Never Forgotten – And Thank You …

Christopher Celiz is the most recent to die in Afghanistan. Too young, as were many before him. Success they say is a more stable Afghanistan, but when will Afghanistan be ready to fight on their own? 3,550 Casualties total, with these the most recent.

7/7/18 Maciel, Joseph, Corporal, Age 20, Hostile small arms fire/green on blue
4/30/18 Conde, Gabriel D. Specialist, Age 22 Hostile small arms fire
1/1/18 Golin, Mihail Sergeant 1st Class, Age 34, Hostile fire
We are fighting a war in Afghanistan to keep the terrorist from entering the United States to the degree that we are fighting to keep them where we fight.  Every time I see a story of a solider killed in combat, wounded in combat and trying to regain some sense of a normal life when he or she can no longer remain in the military my heart just loses a little of itself for the compassion

I feel for the family and loved ones left behind, and wondering where Our United States in which I live and my grandchildren will grow up in will be in 20 years.

I may not be here to see it, but this is my country.  I want every military man or woman, veteran who may read this throughout that I may not know you, but I pray everyday for your protection, our country’s protection “One Nation Under God”, and say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Please know that you matter greatly.

Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.


  1. We must always remember and thank those who have sacrificed themselves to guarantee freedom.
    I would like all young people to visit, for example, the Montecassino or Neptune war cemetery in Italy to reflect how much the conquest of freedom can cost in human lives.