U.S. Army LTC Rick Monahan, who had been Todd's ROTC Brigade Commander at W&M contacted us in Jan. He had returned to Williamsburg to retire and spoke to the local Webelos troop about sacrifice, Arlington, and Todd. The scouts made a trip to D.C. and made sure to stop at ANC, to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and to pay their respects to Todd in Section 60. While Todd was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in Nigeria, like them, he grew up over several years in Williamsburg.
Jeanne and Donn participate in a TAPS Retreat in Tampa, FL and the Gaspirella Marathon in memory of Todd.
Jeanne and Donn are invited by Honor & Remember to be VIP guests representing Gold Star Families at the Daytona 500. We invite Tundra's new owner and his wife to be our guests. As VIPs we attend the press briefing and are able to be present in the pit row of the race track, meeting the drivers. We are pleased to see how the sounds of cars and so many people do not effect Tundra in her duties as a medical service dog.
May 9, 2015
Jeanne lays a wreath at the Iraq - Afghanistan Some Gave All Moving Wall while it is at the VFW Post 10131 in Cape Canaveral FL. She gives a talk about the history of the American Gold Star Mothers organization.
New Lieutenant Kenneth M. Swam affirms his oath with his cousin, Marine Cpt Frank Swam at Todd's tree on the campus of W&M.
May 16, 2015
Armed Forces Day: The 1st Cavalry Band of the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood presents a concert. An oral reading by CPT James Kine, of the letter Todd wrote to Emma and which she found when his computer was returned to her, was accompanied by the powerful musical movement from Sir Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.
"The letters from Todd have been the second greatest gift he left me, the first being our beautiful daughter, Kiley, his living legacy. The words he wrote were wise beyond his twenty-six years and I was compelled to share them. My healing and journey through grief have been guided by Todd and his wishes for us" --Emma
Memorial Day, 2015
Our family is separated by many miles on this day. Donn emcees the Memorial Day event at the Brevard Veterans Center, Merritt Island, FL. Jeanne speaks to attendees in Cocoa FL at Riverside Park and walks in the Cocoa Memorial Day parade. Glenn, Silvia, Adrianna, Finn and Astrid visit Todd at Arlington National Cemetery. Astrid has painted a rock which she leaves for Todd. There have been many momentos, military coins, currency coins left there in memory of Todd. This rock painted by Todd's niece wins the hearts of those who tend the cemetery grounds. In remains with Todd for close to one year. Emma, Kiley, Alex and Shelton launch balloons in Guam. Todd's tree on the campus of W&M grows strong. It is regularly tended by Todd's mother-in-law, Ellen Cloyed and his high school couselor, Jan Brown. Thank you, Ellen and Jan.
Sept. 12, 2015
The book, Losing Todd, A Mother's Journey, written by Todd's Mother, Jeanne Harris Weaver, is launched at The College of W&M Bookstore. The book is published by The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the college. It showcases the twenty-one oil paintings created by Jeanne in honor and memory of Todd. The paintings are accompanied by narrative essays, poetry and song lyrics, with additional essays by ten other people.
Sept. 27, 2015
Jeanne and Donn host a luncheon for Gold Star parents and guests at the Brevard Veterans Center, Merritt Island, FL. Mayor of Cape Canaveral, Rocky Randell presents a Proclamation to the Center in honor of Gold Star Mothers and family members.
Oct 23 - 24, 2015
Jeanne & Donn attend Homecoming at W&M. Jeanne signs books at the Alumni House and bookstore.They attend the Scholarship luncheon and Government Dept. Brunch where they are able to meet David Branden, the first Scholarship recipient. The Muscarelle Museum of Art holds a Homecoming Tailgate. $907.00 is raised to go toward the 1LT Todd W.Weaver Memorial Award at the college.
Veterans Day, 2015
At the Brevard Veterans Center and Plaza, Merritt Island, FL, the monument to all who served in Iraq is dedicated by The Rev. Scott Holcombe. Jeanne was commissioned (gratis) to create the design for the monument. She stands next to it with other Gold Star Mothers.
Jeanne attempts to re-open an American Gold Star Mother's Chapter in Brevard County (active during the Viet Nam era). Thankfully, there are not enough Gold Star families to support a Chapter. Through the effort families come together with commonality and friendships are created. They work to create a Gold Star Christmas tree, making home made ornaments of their sons and daughters. The tree is displayed at Merritt Square Mall on Merritt Island, FL. They are also welcomed and honored by Rolling Thunder.