Parking Space Dedication for EN2 Caige Swain

My friends, Michele, and her son, Tony, are from left to right in the picture to the right. I’m sorry, I don’t recall the name of the Lady on the right. Yesterday, we were together for a parking space dedication for Michele’s oldest son, Caige (in the feature photo above). He passed away two years ago. He was in the Navy and was doing quite well when he died. He committed suicide.

The ceremony was also in connection with suicide awareness among military members and veterans. Unfortunately, it happens way too often. The stigma and image of people who struggle with this issue need to change drastically. Instead of seeing people as weak or flawed somehow, we need to learn more about what they are going through.

Weeks after Caige’s death, another of my friends lost her 21-year-old son to suicide. Both of my friends were devastated. I don’t know what I would do if I lost one of my kids.

The ceremony went off without a hitch. There was a motorcycle escort by the Patriot Guard Riders organization to the ceremony. Also, behind the motorcycles were about ten jeeps.

The event was put together by, Through Tragedy Come Light, and other organizations were present. It was a team effort. There was a color guard from the Air Force, and a performer sang the National Anthem. The event was well planned.

I was able to participate as well. I rode with the Patriot Guard and also was a flag bearer during the event. It was a long day, though. My back is killing me. I was in such pain that I went to the drug store to pick up two new ice packs.

It was a great Saturday. Hope you had a good one too.

One comment

  1. How wonderful of the ceremony. Suicide is an awful thing, for the person who commits it (I cannot imagine the point someone must be at to be able to actually do that, given how difficult it is to hurt yourself physically), and for the people they leave behind. My neighbours’ son stepped out of life quite some years ago. His father never was the same after that.

    I am happy you got to ride in the event, Tony.

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