Lexington, Kentucky, US
United States Army
ROTC Cadet, ROTC – University of Kentucky
Lexington, US, 06/21/2003
Our Son died on his own battlefield. He was killed in action fighting a civil war. He fought against adversaries that were as real to him as his casket is real to us. They were powerful adversaries. They took toll of his energies and endurance. They exhausted his last vestiges of his courage and strength. At last these adversaries overwhelmed him and it appeared he had lost the war. But did he?
I see a host of victories he has won. For one thing, he has won our admiration because even if he lost the war, we give him credit for his bravery on the battlefield. And we give him credit for the courage and pride and hope that he used as his weapons as long as he could. We shall remember not his death but his daily victories gained through his kindness and thoughtfulness, his love for family and friends, animals, books and music, for all things beautiful and honorable. We shall remember not his last day of defeat but we shall remember the many days he was victorious over the overwhelming odds. We shall remember not the many years we thought he had left, but the intensity with which he lived the years he had. Only God knows what this child of his suffered in the silent skirmishes that took place in his soul. But our consolation is that God does know and understands.
Kevin was the one so many held on to for everything. When we needed someone to share with and cry with or laugh with he was the one. He loved his brother Jeff more than himself and loved and adored his special, younger sister Melanie most of all. He never ever wanted to disappoint anyone. His special caring heart was just too big for this world. We miss you Corky; every second of every minute of every hour of every day.