This past Veteran’s Day, we all took time in our individual lives to give thanks to a veteran in our own lives, who sacrificed more than we could imagine preserving our freedom. It is a somber day for all of us; a time of reflection and thanksgiving.
Army veteran David Brown decided to visit Arlington National Cemetery to see a quiet plot of land that is somewhat secluded from the rest of the cemetery, known as Section 60.
Section 60 is a newer plot that is the final home for some of the more recent casualties of American soldiers. David Brown knew about this because he had two friends who were laid to rest here, and so he went to visit them this Veteran’s Day. As Brown describes, this section is far away from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or JFK’s Eternal Flame. It is secluded, and not many people visit it unless they know people buried there.
As Brown walked through Section 60, he noticed a man walking around the land by himself, occasionally speaking to a family or so, but it was apparent that he was not there for one particular grave.
That man was US Defense Secretary James Mattis.
General Mattis walked the rows of the recently departed soldiers and met with families throughout Section 60. As he walked through the rows of graves, Mattis would run into families who were shocked to see a figure as high as General Mattis by himself walking through the cemetery.
David Brown was also taken back to see Mattis there.
“I watched him listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.I watched him listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.” Brown said via social media post.
As Brown also says in the post, James Mattis’ stature is one that transcends politics. No matter what may be happening around him, Mattis takes time to pay respects to our servicemen and women.
Once again, General Mattis shows why he is one of the most widely-respected citizens in America, and rightfully so.