Today marks the one year anniversary of Lance Corporal Tyler A. Roads death in Afghanistan. I can't even imagine the emotional roller coaster his family is riding today, and everyday since his death. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Tyler, but have met several people who loved him. Sonia, Tyler's mother has shared much of her son's childhood, hopes, and dreams with me. If you haven't read the previous posts about Tyler please click here.
Kayleigh, who grew up with Tyler and his sister Taylor was nice enough to share her favorite memory. Kayleigh remembers when she was 10 or 12 spending most of the summer at their house. They had a scooter and a big hill near the house to ride the scooter down. As any parent knows, a scooter mixed with a big hill and gravity is a sure bet that someone is going to get hurt. In this case it was Kayleigh who accidentally used the front brake instead of the back break, making her flip over the handle bars.
"I remember getting road rash pretty bad. Tyler helped me back to the house and I got all bandaged up. He was so kind and willing to help even though his sister and I had been terrorizing him all summer. The theme of him helping people always rang true throughout his life. He is greatly missed by all, as all who knew him loved him."There is a Facebook page in memory of Tyler which is maintained by his mother. I would like to invite everyone to leave Sonia a message either here in the comments or on Facebook letting her know she is in our hearts and prayers today, and everyday as she deals with her greatest lost. You can find the Lance Corporal Tyler A. Roads Memorial facebook page here. There is also a 1000 Memories page set up where you can write a message in the guestbook, leave pictures, music, and video. I encourage EVERYONE to visit and leave a message or a memory. I know Tyler's family would love to hear your stories about him and please share any pictures you might have of Tyler. I'm guessing that pictures are some of the families most prized possessions.