Army veteran David Brown visited his fallen military friends at Arlington National Cemetery.
Brown noticed one man standing alone and decided to talk to him.
He was surprised to see who that lonely gentleman was.
Brown described his friend as “one of whom hardened me into a soldier,” and he explained that the second one “helped soften me into a leader.” When Brown started walking towards the man, he noticed something familiar.
It was U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis, who is currently serving as the Secretary of Defense for our president, Donald Trump. Even Brown was quite surprised by his visit, he understood that he has many reasons to be there.
On his Facebook profile, Brown wrote: “This morning, I visited a quiet, out-of-the-way plot of Arlington National Cemetery known as Section 60. Being Veterans Day, the Cemetery was packed with tourists and volunteers, school children and general well-wishers. The crowds at Arlington’s main gate jostled shoulder-to-shoulder to see the Tomb of the Unknowns, or visit Kennedy’s Eternal Flame. Some had arms full of flags to plant, row by row, stone by stone.”
Regarding his encounter with James Mattis, he wrote: “While visiting their graves, I met a lone man walking the stones at Section 60. Far away from cameras and fanfare, Defense Secretary James Mattis spent his Veterans Day with the recent fallen. I watched him listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.”
This morning, I visited a quiet, out-of-the-way plot of Arlington National Cemetery known as Section 60. Being Veterans…
Apparently, Brown admires James thinking of him as a “living legend” who “transcends politics and ideology.”
After his contact with the secretary of defense, IJR conducted an interview with him and he explained that mostly he listened instead of giving speeches. Also, the general spoke with everybody “like an old friend.”
Brown stated: “He was just as comfortable talking to an Army major in dress blues as he was a service member’s child, and the ability to transition seamlessly from one particular type of loss to another is something I’ve never seen in anyone else, military or otherwise.”
Furthermore, he explained: “I think it’s important that the boots on the ground feel like there’s someone at the top who has their backs. I’ve always heard that a leader can serve the people above him or the people below him, but rarely can he do both at once. I think every individual service member knows that General Mattis is looking out for them first.”
It isn’t a surprise that Brown admired James Mattis, his leadership is strong and effective. President Donald Trump made a good decision when he chose Mattis to serve as his Secretary of Defense.
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