“Sometime back I received in the name of our country the bodies of four marines who had died while on active duty. I said then that there is a special sadness that accompanies the death of a serviceman, for we’re never quite good enough to them — not really; we can’t be, because what they gave us is beyond our powers to repay. And so, when a serviceman dies, it’s a tear in the fabric, a break in the whole, and all we can do is remember. …
“… But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us. And all we can do is remember.” — President Ronald Reagan, Nov. 11, 1985.
On Thursday morning, a man went on a shooting spree at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He killed four U.S. Marines before he was killed, presumably by police, though that had not been released at the time this was written. A sailor from Paulding died a few days later.
A city employee, and special police officer, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was named as the shooter.
While we are still in the early stages of the investigation there are two observations that need to be made.