A Hero Remembered
Over the last several years, as war has continued to take the lives of our American soldiers, you may have noticed our men and women in uniform wearing a black memorial KIA (killed in action) bracelet. During their first deployment to Afghanistan, Tim's company lost one of their soldiers and friends in a helicopter crash. Tim ordered one of these bracelets to honor Chris and remember his sacrifice. He wears it daily and even had to order a replacement last year because the original one broke in half from so much use.
When Tim comes home from work one of the first things he does is empty his pockets and remove his military items--patches, pens, notebooks, keys, dog tags, watch, and Chris' bracelet. Addie now looks forward to grabbing an item from this pile when "Da-da" comes home. Recently, she is into wearing objects on her arm or wrist, so naturally she enjoys sporting Chris' memorial bracelet. It's bitter-sweet to see her happily wearing this bracelet, oblivious to what it represents, a piece of love that aids us in remembering the sacrifices Chris made for his country, the wife he left behind and the child who will never get to meet his hero of a daddy. At the same time, I picture Chris smiling at the sight of Adeline waddling around, proudly displaying his name on her arm.
Dear God, please help us to remember daily the men and women who have died in service for our country and pray for the loved one they've left behind. In Your Son's name, Amen.
2/6/2014 10:13:17 pm
A beautiful commentary, Ashley. Thank you for sharing. Chris and his family are remembered so often in our prayers. Much Love, j
2/7/2014 11:14:10 pm
Thank you, Joan! I know your prayers are moving in her life. Did I tell you she became a believer recently?!?! Glory to God!
2/11/2014 03:15:19 am
I don't know how I missed this post. I'm a bit of a lurker and love reading other people's blogs. Saw this photo and cried a little. Once day she will understand what it means and I hope it never brings her fear about her daddy and his job. It is people like you, Tim and everyone else who remember Chris and keep him alive that bring happiness to our family. One day, our baby girls will meet and I will meet you and Tim :)
2/11/2014 06:43:01 am
Nikki, I can never express the love and appreciation we hold for your family and the sacrifice you endure daily. We remember your brother every single day. He will ALWAYS live on in his military family! And I certainly hope our little girls will meet someday, too!
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