Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Constant memories of family gatherings and good times spent at the beach house run through my mind. I catch myself tearing up before bed while I lay awake thinking of you. I remember praying for you while you we're in Afghanistan, hoping to keep you safe. I understand your in a better place now I just wish I could hug you one last time.
I remember having some wonderful conversations with Ben during computer classes. He was always so personable, kind, and polite. His love of family, soccer, computers, and conversation was readily apparent. I think of him with a smile...
You taught me to play the guitar and that "should" is a dangerous word. And many other lessons that are dear to me. You were certainly a teacher at your core and there are fewer better things a person can hope to be. I am sad that you are gone but happy to have known you. Thank you for your life, Ben.
The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign ofrecognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to SGT Benjamin Kenneth Smith our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Ben. And to Ben it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during Operations Enduring Freedom while deployed with the U.S. Army. Ben, you are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Ben's family and loved ones.
Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101