The following post was published today in Canada Free Press by Susan L. Price, Gold Star Mother of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt Aaron M Kenefick, USMC (photograph below).
Aaron M. Kenefick
Date of birth: February 5, 1979
Date of death: September 8, 2009
Place of Birth: New York, Williamsville Status: KIA
They say History repeats itself on all fronts of life and death,
That being said, my maternal great-grandmother and I share a generational-bond in the form of an atrocity, experiencing the tragic loss of a child by what is referred to as “THE FOG OF WAR”.
Birthdays, Holidays, especially Memorial Days are filled with the “bittersweet memories” each year as I grapple with my inherited place in time, knowing one of mine is now in spirit.
Gold Star families represent less than 1% of Americans, yet our loss represents “ALL AMERICANS”. Our sons and daughters, husbands and wives served our country in uniform, giving up their today for our tomorrows natural born Liberties.
There is only one way to enter this “wounded families club” as fate calculates our memberships.
Mirrored by our fallen heroes before us, we see and feel no prejudice, only the colors reflections of the Red, White & Blue of “Old Glory” as she waves freely from our humble abodes.
As a Mother, the giver of LIFE, there is NO DEEPER, Penetrating Pain, than the loss of a child, no matter what age.
Each Memorial Day I am once again confronted with the VOID of my own personal hero, my Stellar Marine son, who gave over twelve years of service to our great nation. My family and I will celebrate his sacred place within our hearts as he was truly the consummate patriot.
All across America we will celebrate this day filled with special tributes, parades, BBQ’s services to honor and recognize[…]