Quote of the Day

“I would just like to say thank you. I am extremely honored to be here with all of the heroes throughout our great country. Jason did truly inspire me to join the Air Force. It’s for him that I joined, but it is for all of you that I continue to serve. Thank you.”

-Staff Sergeant Jared Marquis while accepting the Paul Ray Smith Award at the American Veterans Center’s 2008 Awards Banquet on behalf of his late brother-in-law Senior Airman Jason Cunningham. Cunningham was killed in Afghanistan by al-Qaeda fighters on March 4, 2002. He is credited with saving the lives of ten fellow soldiers before he lost his own in the fight. Sgt. Marquis joined the Air Force after Cunningham’s death in his honor.

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