This picture is one I keep at my desk. I look at every day since 2007.
I keep this boy and his family in my prayers. But it's not just a prayer for them, it's for all the veterans and for all of their families.
For all of those who have served and for those who are serving now.
Their sacrifices are great and are greatly appreciated.
The Daily News Journal:
As 8-year-old Christian Golczynski accepted the flag from his father's casket, tears flowed freely from the mourners, and even Marine Lt. Col. Ric Thompson, who presented the flag to the boy, showed a trace of emotion.
"My Marc made the sacrifice for my freedom," said Heather Southward Golczynski, widow of the fallen Marine. "That is a debt I won't ever be able to repay."
A week before he was killed in action, the young Marine wrote this:
"I want all of you to be safe. And please don't feel bad for us. We are warriors. And as warriors have done before us, we joined this organization and are following orders because we believe that what we are doing is right. Many of us have volunteered to do this a second time due to our deep desire to finish the job we started. We fight and sometimes die so that our families don't have to. Stand beside us. Because we would do it for you. Because it is our unity that has enabled us to prosper as a nation."
Forever in our hearts. Thank you.