It’s Coming Home.

few days ago I wrote of a man who had left a message on my son’s legacy page. Well I was wrong about him being the 4th man.. turns out he is the man who pulled my son from the vehicle.. but that will be another blog. Today I need to write about the plaque the engineers made and placed over the Company’sbarracks honoring my son.

On March 23rd 2008 I wrote this on my myspace blog:


Current mood: grateful

I received a gift I was not expecting and am so touched I am not even sure how to react. My son’s best friend in his squad was online with my husband this morning. It seems the Engineering team my son was escorting on their own time ( which is so little and precious where they are) made a plaque to honor my son and placed it above his company barracks at their new FOB. I am just so touched that these men would do this for them and him. This has truly touched my heart.

I am in contact with several of Micheal’s unit. It is comforting to know they are safe and well. Having them in my life is healing. They are all becoming more and more a part of my family. My son was blessed to know and work with such outstanding men. And I am honored that they have allowed me to care about them also.

I was so touched when the guys told me about the plaque. It meant a great deal to me. I found out yesterday this man who had left the message is one of the men who made and placed the plaque. It was something he had wanted to do for my son, for my son’s brothers and for me. He had wanted it to come home to us. After our conversation I wondered about getting that plaque home.. so today I made a call to my son’s company. One of my guys was on CQ and answered the phone. ( I love when one of mine answer the phone) and went to find someone in charge. I spoke with the LT about the plaque and how I would like to get it home. As much for myself as for the gentleman I spoke with. It was his intention all along for it to come home with the guys. I think he and I both need it to come home. SOOOOO anyway a few hours later the First Sgt calls. He is going to contact the company at the FOB and make arrangements for the plaque to come home. Timing is everything because they are getting ready to dismantle the FOB. No promises are being made but I know an effort is being made.

Now to decided where to place this plaque here stateside. Keep in mind it is quite large. We will either put in the local military museum or the museum at Ft. Campbell. This will be decided later. And all parties will be included in that decision.. and that includes my guys getting a say in it. I am also going to work on getting the gentleman who made it to be with us when we receive it. I’m gonna have to see if we can get the Army to help us with that one….

I do want to just touch it.. sounds silly but I think I need to run my fingers over the lettering.


5 Responses to It’s Coming Home.

  1. Dyanna McElwee Vanatta September 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    That made me cry. What a touching story.

  2. David M September 10, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/10/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  3. Julie Aamot January 28, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I know what you mean about running your fingers over the words on the plaque! I wish that I could do the same for the memorial in Afghanistan with the namesof the 1-17th soldiers KIA on it!

  4. Britni January 28, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I read your stories sometimes and they are so touching. I’m happy that you have found a way to move forward and be so positive. I don’t know if I could handle things the way you have. I admire the things you do in Michael’s honor. I can still remember how nervous you were when you found out he was leaving. After I moved, I thought about him and your family often. I still do actually. I know how it is to be constantly worried and feel like you might lose your mind while they are over there but I can’t even come close to knowing how it is to lose someone over there. I think you are a great inspiration to all military families. Keep it up, don’t ever let anyone tell you different or try to scare you away.

  5. Jenn of the Jungle January 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    That is so sweet and wonderful they did that. Knottie, I hope that get’s home to you!

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