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A Memorial Day Reflection on Legacy


At Monument, we often think about legacy, as do our clients. Given the Monument Team comes to work every day to solve our clients’ biggest problems, it is a daily thought.

When done correctly, good solid planning allows those who want to craft their legacy to do so. These legacies benefit charities and enrich families – meaningful things for sure.

But since we are coming off Memorial Day weekend, I want reflect on legacy in a different way.

The unplanned collective legacy created by those who made the ultimate sacrifice which we celebrate once a year as a nation.

I’m unfortunate to have lost many friends over 28 years in the Marines, yet fortunate that there have not been more. There were the training accidents, parachute mishaps, aircraft crashes, terrorist attacks, suicides and of course combat.

These were individual legacies for sure…yet collectively, and thankfully, they have truly enriched a nation.

I’m sure they all would have chosen different legacies for themselves but I know they are grateful for the collective one we all pause to remember.

Each of the below have a story, but for today, I just wanted to list the ones that are personal to me to honor their names.

Private First Class Domingo Arroyo

Petty Officer John “Doc” Luby

Sergeant John “Red” Walker

Captain Spencer “Framer” McDonald

Sergeant Chris McDonald

Major Samuel “Swacq” Griffith

Sgt Willie Furmon

MSgt John “Big John” Dillard


The Chattanooga Five from Mike Battery, 3/14:

Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan

Staff Sergeant David Wyatt

Sergeant Carson Holmquist

Petty Officer Randall Smith

Lance Corporal Squire K. “Skip” Wells


Keep looking forward.

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David B. Armstrong, CFA

President & Co-Founder

Dave got into the industry when he discovered his passion for finance in his mid-20’s. He’s a combat veteran and served as an officer in the United States Marines Corps on both active duty and in the reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving on active duty, Dave was unable to spend money on deployments, so he became a self-taught investor. Along with a few bucks cash as a bouncer, his investing performance grew to be good....

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