Memorial Day memories: Words on a bridge, a picture card

BRADENTON, Fla. _ The words are etched on marble and in my mind.

They’re on the veterans monument that stands sentinel on the Green Bridge in Bradenton, Fla. as thousands of motorists head northbound daily.

"Call Out Our Name As the Years Go By.

“Remember Us And We Shall Never Die.”

It’s uncanny how we get reminded like that.

Sometimes, it’s a small thing that catches you in moments of reflection.

Like a picture card for U.S. Marine Pfc. Christopher Cobb in his dress uniform. It had been left on the lighted table near the door of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church chapel on a Monday morning early last month.

It was the fifth anniversary of Cobb’s death.

A Bayshore High School graduate, he was killed in a firefight in Ramadi, Iraq on April 6, 2004.

Christopher Cobb was 19.

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