To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Remembering One of Our Own Lcpl Tyler A. Roads

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.

        "You can't have love without sacrifice."

Tyler and those who loved him have made the ultimate sacrifice for the love of our Country. He is missed every day. He will never be forgotten. 

Remember..... Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

1 comment:

soniaroads said...

kristina, this is beautiful & unfortunately so true. your words have described the way my stomache has felt for the last yr & a day. it just amazes me how fast this yr went. wow, that is hard work on a person! i just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported our family, & tyler. without you all, id really be a mess. thanks seems like too little thing to say for everything & everyone but its what i know so thank youu very much everyone! god bless america, land of the free, because of the brave, amen