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View a eulogy for Mark Andess Garner, USMA '02, who passed away on July 6, 2009.

Mark Andess Garner

West Point, 2002

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Rick and Tina Wilson on July 9, 2009:

I can remember how upset I was three years ago when my son announced that he wanted to join the "Long Gray Line" and make the Army his career, because I knew that he was going to be "In Harms Way". Now that I am the proud parent of a new cadet in the Class of 2013, I totally support my son's ambition, because as a physician, I realize now that we can't really control our lives or those around us. We can be "Called Home" at any time whether we are driving down the Freeway in our Home Town or on a road in Afghanistan. The thing we can control is that we follow our passion and live our lives to the highest standards possible. I beleive Cpt Garner has done that.

I remember a 2nd year Cadet at the Air Force Academy that I knew, who was killed in a traffic accident. I am still frequently reminded throughout the years at how many lives she touched because of the things that she started and are still going strong in memory of her. In her twenty short years she has probably touched more lives than I have, not that God is keeping score.

I never knew Cpt Garner until today, but he has now touched our lives. He and others like him have led the way for people like my son, who God willing, will lead those that will follow behind him.

When someone had to "Toe the Line" Cpt Garner answered the call. You can ask no more of any man. Our hearts go out to he and his family as they have paid the greatest price for us and this great Country. I suspect Cpt Garner has left his mark on this world in ways that we haven't even realized yet.

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