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    Saluting the 3rd ACR

    From news article:

    Via email from a family member, a letter from the Mayor of Tall 'Afar, Iraq to the men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and their families.

    In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful

    To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.

    To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.

    To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.

    Our city was the main base of operations for Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen. Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city. Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young. This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them the courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi’s followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them.

    I have met many soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not only courageous men and women, but avenging angels sent by The God Himself to fight the evil of terrorism.

    The leaders of this Regiment; COL McMaster, COL Armstrong, LTC Hickey, LTC Gibson, and LTC Reilly embody courage, strength, vision and wisdom. Officers and soldiers alike bristle with the confidence and character of knights in a bygone era. The mission they have accomplished, by means of a unique military operation, stands among the finest military feats to date in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and truly deserves to be studied in military science. This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy. With the skill and precision of surgeons they dealt with the terrorist cancers in the city without causing unnecessary damage.

    God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

    Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.

    Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Ninewa, Iraq

    Members of the Regiment are now returning home to Ft Carson, Colorado.


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    They Didn't Die In Vain

    Half a world away, a contingent of brave young men and women are risking their lives to preserve America’s freedom, liberty and safety.

    They are the men and women of the United States military and in their service to Operation Iraqi Freedom they regularly come under attack from terrorist combatants who are intent upon undermining America’s fight against terrorism.

    Some times the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces sacrifice their lives in this mission, and the mothers and fathers they leave behind here in the U.S. are known as Gold Star moms and dads.

    These parents know their children did not die in vain, they know that their children stand as heroes who helped secure a future for generations to come that will not include the threat of terrorist attacks like we saw on September 11th, 2001.

    You can imagine how painful it is for these Gold Star mothers and fathers to endure the constant negativity from the news media about the war in Iraq and the efforts by some in this country to undermine the mission that our troops are serving.

    Well, these Gold Star families wish to be silent no longer. They wish to go to Iraq to send a message to the people of this nation – and to the leaders of nations around the world: Their children did not die in vain. Their children gave their lives for a heroic and just cause that will help to spread a wave of peace and security throughout the Middle East for generations to come.

    Move America Forward – the nation’s largest pro-troop grassroots organization is organizing a trip to take these Gold Star families to Iraq.

    Help these Gold Star parents make this voyage to Iraq. Help them go thank those who still serve on the front lines today for helping to make sure the mission in Iraq is completed. Help them to see first hand the new Iraq that is rising up from the ashes of that brutal despotic regime of Saddam Hussein.

    Many, if not most of these military families are in no position financially to afford a trip like this.

    That's where Move America Forward comes in.

    We are undertaking a fund-raising drive to off-set the costs of travelling to Iraq, so that the Gold Star Mom's and Dad's can see for themselves and report to the rest of the country what incredible sacrifices have been made in the name of freedom for the Iraqi people, and by extension, keeping America safe from another terrorist attack.
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