Memorial Day, May 30, 2011

Choking back tears, Christian Golczynski accepted the flag from his father’s casket. Photographer Aaron Thompson described this moment as “the most emotionally moving event I may have ever witnessed and may ever witness in my life.”

On March 27, just a few weeks before Marc Golczynski was to return home from his second tour in Iraq — one he volunteered for — he was shot on patrol and killed by enemy fire in al-Aanbar province.

During a moment at the burial, Christian stepped forward to receive the flag for his father. The expression of grief on his young face was captured in a photo and became a powerful symbol for soldiers, their families and anyone who sees it.

When asked about his dad, Christian said, “He was a hero. He helped our country.”

3 Responses to “Memorial Day, May 30, 2011”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    This young boy’s life is changed forever! His father gave his life so his son and all in our country can live in FREEDOM.

  2. His father is a true hero, my thoughts and prayers are with Christian and his family and during this most difficult time.

  3. Zephra Brown Says:

    My heart breaks when another live is lost for our freedom. May God give peace and comfort to those who are suffering for us and may we forever be grateful and honor those who give the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you all – past, present and future.

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