May 30, 2005
For Bob Arms, the impressions of this Memorial Day service in Earlysville really hit home. Bob lost his son, Bradley Arms, in November in Iraq.
"This is the first one. There are a lot of firsts and this is the first Memorial Day. It reaches way down into the heart and puts a totally new perspective," said Arms.
Corporal Bradley Arms was killed on November 19, 2004 during a combat mission in the Al Anbar Province. Since that time, his father says the healing process has been difficult.
"I can share the stories of many tears and the feeling like everything just got pulled out from under you," he said.
Arms joined dozens of families at a ceremony to mark Memorial Day and honor those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Groups also gathered at the Albemarle County Office Building to pay tribute to the brave who served and are serving in our armed forces.
"It is quite an honor for me to say thanks to them for their service, for their lives that they've given on our behalf," said one ceremony participant.
And while Arms says this day is of course difficult, it helps him to reflect on the things he remembers so well about his son.
"I'm very proud of him. This is exactly who he was and what he wanted to do with all of the challenges. The core values of honor, courage, and commitment just exemplify Brad," Arms said.
If you would like more information on how to donate to the Bradley Arms scholarship fund, call the Covenant School at (434) 220-7329.