Those of you who read this blog regularly may remember I blogged about a young man, who was barred from wearing his Marine Corps uniform at his high school graduation last year. At the time, Brandon Garabrant had not graduated high school yet, but was leaving for basic training, and would return for his high school graduation. He wanted to wear his dress blues to graduation, instead of his cap and gown.
I have some sad news today.
The Daily Mail reports that Brandon Garabrant was one of three who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan yesterday.
This is heartbreaking. He loved his country. He loved the Corps. He loved military service. He was 19 years old.
Several shops around the school showed their support for his request to wear the uniform, and put signs up calling for the school to change its rules.
His mother, Jesse Garabrant, said at the time: ‘I’m overwhelmed with the support of the community. It’s just wonderful.’
As well as being a dedicated Marine, Garabrant also worked as a volunteer firefighter in Temple..
‘Whenever he came home on leave, the first thing he did, contacting me, “Chief, I need a pager so I can help you out”,’ volunteer fire chief George Clark said.
‘He absolutely loved what he was doing. He knew the sacrifice and he was still willing to do it,’ Clark told WMRU9.