Local Widow Shares Memory Of Military Husband On 10th Anniversary Of His Death
U.S. Marine Officer Brandon Ryan Dronet of Erath, Louisiana was just a little kid when I knew him at Henry High School; I had no clue he would grow up to serve our country so well.
Brandon was killed 10 years ago today, on February 17, 2006, when two U.S. Marine helicopters collided while on a training mission in support of the Global War on Terror/Operation Enduring Freedom.
His widow, Summer, shared her "Memories" video of Brandon on Facebook. I watched the video and thought about the sacrifice that he made for our country, up to and including his life. Then, seeing his family in the video, it reminded me of the sacrifices that EVERY military family has to make: trying to live their lives with the threat of their loved one never coming home. THAT is the sacrifice this family, and countless others, will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Some of the entries from the guestbook on Brandon's memorial read as follows:
February 26, 2006
August 7, 2009
February 16, 2012