21-Day Salute – Day 13

A child’s ultimate sacrifice


Wreaths Across America (WAA) is enacting a 21-Day Salute, recognizing groups and individuals who exemplify the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. The organization has a goal to place a wreath at every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, but they have a dream that people across the country will share the mission of WAA for generations.

It’s been nearly seven years since Army Spc. Dustin Harris made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Harris, 21, of Patten, Maine, was assigned to the 172 nd Brigade Support Battalion and the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, when he lost his life to a roadside bomb. For his parents, Lorna and Scott Harris, the memory of their son – inspired to join the military after 9/11 – and his commitment to protecting American freedoms is something they reflect on daily.

For the Harris’, each piece of Wreaths Across America’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is important to ensuring the memory of their son and those that have sacrificed it all for our freedoms. “It’s not just a name on a stone. Each person was someone’s son, daughter, each person was loved and needs to be remembered,” said Lorna. “We’ll never know why Dustin was taken away from us, but through participating in programs such as Wreaths Across America, we have been fortunate to meet so many wonderful, caring people. Maybe we were brought together for this purpose,” she adds.

To speak with Lorna and Scott Harris directly, learn more about their son Dustin, and their reasons for supporting Wreath Across America, please contact:

Amber Caron
(207) 513-6457

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