Soldiers, Families Honored And Remembered

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

A special honor was given Saturday to three metro families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice.

Family and friends gathered at the Disabled American Veterans Building in Omaha to receive American flags in honor of their loved ones. “It's a great honor, it's really kind of emotional even though it's been almost seven years. Just the fact the veterans remember all those that died in all the wars.”

For mothers like Margaret Denike, the honor flag means a lot. Her son, William Bailey III, was killed in action just before his 30th birthday, leaving a pain in her heart that will never go away. “He's always on all of our minds."

Barbara and Larry Nelson have gone through a similar pain. Their son Caleb was just 26 when he was killed in Afghanistan. "He always wanted to be an Army guy,” said Barbara. “He told us he wanted to be a Navy Seal. That's the way God made him and that was God's calling for him." They say he died doing what he loved, but it was still tough to hold back the tears as they accepted the flag.

It was the same for the family of Germaine Debro, killed in action in Iraq. “With the grace of God you go about your morning and do your regular things, but you still hurt,” said his mom, Priscilla Debro. “I know eventually the hurt gets better."

These families will never be the same after their loss, but are grateful for the community’s support.

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