Memorial Day is an American holiday to honor our men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It was originally known as Decoration Day following the Civil War. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting gravesites or memorials, watching parades and even celebrating the beginning of summer.
Since October 2015, we’ve had about 2400 U.S. soldiers die in the War in Afghanistan and over 20,000 more injured. Dealing with the post-trauma and injuries from the war, isn’t easy for families of the loved ones who have served our country with pride. It takes courage dealing with those injuries and sometimes a little kindness from our strangers can go a long ways!
Specialist Christopher Garrett was a combat engineer with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division when he was deployed to Afghanistan, but a one-night mission changed everything.
“He was shot through the lower abdomen, and the bullet exited his right butt cheek. He took the bullet while on a night mission in Afghanistan,” wife, Brittany, said.
After being treated for his injuries, he received a medical retirement and was classified as 100% disabled. Despite his disability and the pain it caused him, Brittany said that- once or twice a week – Christopher still went out and mowed their lawn, struggling with the push mower.
And then a complete stranger changed their lives. Brittany posted the following photos to her Facebook page:
Where do I begin? Something AMAZING happened today! As I was getting ready for my day, my husband appeared at the door with tears in his eyes holding our son. My heart sank and I thought someone we love took a trip to Heaven….He quickly assured me that no one had died, but someone had just given him a very expensive riding lawn mower! I don’t know who they are, but they have been watching my 100% combat disabled husband push mow our entire yard once or twice a week, and thought this would help make more time for the important things in life!!! THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE!!! You don’t know how much pain this is going to save him from!!!