On May 26, amid a host of holiday activities, the Paducah area paused to honor local men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.
The ceremony I am referencing was held at the Korean War Memorial in front of the McCracken County Courthouse.
I have always celebrated and honored those who died securing peace and our freedom, and was taught as a child to pause and honor those who died not only securing freedom, but to honor their devotion to duty.
This year took on a new meaning. My son, Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 15, 2014. My world stopped when I received the news of his death and the void in my life without him can never be healed.
My heart is saddened because I was not notified that my son, Aaron, was to be honored along with Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin. I found out only 15 minutes prior to the ceremony's opening remarks.
The ceremony was and will never be about me; however, I should and would have attended had I have been given proper notice.
Someone dropped the ball. Please don't let this happen again. I wanted to honor my son by attending his ceremony to recognize his sacrifice.
May God bless our military and veterans who have served so valiantly.
Mst. Sgt. Aaron C. Torian