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  AMERICAN HERO HONORS THE FALLEN
 
By: Jessica Dorgan, Iowa Park FFA
July 12, 2012

 
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Freedom does not come without great sacrifice. With 35 years of military service, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch witnessed this first hand. In his recognition of fallen heroes during the fourth general session of the Texas FFA State Convention, he remindes FFA members about those who have paid the ultimate price to keep our country safe and free.

Lt. Gen. Lynch is an army veteran and former three star commanding general of the third infantry division. During the recognition, he explained the lessons he has learned throughout his military career, and how he applied them to everyday life.

With over 30 months overseas experience in Iraq, Lynch has come to understand the true cost of freedom.

“I led over 25,000 men and saw over 900 become seriously injured,” Lynch says. He summed up the most honorable characteristics to be “choices, sacrifices and service.”

Lynch commends the FFA organization, explaining that his wife, Sarah, is a woman of “character, awareness and sacrifice.” He believes this is partially attributed to her time as a member of the FFA.

“Are you going to choose to be a giver or a taker?” challenges Lynch.


He stresses that just as the brave men and women of the military have chosen to serve and protect our way of life, we must choose to passionately serve others.

Lynch explains that his personal passion is serving wounded soldiers. He pursues this passion by working with Operation Finally Home, which was founded by Dan Wallrath. The operation, which is sponsored by Justin Boots, builds mortgage free homes for wounded warriors. Lynch explaines that he enjoys working in such an environment and that he is “honored to be in [the soldiers] presence.”

Lynch’s final request for FFA members was to “Remember the sacrifice of the American sons and daughters on the battlefield.” Humbled by his words of wisdom, all 2,000 seated in the American Bank Center were silenced as they shared a moment of prayer and reflection to honor the amazing choices, sacrifices and service of men and women in uniform.
 
 
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