Michelle Malkin

Donald E. Fisher II, 21, of Avon, Mass. An Army corporal from a large military family, he was one of two soldiers killed Nov. 11 when their convoy vehicle was involved in an accident in the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraq. "Even as a young child growing up in Brockton, patriotism surged through Donald E. Fisher II," wrote the Boston Globe. "'We're talking about a kid who, as a kid, cried because someone stole the flag off our flagpole,' Donald Fisher of Tacoma, Wash., said of his son. 'He was very committed.'"

James E. Estep, 26, of Leesburg, Fla. An Army staff sergeant and father of three, he was among four soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated last week near their Humvee in Taji, Iraq, north of Baghdad. "He loved the military," said his brother, Michael. "He loved doing his job." His sister, Becky Buskill, added: "He died for a cause he believed in."

Can we bow our heads in union for one day and give thanks for our men and women who choose to fight, refuse to lose, and believe in their mission? Can we do it without distorting their legacies and pandering to anti-American elites worldwide and using their deaths to embarrass and undermine our commander in chief?

This is my prayer and the start of our new family tradition. In small gestures, deep-rooted gratitude grows.

(Find names and stories of those who have died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom at Honor the Fallen: http://www.militarycity.com/valor/honor.html).


Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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