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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 127 -- Ian's Spot

Last year, my husband lost a family friend. Ian Walz was in Iraq when a bomb went off, killing 7 soldiers - Ian included. I didn't really know Ian. He and his cousin Dave lived next door to us when Tom first got out of the Marine Corps. Ian wasn't very talkative. I just remember him being in the background, quiet but nice.

It was shocking when we got the news that Ian had been killed in action. Up till then, I hadn't lost anyone over there. Friends of friends - yes. But no one that I personally knew.

Well, today they had a bench dedicated to Ian. It sits down on the beautiful waterfront. A nice place to come and sit and just remember. My friend, and Ian's cousin Kim, invited everyone to come. Tom had to work, so the kids and I went without him. Her camera was broken, so I took it upon myself to take photos for her. A lot of people showed up - I thought that was nice.

My photo today is the ribbon cutting part of the whole thing. Ian's mom is the one cutting the ribbon. The guy in Red... I think he said he was in some sort of military league that gets things like this bench done for families that want something in honor of a fallen soldier. And the other two guys are politicians I think (one was a mayor and the other a governor if I remember correctly).

I really don't have much else to say. I didn't know Ian enough to ever feel comfortable saying I miss him or anything like that. But it does hurt my heart that so many grieve for him, and I would give almost anything to take their hurt away....But I can't. So I have no clue what else to say other than .... Ian - you are missed by so many. I hope you can see that!

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