Memorial Day was created to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, past and present.  This is an important time for our entire nation to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that so many soldiers and their families have made.

This patriotic day allows time to slow down and reflect on the significance of soldiers’ willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Remembrance is at the forefront of our national consciousness, with sacrifices continuing to be made every day as we lose brave soldiers. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation’s mission is to honor lost loved ones and continue to provide support to their families, by granting college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Rachel Splinter’s dad, Christopher Splinter, died from a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was more than willing to deploy to Iraq in order to help. Christopher died doing what he loved, which makes Rachel a very proud daughter.

“Growing up without my father has been the most difficult challenge in my life. Not being able to talk to him, go fishing, his absence to scare my prom date, not being able to walk me down the aisle on my future wedding day. I miss my father so much,” explained Rachel Splinter. “What helps me get through the pain is knowing that he died a true American hero, so that we can live free and safely. I know I we will be reunited in heaven someday.”