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The Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti Hall Mission Simulation Center was dedicated Aug. 19 at Fort Sill.
Maj. Gen. David Halverson, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general; Janet and Paul Monti (Jared’s parents), and FCoE Command Sgt. Maj. Dwight Morrisey unveiled the plaque. Monti, 30, an artilleryman, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Sept. 17, 2009. Pvt. Shiloh Quimby, 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, also participated in the ceremony. Story, photos Page 5A.
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Today marks five years from one of the most dreadful days on a mountain top in Afghanistan any of us can recall. Taliban insurgents stole the life of a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a best friend and a comrade. They left a void in the heart of so many.
However, we will not allow them to steal Jared’s spirit, nor we will allow them to spread hatred. We will remember and celebrate Jared’s life. Not today, but everyday. Jared will be remembered and not just by his four namesakes and their families but, also by the lives that he has touched that he never even met.
There is no greater testament to the man that Jared was and the life that he lived than the children and families that he has helped from beyond. Jared I know that you are watching over your family and especially your new little niece Jocelyn. She’s beautiful isn’t she? She’s already loved so much.
I’m going to smile today! If I shed a tear it will be from happiness and not sadness. I’m not going to just remember your heroism but your generosity and humanitarianism. Because to know you is to love you. To know you never wondered what was right or wrong, you just knew. To know you is to laugh. So, I’m going to laugh. I’m going to remember Courtney pronounced COT-ney. Yeah, I know that’s what you said.
You are missed. You will never be forgotten.
Celebrate the Military Child
Mr. Monti and Jared use to go fishing under this bridge that crosses over the Taunton River on Route 44 near his home in Raynham. Now this very bridge bears his son’s name. The dedication ceremony was held on Sunday afternoon.
The Monti family received the Medal of Honor on Jared’s behalf at the White House in 2009. SFC Monti of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division was given the award for SAVING a fellow soldier’s life in Afghanistan while fighting insurgents on June 21, 2006, losing his own life in the process at age 30.
Mr. Monti wanted to make sure every veteran in the Bourne, Massachusetts National Cemetery had a flag. Regardless of the expense he made it happen. Help them out and make your donation today. www.cthemc.org/ffv $1 buys a flag. Help them raise the $56,000 that it costs to put the flags on each grave of all the veterans.