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Mother wasn't notified son honored during ceremony

By ESTA SMITH Mother of Mst. Sgt. Aaron C. Torian Paducah

EDITOR:

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.

ESTA SMITH

Mother of

Mst. Sgt. Aaron C. Torian

Paducah

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