Touring the country, remembering the fallen
In May, I wrote about Noala Fritz, a Richardson County mother who lost much, but has since given much. The retired teacher raised three boys, watched all three become Army officers, and then watched the burial of her middle son, Jacob, after he was killed in Iraq in 2007. Since July 2017, she’s spent most of her time traveling the country with the Remembering Our Fallen National Memorial, which honors more than 5,000 U.S. military members killed in the war on terror. The Gold Star mother helps set up and tear down, but she also plays a more important role — helping visitors drawn to the memorial because they lost a loved one, too. She understands their feelings of pride and honor and grief and loss. So she listens to them. She consoles them. And sometimes, she cries with them.