JOSHUA MCDANIELS - FALLEN HERO
 

We all got to the funeral home and again was a dignified
transfer into the funeral home. We waited outside for
about 15 minutes until the Marines made sure Josh was
ready. Oh my goodness,  my son looked amazing, his
beautiful long eyelashes, and he had his little smirk on
his face. I kissed his lips, ran my fingers through his hair
and told him I loved him so much and that he would
forever be my Hero.

Leaving him that night was so hard, but I knew I would be
seeing him the next day for his celebration of life. It
lasted 3-1/2 hours. My bother-in-law spoke a few words
and then I got up to speak. I told how Josh was born six
weeks early and I had called him "my little peanut," how
he was such a loving,caring, selfless person, and that I
was honored to be his Mom.

I let all the young kids in that gym know that if they ever
needed somone to talk to, I would always be someone
they could come to without judgement. I asked them to
live their lives by Josh's example and to never doubt
themselves....dream big as Josh had.

When I was finished, a couple of coaches spoke of Josh
as they remembered him and then a 45-minute video
was played with some of Josh's favorite song and pictures
of him from birth. It was perfect .After the celebration of
life, we went out onto the football field to let off balloons
with written messages to Josh. It was a beautiful sight.

After the celebration of life, we went out onto the football field to let off balloons with written messages to Josh. It was a beautiful sight. We returned home to many friends and family and tons of food. I felt like I was just going through the motions.

 

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