Politics

Message On Rick Perry's Bracelet Revealed (Photos)

| by Brendan Kelly

During his confirmation hearing for secretary of energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a republican, was spotted wearing a bracelet with engraved text.

Now we know what the text says and what it represents.

Photos from Perry's confirmation hearing, in which the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources questioned the former governor about why he is fit to run the Department of Energy under President Donald Trump, revealed the message engraved on his bracelet.

Perry's bracelet is engraved with the name Colton W. Rusk and the letters 'USMC,' or U.S. Marine Corps, the Independent Journal Review reports.

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Rusk, 20, was a Marine Pfc. who was killed in a fire fight on Dec. 6, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The former Texas governor wears the bracelet in memory of the fallen Marine, and Rusk's family appreciates that Perry continues to wear the bracelet.

"Seeing Gov. Perry still wear that bracelet that we gave to him many years ago, and to wear it to something so important, reminds me that Colton's memory will live on forever in people's hearts," Rusk's brother, Brady Rusk, told the Independent Journal Review. 

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"When I see Rick Perry wearing a memorial bracelet in honor of Colton it brings me all kinds of emotions," Rusk's mother, Kathy Darrell Rusk told the Caller-Times. "It brings me sadness knowing that my son is no longer here with us, it brings me pride knowing he gave his life unselfishly fighting for our country and for our freedoms."

Perry, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1977, has been notably supportive of military veterans throughout his political career. In 2011, Perry began wearing a bracelet honoring fallen Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, who was one of 30 American service members killed when enemy forces in Afghanistan took down a helicopter.

"I wear a little band, matter of fact one of your Iowans, who was killed on the sixth day of August this last year, who was one of those Navy SEALS that went down in a helicopter, Jon Tumilson, to remind me about my duty to make sure those young men and women have the support they need as they serve on active duty," Perry said in 2011.

Sources: Independent Journal ReviewCorpus Christi Caller-Times / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr