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In honor of Memorial Day: thank you to those who served and paid the ultimate price...and the deepest sympathy and respect for those they leave behind. Photo by Aaron Thompson of a soldier presenting the flag from the casket of Christian Golczynski's father to the boy... His son put it best about his father: "He was a hero. He helped our country.”
40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken- Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq (which he had volunteered for) just a few weeks before he was due to return home. Oh my god this breaks my heart.
This broke my heart :( 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.”
The little boy is Christian Goczynski he was 8 years old at the time. After surviving a year's tour last year, Christian's father, a Marine, volunteered to return to the war zone in hopes of "finishing what we started." Sadly, like far too many courageous soldiers, Staff Sgt. Marcus "Marc" Goczynski never returned home. Christian receiving his father's funeral flag.