24, of South Portland, Maine; assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died March 25 in Baqubah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Also killed were Cpl. Jason Nunez, Pfc. Orlando E. Gonzalez and Pfc. Anthony J. White.
Here is a living memorial testimonial to Army Sgt. Jason Swiger:
TMCV reminds our readers that The Summit Project, the families of the fallen, and the hikers providing these living memorials are not associated with The Maine Conservative Voice in any way and do not necessarily endorse, condone, or validate the views, opinions, and agenda regularly expressed by TMCV on this web blog. Warrior Wednesday is simply an opportunity, once a week, to honor Maine’s fallen heroes free from political intrigue and strife. The Summit Project does not identify with a political party or idealogical persuasion. TSP reveals the character of Maine, a character of service, sacrifice, duty, and Patriotism. Please support The Summit Project and all they do for Maine’s fallen heroes.
As many of you noted, I recently went on a snowshoe hike with my two boys not long ago. This was my introduction to The Summit Project. The hikes are what they call a living memorial, as hikers carry memorial stones up mountains in honor of Maine’s fallen heroes. Hikers then write testimonials of their experiences leading up to and during the hike to honor the fallen.
I will be sharing one testimonial each week on Wednesday from The Summit Project. It’s important to emphasize that none of these hikers and testimonials have any affiliation or are endorsing The Maine Conservative Voice in any way. It is my hope that once a week we take a brief respite from the ideological battles and honor those who have given their all so we can do what we do. So please be looking for Warrior Wednesday and share it with your friends as a way to honor Maine’s bravest.
Just saw a great article by Ashley Conti in Bangor Daily News on The Summit Project hike. Ashley hiked with us to the peak of Borestone to cover the hike for BDN. We were impressed with her hiking abilities. It was obvious that she had done this a few times more than most us. What impressed all of us the most, though, was her willingness to help out one of our hikers who could not finish the hike because of injury by carrying the memorial stone to the top. She didn’t have to but she willingly offered and it really meant a lot to all of us.
I know I tend to grab an issue and run with it. I typically apologize and….actually…..no, I don’t. So don’t expect me to now. If you look at the video footage Ashley has taken of the Borestone hike you will understand why so many people are so excited about The Summit Project and why you should be too. Read her piece here.
(Maine Heroes Are Never Forgotten)