This post is dedicated to one of my best friends Jill who lost her husband SFC Robert Cheevar to pancreatic cancer a month after he returned from his last deployment to Afghanistan on 21 February 2010.
Memorial Day is a day to remember the heroes who have given their lives in service to this country. But there are people who have sacrificed just as much or even more that we must also remember, the families of these heroes. The families put up with the long work hours, the weeks of field time, the missed weekends, the 24 hour duty, and that’s when the Soldiers are at home. Then there are the deployments, the hours of endless worry if they will get the dreaded visit by the casualty notification team. Then it comes their worst nightmare realized, an officer and a Chaplain show up at their door and ruin their world.
They just found out their husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother won’t be coming home. Now they have to go on with out the person they were going to spend there future with. Yes the Soldier sacrificed his/her life, but their family has sacrificed their future.
I ask all of you if you know the family of a fallen hero thank them for their service and sacrifice, if you go to a national cemetery to pay respects to our fallen heroes, go up to the family members and thank them for their service and sacrifice. As much as we as Soldiers sacrifice, we could never do it with out the love and support of our family back home.