Time of Remembrance Weekend
September 29th and 30th serves as a Time of Remembrance for Washington families and comrades; those who have lost loved ones and brothers in the war. Today, Howard Amon Park became a venue for many to give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Charlotte Best remembers her son, Marvin, as a character. One who knew the art of persuasion.
"When he wanted to ask if he could have permission to do something or wanted something, he would always put his hand under his arm like a little monkey and make the little monkey...sound," says Best.
Chris Warnock's son, Army Sergeant Justin Norton, was killed on June 24th, 2006. She continues to carry his memory around with his photo on her purse.
"I'm meeting these people for the wrong reasons, through tragedy of losing a child in war," admits Warnock.
Others have lost their husbands. One woman said she no longer worries about crying.
"It's been really nice and just a safe place to cry and let out your feelings and you just automatically feel that connection," says Erin Jameson."
"Only one thing matters and that's what makes it sacred," says Chaplain of the 81st Brigade, Kevin Park. And that is honoring and remembering these loved ones."
"Many of these people share the same pain, but they also share hope," says Park. They know one day the war will end. And no other family will have to experience their suffering."
"Sure, there's hope there," according to Chris and Gary Warnock. I would love to see that families stop suffering and have an end come to this. Definitely a lot of pain."