Some of the following photos were taken by Helen and family, some by the National Guard and some were taken by the same photographer who did Helen's wedding, a man named Eric. These pictures have touched me so much and I look at them every now and then, just to stay in touch with what Helen must be feeling and to associate with her immeasurable pain and sorrow. I cannot walk in her shoes, but I can share her story. Through that, we can all be a part of who Adam Dobereiner was and give him the glory he deserves for his ultimate sacrifice.
|A prayer for Adam at the funeral.|
|Words to describe a hero.|
|I asked Helen to explain the significance of the hand prints. She explained,|
"So you have a casket, the casket goes into a vault. My mom got this vault where if you put your hand print on it, it leaves the hand print....well, it was to cold that day and the hand prints weren't staying...so Adam's favorite color was lime green and so we all put lime green paint on our hands and put it down....this is the grandparents, siblings, nieces and nephew....it meant a lot."
|Somber faces of a family in shock.|
|Presentation of posthumous medals to Adam's mother.|
|My girls' half-sister is Helen's step-daughter, Marlee - here, she is|
hugging the stone in remembrance of Adam.
|The streets were lined with people as the hearse carried the casket.|
|You can see the intense respect for this duty.|
|Helen and her mother wait for Adam.|
|Adam's niece tries to understand where "Unca Ag-um" is.|
|Ann Marie and Helen, Adam's sisters, both serve our country as well.|
|As Helen touches the flag, she also touches our hearts.|
|The church was filled to capacity.|
|Adam's sisters struggle to say good-bye, but only for now...|
|Adam's sisters hold hands for strength.|
|My God, how has this happened? RIP, brother. We will see you on the other side.|