They grew up just like you and me, flying kite, playing ball, blowing bubbles, learning to ride a bicycle with 2 wheels,reading, spelling words, learning multiplication tables, fighting with brothers and sisters, members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, twirling, their first recital, playing with bugs, or being scared of spiders, having braces in middle school, learning to love music, getting picked on for the first time, going to high school,having their first kiss, helping their Mama’s in the kitchen and experiencing lifes other simple enjoyments… and then something changed… something changed and they decided to serve their country, or they had to go serve their country. Something in their heart called out to them, I must help, I must fight, I must protect what I love and where I live. I choose to put others always before myself and to have the most profound commitment one can choose. So it is with great pride, that Break the Mold Photo gets to share some family and a very beloved friend with you today.
I honor and give immense gratitude to:
My Father Don Whitehead, my Great Uncle Sam Whitehead, my cousin Justin Whitehead, my cousin Aleece Whitehead, my cousin Glenn Whitehead, my cousin Marissa Balderas, my cousin Jennifer Garrido, and my very best friend and college roomate Jacquelyne L. Hathorn and my brother in law Adam Flanagan
I remember and give immense gratitude and say a special prayer of thanks to the heavens for:
David Whitehead, Wilma Whitehead, Phil Whitehead, Bill Whitehead, Larry Whitehead, Tom Whitehead and
Dennis James Flanagan (killed in action in Iraq)
Honey can I just say that I love your voice/style when writing… Every says to remember on this day but I’ve not seen anyone else bring home the point so well that all of the heroes we celebrate today started with childhoods like ours and en decided to put themselves in harms way for the most noble cause… The greater good. The benefit of people they have never and will never meet. That’s what makes them heroes to me…. Not just what they’ve done but why they chose to do it. Thanks for reminding me of that and taking the time to verbalize more than “happy memorial day”.