May 25, 2009

Memorial Day not just a holiday for SoCal Athlete

Between barbeques, holiday parties and other festivities that many will likely partake on Memorial Day, hopefully, we all take a moment of reflection for those, who have bravely faced our foes, but have lost their lives. You can bet that one Southern California prospect and his family will. Two-sport standout Brando Tessar (6-1, 185, 4.42) from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, lost his uncle on Halloween, 2005 in Iraq.

Tessar's uncle, Jonathan Tessar, served this country valiantly for over 19 years and was getting ready for retirement, but he was compelled to go into harm's way one more time and be with his men.

Sgt. First Class Tessar was in command of 250 soldiers. He didn't have to ride in the lead vehicle, but this Green Beret, Ranger, paratrooper and a former tactical warfare instructor, who also served in Bosnia and in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, would have nothing to do with that. He was a leader and his lead vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, taking Tessar's life and three other of our brave soldiers.

Holiday's such as Memorial Day bring a more personal meaning Brando Tessar and his family.

"I remember what he did for this country and why, he did, what he did," Tessar said. "He served for a long time."

"The way he passed, he really wasn't supposed be in the lead vehicle, but it was really honorable," Tessar said. "So this day is for me, is to remember him, and thank him for what he did."

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