Glenn shared a photo of the bracelet he's been wearing since Christmas on Facebook this weekend. The bracelet once belonged to SGT Patrick Tainsh of the 5-15th Cavalry, who was mortally wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq on May 29th, 2012. SGT Tainsh was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his determination and heroism.
Glenn wanted to start the new year right by recognizing SGT Tainsh and others who have fought and died to protect our rights. The responses that poured in were inspiring.
Here is Glenn's original post:
I don't know if Patrick's mom is still a fan, but I met her years ago on the Christmas Sweater tour.
She asked me if I would wear her son's bracelet for a few days.
She told me his story.
I told her I would be honored to wear it. I wore it every day for a couple of years.
Patrick was an amazing patriot who turned his life around with the help of amazing parents. He was killed in action saving the lives of others. Any parent would be more than proud to call Patrick "son."
I just wanted Mrs. Tainsh to know that I still think of Patrick and I have been wearing his bracelet again since Christmas.
My kids are old enough now to ask, and remember who Patrick was and why I wear his name.
Let me start this new year out right. By thanking those who have fought and the families of those who died to protect my family and our right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
You are not forgotten.
Among the replies was a post from SGT Tainsh's commander Stacey Corn, who shared details of the heroic actions of Tainsh and others that fateful day.
I was SGT Tainsh's commander and he was my gunner. I was with him the night he died. What he did that night was heroic. There were many acts of heroism that night, A.C. Collette was the medic that exposed himself to enemy fire and moved under SGT Tainsh covering fire to render aid to PFC Ramirez who was mortally wounded. SGT Tainsh did not stop until he ran out of ammo even though he was mortally wounded. The very definition of a hero. This is the bracelet I wear every day. Thank you for remembering him and all that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Others who knew Tainsh added their own memories of the fallen warrior.
To complete the circle, Deborah Tainsh --- who gave Glenn the bracelet in the first place --- entered the conversation with her reply.
Glenn Beck I will always be a fan. Thank you for everything. My husband USMC Sgt Major retired David Tainsh passed away Dec 23 2014 from stage 4 lung and brain cancer attributed to agent orange. A highlight of his life was meeting you and having you wear Patrick's bracelet.
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