This is for my friend, John Priestner, THANK YOU. Thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice. We should thank and remember everyday but especially this weekend. To you, John and all who paid the ultimate price, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

John, you made me laugh everyday.  Whether it was getting busted with firecrackers on "our" senior trip at 6 Flags (I'm glad my Dad was with us and not yours.)  Spending countless hours at each other's house.

Skipping school to go crow hunting in the back of the yellow truck (why walk, when you can just shoot out of the truck bed) before the Ozzy concert, I think the Statute of Limitations is up for that.

For the scar behind my ear that makes me think of you whenever I see it.....OK, you're not directly responsible for that one. However I had to go to the store before I could go to your house. I was hurrying and didn't see the hot water on the counter. The hot water that ended up going on the back of my head when I was reaching down.

Being a part of your wedding to Teresa.  Finally, and sadly, speaking at your memorial, it was an honor to be asked by your family.

He was married with kids when he decided to rejoin the services and was deployed to Iraq and gave his life during Iraqi Freedom. He paid the ultimate price so that we enjoy the life that we live today.

To read about him, go here. I have a B-Sens jersey that has his last name on it and I wear it with pride.

THANK YOU for being a friend and THANK YOU for what you've done for our country. This weekend, take a moment to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

God Bless You, John Priestner.

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