The solemn nature of this holiday runs head to head with soft early summer sunshine , backyard cook outs and kids running through the sprinkler. Who wants to spend the day to contemplate the loss of young men and women and the struggles of the families left behind? We collectively as Americans need to because they belong to every one of us.
I recently was standing beside a young woman with a baby in a stroller at an event at Ft. Carson. I talked with her and learned that her husband and best friend had died in Iraq ,only days after she had shared with him that they were about to become parents. My heart ached for her and for the baby that will never know her Daddy personally. The event sponsored by American Military Family that we were attending was to support parents Michelle and Dan Benevidez, who were preparing to walk from Colorado to Illinois, to the Middle East Conflicts Wall where the name of their fallen soldier is etched. Their son, Ssgt. Kennith Mayne died in Iraq in 2008. They want to bring attention to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who serve now. I want to share a video with you, no words can express what the video will…it is what Memorial Day is all about.
American Military Family is there for those who serve and their Families. For more information about this group and about the walk of Michelle and Dan Benevidez, go to :http://www.americanmilitaryfamily.org/