I can't believe it's been four years since Heath graduated from boot camp. We were all so proud and excited to watch him graduate from boot camp. Little did we know then that you would die as a hero almost a year from your graduation. Today I remember fondly the smiles, hugs, photos, new dress blue uniforms and your coming home for Thanksgiving. I am and will always be so proud of you Heath. The poem below is sort of a tradition that I am going to post every November 18.
Heath, My Son
Graduation from Boot Camp (November 18, 2005)
I get to see my son today,It’s four months since he has gone away, He’s different now, he’s not all mine, He’s a U.S. Marine, the finest kind. The little boy that I once newHas now become a man that’s true,He loves and hurts like you and meBut now he doesn’t let me see. He’s brave, tougher, smarter too,But remember my son…I still need you.I need to know your well and fine, and Hear you laugh from time to time, or Shed a tear or rant and rave…You don’t always have to be so brave. So take God’s hand he’ll lead the way He’ll keep you safe each day I pray, You’ll walk with him where heroes tread,But don’t feel dread, feel blessed instead You have the love all around,So make it right, your judgments sound. A man you are…But my son you’ll be,Forever and eternity. Love, Mom A special poem from Melissa to Heath at boot camp graduation. Author-Anonymous
Thinking of you today and remembering fondly your bootcamp graduation which was two years ago today. We love you and miss. Our heats ache every day but the love doesn't end. Remembering fondly your special day.
Love, Dad and Mom