Fundraiser in honor of
lt col mark stratton
We will be donating 5% of our sales for the week of Memorial Day, May 28 - June 1 in honor of Lt Col Mark Stratton. Mark gave his life in Afghanistan on May 26, 2009. You can read about his sacrifice here: https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/air-force-lt-col-mark-e-stratton-ii/4111891
The benefiting charity is called Bastion. Their mission is to help returning veterans rejoin their communities. You can read more about them here: https://www.joinbastion.org
We also have several partner businesses in Downtown Mobile who will be donating along with us.
May 26 2019 will be the 10 year anniversary of the day my brother Lt Col Mark Stratton was killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Mark was not there to fight, he was there to help the Afghan people. He helped to build a school for girls, he helped to build irrigation systems for local farmers, and he was in the process of helping to build a road for farmers to take their produce to markets. The day he was killed, Mark and his team were visiting an area outside of their base to talk to some local officials about the new road. On their way back to the base his vehicle was hit by a car with explosives, killing Mark, a 21 year old Airman, a Sergeant, an Afghan Lawyer that was their interpreter, and the bomber.
Mark not only left behind a wife, three beautiful children, and a large extended family, he is mourned across this world by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him, his many friends, colleagues, & military family.
Mark graduated from Texas A&M and lived most of his early adult life in Texas. He introduced me to great Mexican and Tex Mex food when I would visit him. He instilled in me the idea that you should always love what you do and pursue your passion no matter what. Mark died 8 years before I opened Roosters but he was a huge supporter of American entrepreneurship and I know he would be so proud of me for opening my own business.
By donating to a military charity every year at this time I feel like it is the least I can do to honor Mark. He gave so much to everyone while he was here, and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us in his passing. As long as there are people to keep his memory and story alive he is not fully gone.
Let us not forget the fallen this Memorial Day. Because of them we can celebrate in peace.