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Letter to Army veteran who died protecting two women on Portland train

Soldiers tend to the casket of Ricky Best at his burial service with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., Monday, June 5, 2017. Best was one of two men killed May 26 during an attack on a Portland light-rail train.
Soldiers tend to the casket of Ricky Best at his burial service with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., Monday, June 5, 2017. Best was one of two men killed May 26 during an attack on a Portland light-rail train. AP

You did good, very good. Down the annals of history, your example will stand as what true heroism and American values are.

Not only did you serve the Army, trying to protect your country, you died protecting the “enemy” and those who are discriminated against.

In this age of “me first,” what you did parallels the great sages who peered into the “beyond” and realized that the fabric of humanity is intricately woven and one cannot disparage one without tearing the whole.

Your dear family and all of us are grieving. In the long run, you gave the greatest gift: You fulfilled your life in the best way of humanity and have infused us all with courage and hope. Amen.

Carmen Fojo, Los Osos

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