The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Cpl. Gerrick James Watkins our Brother in Arms and his wife Shardeh. To their families it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Gerrick and Shardeh. To Gerrick this salute is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for his service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. No greater love and patriotism is shown than a man lay down his life in service to his country. Gerrick, you are a brave Marine Warrior and a true Patriot. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace. Semper Fi! Shardeh, we commend you for being a loyal and faithful Marine wife who supported Gerrick's career as a Marine warrior. Rest in eternal 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 Gerrick's and Shadeh's families 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