Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Not Just a Bracelet...
Everyone wears the bracelet for different reasons. 9 years ago I made a promise to honor these men. I promised to never forget. The bracelet is a reminder to me of that promise. Some people don't need the bracelet and I hope that even if I wasn't wearing the bracelet that I would still be doing my best to honor these men.
It's weird to think that it's been 9 years since these men were called to Heaven. I've had people ask me if I am ever going to stop wearing the bracelet. I don't know. Whether is 9 years or 49 years, I plan on doing all I can to never forget these men and the many others who were called home sooner than anyone anticipated.
A couple months ago, Kevin's bracelet broke. He has worn that bracelet for almost 9 years. Slipping it on his wrist a few weeks after Bryant and Jose were called home. I can count on one hand how many times he has taken it off and only out of necessity. When he slipped it off after it broke, my heart ached when I looked at his face. This bracelet was important to him. I anticipated this moment and 9 years ago I had set aside an extra bracelet for him. It's not just a bracelet to him.
I can't pretend to understand what the Herlem or Gomez family are going through on this day and I don't want to nor do I want to take anything away from them. I'm simply sharing how important these men are to us and our promise to honor them the best way we know how.
We live our life serving Soldiers, we try to honor both the living and the dead. We wear a black band on our wrist...
It's not just a bracelet...it's a legacy.