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2/4 Memorial Service Speech – Jerry Lara

By Jerry Lara

The key to Immortality is living a life worth remembering.

On January 31st Sgt William Stacey was immortalized. Will was our friend, hero idol but above all our brother. Any time you come to a new unit you always hear stories about certain marines. Stories that you had to have been there to believe. Well let me tell you everything ever said about Will was true. He was a true 2/4 legend. Everyone had either heard about or knew him. He was loved admired but above all respected by everyone. Read more…

Fallen Pendleton Marines honored, remembered

Marines place the helmets on the rifles at the memorials of five Marines from the Second Battalion, 4th Marines who were killed in Afghanistan, during a remembrance ceremony held Thursday morning on Camp Pendleton.

CAMP PENDLETON – Five battlefield crosses with photos of fallen warriors stood in front of two formations of Marines on a parade deck at Camp Pendleton.

The crosses – M-16 rifles adorned with the Marines’ combat boots, helmet and dog tags around them represented Marines and sailors from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines who died in Afghanistan.

The battlefield crosses were part of a remembrance ceremony Thursday that paid tribute to the fallen Marines, the families and friends. The event included formations of the 500 Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. The invocation was given by Lieutenant Commander Carl J. Stamper of the Navy. Taps and final Roll Call noting the missing Marines by calling their names and noting their absence with a single bell ended the nearly two-hour ceremony. Read more…

2/4 Memorial Service Speech – Edward Pricola

Written & Read By Edward Pricola

Sgt, William Stacey. Or Will for some of you that knew him well. I met Will about three and a half years ago when I first came to 2/4. I remember specifically because I had just come to the fleet and he had just got back from his first deployment in Afghanistan. I knew right away something about this guy had this confidence that I have yet to see in any other Marine I’ve met. Read more…

Post Arlington Remembrance of a True Hero

By Kurt Wagner

I’m still stunned from my trip to Washington, D.C. a week ago to attend Will’s burial. Seeing such a close friend and wonderful person laid to rest is heartbreakingly sad, but I know why Will wanted to be buried there. Will rests with a pantheon of American heroes from every conflict in American history at Arlington National Cemetery and it’s fitting, because Will Stacey is a true hero who showed me what Marine brotherhood is really all about.

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Sergeant William Stacey Tribute from Alex Kirkwood on Vimeo.

In Section 60, a silent search for meaning

By Dana Milbank

On a flawless spring morning, President Obama stood in the Rose Garden to urge against a hasty retreat from Afghanistan.

“We have a strategy that will allow us to responsibly wind down this war,” he said Tuesday, resisting the calls for a quick exit that were prompted by the slaying of Afghan civilians by a rogue U.S. soldier on Sunday. “Already we’re scheduled to remove 23,000 troops by the end of this summer, following the 10,000 that we withdrew last year.”

A few minutes after Obama spoke those words, I crossed the Potomac to visit with some of those who have already come home, under circumstances nobody wanted. After a decade of wars, more than 800 of them now rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Read more…

Words for Will: By Dane Bell

By Dane Bell and Read By Katie Bell

To most of us he wasn’t Will, he was “Stacey”. He was my friend, but in the Marines you gain a lot of “friends”, but you gain brothers as well. In many ways the brotherhood of Marines is more intimate than the relationship between husband and wife. We knew each others deepest fears and what the other considered most important in his life. Stacey and I didn’t know each other for long, but it didn’t take long to realize that we were both born of the same blood. The most important thing to him was to “live the good life, and fight the good fight”. To us those went hand in hand. We are uncomfortable without a gun in our hands, uncomfortable if we weren’t sleeping in the mud, or freezing our butts off. I know that even though he has moved on from this world, where ever he is he’s fighting the good fight. Read more…

Words for Will: by Kyle Kirkwood

By Kyle Kirkwood

Dear Will

I keep trying to write something that is powerful enough to represent the giant that you were. Ironically I spent all of my time in high school trying to follow in your footsteps. So instead of learning sentence structure and proper grammar in writing class I was trying to get a ride down to magnuson for the double keg or gaining entry to the infamous Will-A-Palooza by Cowan Park. So if my words fall short of brilliance, I have you to thank. Read more…

The Love of My Life

By Kimmy Kirkwood

My Dearest Willie Bean,

I find it hard to believe that this is the path where life is supposed to take me. It feels so wrong going down it without you walking next to me.  I know you will always be here, but it seems impossible to go on without your hand holding mine.

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Linda + Charlie Kirkwood: Words For Will

By Linda Kirkwood

My mom, who spoke to Kimmy almost daily especially during Will’s deployments, would like everyone to know that Will spent the last few years of his life doing everything he loved.  He filled his free time between deployments with unforgettable moments with his family, our family and many of his friends.  Some of that time was wild and crazy as we all know Will to be, but there was also lazy days at the beach with a book and a Frisbee, a hike in the woods or a trip to Disneyland with his family.  Read more…