This brings tears to my eyes every time I see it.The night before the burial of her husband, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to him for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that would have been played at a formal wedding they never held. She asked the Marines to continue standing watch. "I think that's what he would have wanted," she said.
A Marine stands over the casket of his wife and fellow Marine, for the last hour of her calling hours. They met as recruits and married not long after. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl before losing her battle with bone cancer at 20 years old. This is love and one of the saddest stories I've ever heard.
Minutes after her husband's casket arrived at the Reno airport, Katherine Cathey fell onto the flag. When 2nd Lt. James Cathey left for Iraq, he wrote a letter to Katherine that read, in part, "there are no words to describe how much I love you, and will miss you. I will also promise you one thing: I will be home. I have a wife and a new baby to take care of, and you guys are my world." Photo: Todd Heisler/Rocky Mountain News
With all my heart I give my thanks, to those in uniform . You serve our country and serve it well, with humble hearts your stories tell. So as I rest my weary eyes, while freedom rings, our flag still flies. You give your all, do what you must... with God we live and God we Trust!"
Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely walks with Actor Gary Sinese. Nicely and his family have moved into a "smart home" in Lake Ozark, MO. built for his physical needs that allows him independence after (during his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012) being injured when he stepped on an explosive device that ripped off his hands and lower legs. Money was raised partially by a concert given by actor Gary Sinise's band to build the house. (credit courtesy of Chris Kuban)