My heart and mind are heavy with all the talk about the two Orange County Marines that were killed in Afghanistan on March 24. The first Sgt. Major Robert Cottle, a LAPD officer and a 27 year veteran of the Marine Corp. The other was Lance Cpl. Rick Centanni, the 19 year old son of a Santa Ana Police Officer.
I would typically tell you how much I hate how many of our troops are still deployed but, that’s not what I want to tell you.
I want to tell you that Sgt. Major Cottle was welcomed home by over 200 police officers and fellow Marines. I want to tell you that Lance Cpl. Centanni should have been at his 20th birthday celebration on Saturday with his friends and family and not at his funeral on Tuesday. I want to tell you that there were over one thousand people at the funerals for both of these men. I want to tell you that thousands of Orange County residents lined the streets and waved American flags in honor of these men. I want to tell you that the motorcade that escorted Lance Cpl. Centanni to his final resting place was four miles long.
I didnt know either of these men but I’m touched by their story. I’m touched by the out pouring of support for their families by our community and I’m honored that they both gave their life for us…for me…so I could be free and do whatever I want.
I want to tell you that I didnt know either of these men but none the less I’m sad.