EDITOR: One evening two months ago my family received word that my son was killed in combat. A group of Marines stood on our porch and in the dim light I didn’t know which branch of the service they were from. I didn’t know which son I had lost. Since that confusing moment one thing became clear: People in this community care. They care not only for those who have given their lives, but also for those who have and continue to serve this country.
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On behalf of my family, I would like to thank everyone for all the support. I have not had a chance or forum yet to do that. I would like to thank all the members of this community that have been a part of Sky’s life….his friends and their parents, his teachers at Silva Valley, Rolling Hills, and Union Mine High School; his Cub Scout, 4-H, and Civil Air Patrol leaders, his cross country, track, soccer, baseball, and Jr. Trojan football camp coaches. You know who you are. You did a great job. Thank you.
I would like to thank everyone in this community who sent my sons letters and packages during their deployments. This includes students and teachers of the Buckeye Union School District, the El Dorado County Board of Realtors, the Blue Star Mothers, Golden Spoke bike shop, Beretta Physical Therapy, many friends and individuals, and the El Dorado group that even sent Christmas trees abroad. Your packages of drink mixes, socks, jerky, etc. were greatly appreciated.
Additionally, I would like to add a thank you for all the law enforcement, fire, EOD, and other emergency services that participated in Sky’s arrival home. A special thank you to the Friends of the EDC Veterans Monument and the pilots of the fly-by salute lead by flight leader Chuck Wahl in honor of my son.
I would like to personally encourage the community to come out to the Veterans Day celebration at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument on Nov. 11 th at 11 a.m. We will honor those from our community who currently serve the cause of freedom and those who have in the past, including Sky. He will be honored with a dedication of a granite bench that will forever stand as a reminder of his sacrifice.
RUSSELL AND MARCIA MOTE AND FAMILY