goes through the mind of a father, mother or sibling as they are sitting inches away from the honor guard folding the flag that has been draped over their loved one’s casket. That was my thought today as I stood in silent respect directly in front of the family. As I marveled at the way the flag was folded, at the precision with which it was done, at the stillness of the moment, I wondered what was going through the minds of the family of Spc. Dustin R. Donica, 22, of Spring, TX.
It was a beautiful day, crisp cool air, bright blue skies and the warming rays of the full sun. Was the dad remembering tossing a ball to Dustin? Or helping him learn to ride a bicycle? Perhaps the first shave. Was the mom remembering the joy of holding her newborn son? Of his first day in Kindergarten? His first date. Was the sister thinking of the laughter shared after the parents went to bed? Of the cake at his birthday party? His call from Iraq.
Another young American hero was put to rest today and once again, ordinary citizens turned out in the hundreds to honor his life and service. Rest in peace, Dustin, and may God bless your family.