By Scott Kirwin
As far as I’m concerned secular America has a single holy day, and it’s today. While the day has devolved into a day off to swim, shop or barbecue I think it’s important to remember and give thanks to those who gave everything so that we would be free.
Today I’d like to thank John Francis Kanaczet Jr from Providence Rhode Island.
According to his memorial page, “John was the son of Evelyn Ferreira of Providence and stepson of Joseph P. Ferreira and the son of John F. Kanaczet Sr. also of Providence RI. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps on October 16 1967 in Providence RI. With orders for duty in Vietnam he arrived in DaNang on March 26, 1968 and was assigned to Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF.
While in their ambush position northwest of Duyen Son hamlet the men observed an enemy force moving along a trail west towards the foothills and opened fire. Gun fire was returned by the VC wounding one Marine and mortally wounding LCpl Kanaczet while quickly withdrawing into the night.”
He was 19 years old. Today he would be 67. He had no brothers or sisters and his father passed away the following year, living just long enough to experience the True Hell of burying a child. His mother passed away in 2001.
Today isn’t about shopping, swimming or barbecues. It’s not about the living but about the dead, those who gave everything in the name of Freedom for us. It’s about young men like John Francis Kanaczet Jr.
Thank you John F. Kanaczet Jr. Thank you.