“Real life super heroes exist; they walk among us every day, ready to defend our great nation and its citizens in a moment’s notice. They are husbands, fathers, brothers and sons capable of staring death in the face and still come home to rock their newborn infant to sleep in the same day
This kind of warrior cannot be manufactured or purchased. They are born into this life, blessed with a higher sense of purpose, and the understanding of exactly what their fate may hold. We chose to share this life with them because we would rather love an extraordinary man for a brief moment, than spend a lifetime with a man far more ordinary.
You can never be prepared for certain events in life, they change you, and their consequences turn you world upside down. Meeting your husband’s casket as he makes his final journey home. The prospect of raising your children alone. Living the rest of your days without the one person that loved you unconditionally and never let you down. In truth, these men never let anyone down, which is why they are no longer here today.
These amazing warriors chose to spend their brief but amazing lives with us. We raise their children. We honor and remember them, we live in the present and we look to the future. They knew we would have the strength to carry on in the face of tragedy, and to become stronger, more amazing versions of ourselves. They knew we would never be defined by their passing but inspired by their memory to live more fully and to make each moment we are given count.”