A few weeks ago I wrote about the wish angel I lost and then found. In that post, I mentioned that my cousin Jason died in Iraq in July 2005. It's been a struggle, sometimes very public, for our family, and most especially and obviously for his parents.
After his death, my aunt and uncle decided to honor his memory by having a playground built at the church he attended. Jason, or JJ as we called him when he was a little boy, loved children and my Aunt Anne and Uncle Chris thought it would be a fitting and lasting tribute to him. It's been in the works for 3 years, but this morning Anne e-mailed all of us pictures of JJ's Playground. There is a formal dedication planned in March, but it's open for playing now. I think Jason would approve.
If you're interested in reading about Jason, his parents, and the playground, click here. On Memorial Day this year, Anderson Cooper featured an interview with Aunt Anne and Uncle Chris on Anderson Cooper 360. To see part of the interview, click here.