Today’s blog posting is written by the spouse of a fallen Marine, Samantha.  She shares how the unveiling of No Man Left Behind impacted her on that beautiful and windy afternoon.
“On March 8, 2013 I had the privilege to attend the Monument
Unveiling of ‘No Man Left Behind,’ at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East at
Camp Lejeune. It was a beautiful day and I always look forward to events like
this because I get the chance to hear some amazing stories of which relate to
my own, and I also get the opportunity to meet the most amazing people!”
“I had
previously met John Phelps at the Got Heart, Give Hope® Gala in 2012, but being
able to hear the inspiration and story behind the Monument made me appreciate him
even more than I already did. John Phelps and I relate to one another because
both of our loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice. After such an experience,
somehow life is supposed to transform back to normal. Although with time you
come up with a new routine, your experience and
sacrifice is one that you can never forget.”
“After my husband passed away, I
decided for myself to live in his honor and do the best I could to carry on his
legacy, and last but not least, do everything in my power to make sure that although
he isn’t here, that he is never forgotten. Since his death, a bridge in his hometown of Cuba, New York was dedicated to him and we have also started a scholarship in
his memory. To me, the Monument is a pure symbol of the sacrifices both of John
Phelps and his son Chance, and also the Marines that are injured in war.”
time someone comes across the Monument or they hear about it, they will be
reminded that freedom isn’t free. It is such an amazing thing to be able to
remember your loved one, but it’s even more amazing for your loved one to be
honored, and know that his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Samantha and John Phelps at last year’s Gala
Photo courtesy of Paul Oberle
Samantha is one of the honorees at this year’s Got Heart, Give Hope® Gala.  To learn more, visit the Gala webpage.

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