Today marks the four year anniversary of my oldest and most respected cousin Michael P. Flores. He was killed in action on a rescue mission in Afghanistan on June 9, 2011 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
As a young child, Michael was someone that I looked up to for anything and everything. We spent a few summers in the small town of Agua Dulce, Texas with our grandparents. We stayed up late playing madden and wrestling. I was always second fiddle, and I didn’t mind one bit. He was the oldest, he was the strongest, the quickest in the pool on the field, the smartest, the most handsome, the YOUFILLINTHEBLANKANDHEWASIT adjective. Countless people are walking the Earth today because of his, and his compatriots, valiant efforts. They faced the most hostile conditions day in and day out rescuing people in danger. Their creed – “THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.”
Their helicopter, while in the AIR, was shot down by a SURFACE TO SURFACE missile. That gives you an idea of how close to danger these brave men faced every time they suited up.
His memory lives on with us day to day, frozen as a young 30-year old father of two, husband to a beautiful and caring mother, wonderful parents, brother and sister, loving grandmother, aunts and uncles, and countless cousins and family that span from the Middle East to Hawaii. We love you and will never forget your courage and selfless dedication for others.
To the family members of these brave individuals, our hearts and prayers are with you today and always.
Learn more about the foundation and how to make a donation DIRECTLY to the “That Others May Live” Foundation.
Michael’s family is actually part of the TOML-F Public Service Announcement.
Tribute Ceremony in Arizona Video here:
Some other brave men that lost their lives that day include 1st Lt Joel Gentz, and SSgt David Smith:
Senior Airmen Benjamin White
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