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Mother's Day flowers sent to me by Derek from the USS GW

Dear Derek,

Here it is, Mother's Day once again. Every time this day makes me depressed. I feel like a ship with a missing Sailor. We leave no man behind. I've been forced to leave you behind. This is not right. I will never feel right. Although I've been trying hard to live a somewhat normal life; I am always reminded that I will never be able to do that. Mother's Day, your birthday, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and all the

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Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Spring Hill, FL - Mother   May 04, 2018

Dear Derek,

It's been 7 years today, when the Army knocked on my door and for a lack of better words, killed my heart and soul forever. They put a huge hole in my being, which I've been trying to fix, but to no avail. I'm doing the best I can without you, but I will die unhappy. That is a promise. The only thing that might save me, is the knowing I will be with you again. I pray every

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Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   Jul 19, 2017
My Mother's Day Flowers

Derek, I'll never forget when you sent me these flowers from the USS George Washington! I didn't think that was possible to do, but you did it. That's how special you are, and how special that made me feel.

Miss You and Love You,

MOM


Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   May 07, 2017

Happy Birthday Derek you would have been 34 today I miss you everday and allways think about you all the good times we had togather.and all of the work outs we did togather. I OFEN WOUNDER WHAT YOU WOULD BE DOING TODAY. I am sure it would be great . Happy Birthday son and best friend .


Posted by: peter schicchi - spring hill, FL - Father   Jan 27, 2017

Dear Derek,

Tomorrow is your birthday. Now, I remember your life from the very beginning. I wish you were here to celebrate your 34th. Tomorrow, I will remember, honor, and celebrate your life the best I can. Sadness remains. Emptiness remains.

Miss You and Love You,

MOM


Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   Jan 26, 2017

Derek its been 6 years since you been gone miss you so much I think about you at least once a day . life has not been the same since you been gone.I am still in florida. the only time I had a good time here is when you came home on leave. Love and miss you your father.


Posted by: peter schicchi - Spring Hill, FL - Father   Jul 19, 2016

Dear Derek,

We all miss you so much. I wish you would come home.


Love You and Miss You,

MOM


Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   Jul 18, 2016

Dear Derek,

This Memorial Day, I honor and remember you, although I do so every day. I miss you so much. My life is so empty without you. One day I will wake up from this nightmare and be reunited with you again.

Love You and Miss You,

MOM


Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   May 30, 2016

Miss you, Derek


Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   May 05, 2016
Flowers for Mother's Day sent from Derek aboard the USS GW

Dear Derek,

I was so amazed when you sent me these flowers from your ship!! I'll never forget. Mother's Day and other special days and holidays are hard. I wish you could come home. I wish I could go back in time. Sometimes I wish I was never born.

Love You and Miss You,

MOM


Posted by: Donna Hernandez - Mother   May 01, 2016