturday titled â€œSomeone More Important than Michael Jackson Diedâ€ which has turned into an extremely popular posting based on the website traffic I am seeing. I have had many family and friends of Brian Bradshaw leave comments to that posting for which I am humbled and grateful.
I did not know Brian and for that I am sorry. But I wrote that he was someone more important because of the sacrifice he had made. Of course it is not just Brian, but every single American that has laid their life down in sacrifice to this country. It just happened that Brian left this earth on the same day as Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.
I didnâ€™t know Brian but through the comments on that blog post I have gotten to know him better. One of those comments was from Brianâ€™s parents where they posted a quote from this mighty young man and warrior. I didnâ€™t want this very insightful quote to be lost so I am re-posting it here for all to see, because I think all of you need to. His words speak volumes and exemplifies the character of not only Brian but also thousands of Great Americans that are, have or are supporting those who serve this country every single day.
Service is the foundation of life. Without service, our lifeâ€™s have the same impact and meaning as a stick lying on the ground. No one remembers the sticks stepped on in the woods, but everyone remembers the flowers they see and smell in the meadow. If we serve and work throughout our life we will be like the flower that everyone remembers and always comes back. In our memory many more, especially those that we touched during our life will carry on the legacy of service, thus we had a positive impact on others and life had meaning. The whole meaning of life is to pass on to others that which we value most and what I value is service and throughout the rest of my life I will serve the community of my brethren to the best of my ability.â€ Brian Bradshaw 2002