This Memorial Day...

Four-year-old Paige Bennethum really, really didn’t want her daddy to go to Iraq. So much that when Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum lined up in formation at his deployment this July, she couldn’t let go. No one had the heart to pull her away.
Here's the ending to the story behind the photo...



my father, Gale A. Russell WWII Navy
my step-father, Bert O. Baker, Captain, Air Force, POW, WWII
my father-in-law, Rosendo Agodon, WWII Navy


Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. Beautiful lines from Longfellow.

    May the souls of your family members forever rest in peace.


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