Memorial Day, 2016
Crossfit, Santa Monica remembers Todd and others who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice. The founder of this Crossfit never knew Todd personally; but went to a rival high school in York County. He knew of Todd. Aaron and his Crossfit group honor many of those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. They talked with us in September to learn more about Todd and his family.
Memorial Day, 2016
Jeanne & Donn return to Cocoa Beach in time for Donn to emcee the Celebration at the Brevard Vet. Center, Merritt Island, FL. Jeanne gives an interpretive reading from her speech, Among The Hills of Valor as an historic caisson comes into view. More than 300 people attend the ceremony.
June 28, 2016
Todd's name is etched into this monument at the VA Memorial at Lake Nona in Orlando, FL on Memorial Day. On this day in June, Jeanne and Donn are invited by the Central FL Veterans National Foundation to visit the Memorial. Jeanne's book is permanently placed in the Healing Chapel adjacent to the Memorial.
Memorial Day Weekend, 2016
Donn & Jeanne travel to Williamsburg to visit Todd's tree which has grown tall and healthy. They continue to Wash. D.C, where they meet Glenn and attend TAPS. Jeanne signs her book at TAPS. They visit Todd at ANC and notice that three quarters have been left on Todd's stone. Each quarter denotes a visit by someone who was with Todd when he was killed.
Jeanne is asked to create a permanent Honor Wall within the Nave of her Church, St. David's by The Sea in Cocoa Beach Fl. Jeanne & Donn were married under the wooden cross when it hung behind the Altar of the Church. On the left side of the cross are those who have given the Ultimate Sacrifice. On the right side are those, who in some capacity are serving our great Nation today.
August 27, 2016
Todd's father-in-law, George cloyed was asked to participate in Flags of Honor Ceremony with COL Gary West (USAF retired). The American flag was flown at half mast over the Colonial Williamsburg Capitol in honor of Todd. During the ceremony, the flag was lowered as Todd's brother-in-law lead the fefes and drums in playing the 18th century version of the Star Spangled Banner. George, who is a Master Silversmith created a bracelet as a gift to COL West. He described the bracelet:
"I gave him a sterling bracelet with an Eagle with outspread wings in the center, symbolizing the protection our armed forces spread over us all in this country. On either side of the eagle a star; one to represent all of our soldiers who have willingly sacrificed their lives; and the other to represent their loved ones and the grief they will always carry. On the outside of one end is the screaming eagle, for the 101st, and on the inside of one end, a pair of clasped hands symbolizing the brotherhood of all those willing to serve and make the ultimate sacrifice. Finally inside where it cannot be seen, a deaths head, which if pressed against the wrist will leave a mark on the wearer which symbolizes the indelible but unseen mark that Todd's death left in all of our hearts. It was engraved inside with Todd's name and rank, and K.I.A. 9-9-2010."
August 25, 2016
Jeanne and Donn travel to San Francisco and stay at the historic Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel established in 1946. Its walls are filled with history. We were surprised to find on the Mezzanine the names of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country since 9/11. The hotel houses a finely crafted military library. The view from our room showed the gold star which sits upon the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Each February, the hotel hosts an event for Gold Star families.
To commemerate the 15th Anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the United States, America's Heartland displayed 7,021 American flags on Art Hill, St. Louis. Each flag ws accompanied by a photograph and dog tag of a fallen member of the military killed in the war on terror.
Early December, 2016
Todd's daughter, Kiley, who is now seven years old returns to the states to attend Snowball Express in Texas. She and Emma also visit Virginia where they are able to unite with family and visit Santa. On the left Kiley is pictured with Snowball Express friends she has made. She is in the grey sweatshirt. "Since 2006, the mission of Snowball Express has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. We bring children together from all over the world for a four day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more. Parents of children of the fallen often tell s that their child is reserved, withdrawn or unwilling to talk about their loss. Participating in Snowball Express changes that, making each child feel special and giving them an opportunity to share their feelings about losing something so precious, their parent."
Dec. 17, 2016, Orlando, FL.
Hundreds of Soldiers and veterans accompanied by their friends and loved ones gathered at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando to celebrate the 143d Sustainment Command third annual Lt Gen Jack C. Stultz Military Ball.
Hosted by the 143d ESC command team and its community partners, the formal event offered unique opportunity for Soldiers and civilian employees assigned throughout the Command's vast area of operations...The Ball featured several distinguished guests to include Brig. Get. Deborah L. Kotulich, commanding general, 143d ESC and Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Lopes, command sergeant major, 143d, Maj. Gen. Mark W. Palzer, and Lt Gen Jack C. Stultz...Pride and patriotism game way to somber reflection when a spotlight pierced the dim ballroom to illuminate a small candlelight dinner table that epitomized all American prisoners of war as well as the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Lopes concluded the melancholy affair when he silently marched to the table of Jeanne Weaver, mother of Todd W. Weaver, an Army officer killed in action while leading his platoon in Afghanistan in 2010. Lopes led the Gold Star Mother to the POW and Fallen Soldier Table where together they lit the lone candles that would flicker bright for the remainder of the Ball.
Dec. 16, 2016
"Behind Every Stone There Is A Story"
Ten year old Mina Klein was one of many who participated in the National Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. She was one of thirty girls who were representing Explorer American Heritage Girls and who laid the wreath at Todd's stone. Mina then researched Todd's website and created the poster which she holds and gave a short talk about his life. Mina ended her speech saying "His family remember him as someone who touched countless lives with his love and light and as someone who set an example of courage, determination and selflessness." Thank you, Mina. It is wonderful to know that Todd continues to touch peoples lives.