“Semper Fi” (short for “Semper Fidelis”) is the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps. It means “always loyal; always faithful.” It also defines our lost loved one, Torey Kracht.
Torey was an American hero. When most college graduates his age were contemplating how to buy a new car, Torey gave selflessly of himself by joining the Marines.
In answering the call to service, Torey was deployed in the Middle East. There, he learned about the camaraderie of serving among a “band of brothers.” He also observed first-hand many of the ravages of war. Men like Torey make personal sacrifices so that others of us may be free.
Unfortunately, for too many of our honored veterans, the return home did not erase the memories of the battlefield, which can be haunting.
In Torey’s memory, we ask for your respect and compassion for those military veterans and public safety officers who serve us, so that we may be free.