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In Memoriam

As we reflect on the times that have brought us together to commemorate and memorialize those who have fallen, remember that they gave their lives to protect and ensure our freedom now and forever. They fought for a noble cause. They stood to defend ever vigilant. They made the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”
  — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Spc. Stephan L. Mace
Stephan at COP Keating, Afghanistan

Hero: Spc. Stephan L. Mace

Date of Birth: 4/11/1988
Date of Death: 10/3/2009

Spc. Stephan L. Mace was a soldier in Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He was killed October 3, 2009 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan when his combat outpost was attacked by enemy insurgents. His final resting place is Arlington National Cemetery.

Stephan, of Purcellville, VA, a fun, active boy growing up, he possessed a love for dirt biking from an early age. It was nothing for him even at the age of 8 to go out and do a 40 mile ride. Sports of any kind kept him moving, basketball, football, it didn’t matter, he was passionate about sports. Stephan worked for a vet clinic and through the owners, he traveled several times to Africa. His other passions were history and his country. Deciding to enlist in the military, he obtained a G.E.D. so he could enlist. He entered the Army on January 17, 2008. This was his first deployment. He deployed on May 22, 2009.

A Special Message:
I am the mother of Stephan Mace, who was KIA at COP Keating on 10/3 along with 7 of his brothers.

My son was so proud that I was just about to complete my degree in Veterinary Technology and was planning on taking my boards in 1/10. As soon as I complete that task, I will be working on making sure our military is taken care of by its citizens. I escorted my baby home from Dover and landed at a local hometown airport in Leesburg, Va. When we arrived home, there were hundreds upon hundreds of people who came out to welcome him home. Along the nine mile route hundreds of people were holding flags and signs for my son. Every time somebody talks to me, one of my family members or friends, we remind them that they had the right to stand on the road with their flags for one reason and one reason only. Our military. I am hoping that my fight too will open the eyes of this country and cause them to start supporting the soldiers.

Thank you,
Vanessa Adelson