Although I didn't know him, I felt compelled to pay my respects to Sgt. RC Blystone who was killed in action serving his third tour in Iraq on April 26, 2008. RC was warmly remembered today as a soldier who was a decorated combat veteran, receiving two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart who gave his life defending the freedoms he loved. He was remembered as loving husband, father and patriot. As Sgt. Ennis bugled under a deep blue sky, only the sound of the flags held by the Patriot Guard Riders cracking in the wind could be heard over the lonesome sound of Taps. It was very moving and serves as a reminder of the true cost of the freedoms that we enjoy.