“The U.S. Army has provided me such a wonderful opportunity to realize my dreams to go to college and see parts of the world that I had only read about in schoolbooks. I’ve been to countries that many only dream about. Walked the streets of Europe: Paris, Greece, Spain, Germany, England, Italy, Czech Republic. I’ve seen Asia, South America, and, of course, the Middle East. . . . As you know I’ve been raised in the Church and have always had a love, reverence, and fascination for God. I am blessed to be saved by His grace, and so I know that I am going up yonder to be with my Lord. Please tell those who remain not to grieve too much but to have a big party and celebrate. . . . My only regret is that I have never found that special one to grow old with and watch the sunset with.” — US Army Major Alan G. Rogers.Â KilledÂ in actionÂ – Jan. 27, 2008.
I am posting this after just reading a lengthy story about Major Rogers in the August 4 edition of The New Yorker.Â It is a very moving piece and I’mÂ thrilled that the reporter, Ben McGrath, took the time to learn all of the aspects of Major Rogers’ life, friends and personal struggles.Â
I was made aware of Rogers’ sexual orientation shortly after his death and I struggled how to report on it at the time.Â I think it is much more appropriate that McGrath’s profile puts some time between Rogers’ death.Â Most importantly,Â the articleÂ doesn’t just focus on one aspect of what made Major Rogers a special man.
The words I have quoted at the topÂ are Rogers’ own from an unfinished letter he was writing to the executor of his will.
I urge you to read the entire article.Â Rogers was a very complex man who served this country honorably and was by all definition a true American hero and patriot.
Also, please stop by his remembrance page at the Washington Post’s Legacy.com site.Â If you have any doubt how this man impacted those he knew, and those of us he protected, just read the tributes to him.
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