Check out this picture.....it's one of my favorites:
Here is another picture from that day:
What a fine pair of heroes.
This is my sister Jennifer, mother to both:
I know you can't see her very well in this picture, but I love it anyway. I know that on this day her range of emotion was off the charts. I can't imagine. Jennifer is a hero too. All military mothers are.
This is Jacobs wife Kelsey:
Here is a picture of them together at the Marine Ball:
This is my brother-in-law Mike, father to both:
He is at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. It was his dream to go there. I don't think that I know of anyone who has greater respect for ALL of the men who have served our country and fought and died for our freedom. His knowledge and enthusiasm of military history is vast and his respect for those who serve and have served is limitless. I know that he is proud of his Marine son. I also know that he is aware of the danger that his only surviving son faces. Mike is a hero too. All military fathers are.
I am proud of this family and the bravery of each and every one of them. They have all fought battles of different kinds. Not all of the battles were won. Some are over, some will never be. They are heroes to me each and every day. I love them and I'm grateful for them....each and every day.
Thank you for your service Jacob. I love you. You are my hero for so many reasons! You were training for it at an early age:
Thank you Mike and Jen. Your sacrifices and patriotism are beyond words. I love you both. You are my heroes.
Thank you Ben...your organ donations were honorable sacrifices, your bravery was amazing in the face of a battle so unfathomable. I am so sorry that you lost. You are a hero in my book any day. You are loved and missed by so many on this Memorial Day.