After Jeremy’s brigade (the 5/2, now the 2/2) got back this summer from their deployment to Afghanistan, a neighboring city to Ft. Lewis called Puyallup did a super special thing; they presented a memorial to all of the fallen soldiers and placed it in Pioneer Park.
We LOVE Puyallup. It’s where we spend a lot of time in the summer at the Farmer’s Market, it’s where we spend time berry picking, visiting farms and road-side stands, it’s where we go to church and it’s where our best friends live! So when we were told that Puyallup was placing the memorial in Pioneer Park, it was really special to us.
The dedication ceremony was held at the beginning of September in Pioneer Park. It was very moving seeing all the soldiers there. Not only that, but the families of the fallen were flown in for the ceremony-which is pretty amazing. Famous Dave’s BBQ provided a super yummy lunch to all the soldiers and their families to say “thank you” for all they did over the past year and the mayor of Puyallup spoke kind words in honor of everyone who served, was wounded in battle or lost.
Oh and I totally saved a little girl at the Ceremony! We were standing in line for lunch and a little girl was frantically running through the crowd screaming for her Daddy. It was really freaky that no one seemed to notice this poor little girl! I immediately knelt down to talk to her. We did end up finding her Dad and all was well. But whew! I was scared for her!
Having the opportunity to gather with all the men and the families who served with Jeremy in Afghanistan to mourn together and rejoice together was very special. To me, it felt like my chance at closure. I took a deep breath and thanked God for his protection of Jeremy. I thanked Him for bringing Jeremy home to us in one piece and with a sound mind and heart. Everything we prayed for Jeremy while he was gone happened. I was and am so grateful.
Our time with the Army is coming to a close and we are excited to see what God will do next. It is constantly a reminder to me of His faithfulness to His people. We are blessed and grateful.