Thursday, May 31, 2012

We Never Like These Posts

With a mixture of sadness and gratitude, we have to report the loss of a Virginia son in Afghanistan.

His Dad, retired 1Sgt Aaron Ozbat, wrote this in the email notification he sent out this morning:

"Captain Jesse Aaron Ozbat, who is from Prince George County, was killed in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with an IED. CPT Ozbat was killed in Afghanistan on 20 May 2012. Words can not describe all the emotions our family feels. He was a Man of Honor and Integrity. He was 28 years old. He graduated from Prince George High School in 2002 and from Virginia State University in 2006. He was the kind of Man you would want your daughter to marry."

We share your grief and sorrow, Top. We are lucky we have such men willing to stand the fence line and be the sheepdogs guarding the flock. Your loss is our loss.

Readers and friends,
I know this is short notice, but if you could find time in your day on Saturday to help us line the route between the Memorial Chapel on Fort Lee to Blandford Cemetery where Jesse will be laid to rest, it would show his family that his death did not go unnoticed and that his sacrifice - and theirs - is appreciated.

You will only need to be in place until the procession passes. The route will start at Memorial Chapel on Fort Lee at approximately 11:00 a.m. (Funeral is at 10:00 for anyone who would like to attend)

It will proceed through Fort Lee exiting through the Mahone Gate on Hickory Hill Road. From Hickory Hill Rd, it will turn right onto Route 460 West

From 460 West the route will bear right onto Winfield Road Stay straight on Winfield until the stop sign

Turn right at Crater Road Follow to Blandford Cemetery on the right

You may gather at any of these locations to show your support. If you wish to attend the service, the Memorial Chapel is located at 1901 Sisisky Blvd on Fort Lee. Please be prepared to show ID at the gate.

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