Consider the image above, and I think you’ll understand what I mean when I say that sometimes words only gum up the works. So I’ll try to keep this short.
Eight members of SPC Marc Decoteau’s Army Detachment — 6th Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) — made the trip from Fort Bragg, NC, to Waterville Valley, NH, on a perfect Columbus Day weekend dedicated to their fallen brother. They laughed. They cried. They played dodgeball. They walked the 5K road race in Marc’s name. They cooked out (perfect burgers, Jason). They helped us collect rebounds on the way to 3,000 made foul shots on Saturday.
And later that same day, as the dusk was just beginning to settle on the beautiful Waterville Valley cemetery, they held a private ceremony to pay their respects to the Decoteau family.
With Marc’s mother Nancy, sister Maddie, brother Andrew and father Mark aligned adjacent to Marc’s grave marker, the Detachment marched to the marker, placed a wreath, saluted and then, one by one, faced the family and told them what their boy had meant to each of them. The stories were unique, but the message was singular: In addition to being a true American hero in the military sense, Marc Paul Decoteau, who died in Afghanistan on January 29, 2010, at the age of 19, was a special human being. In a word … Authentic.
Thanks for the rebounding help, guys.
And thank you, each one of you, for so much more than that.