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Young soldier remembered in Gold Star Mom ceremonies at VFW Post 404

December 24, 2018

MOHAVE VALLEY — “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” … Gen. George S. Patton.

That famous quote opened Gold Star Mom ceremonies for the mother of a young soldier, Lyric Lorenzo Young, who was killed in a car wreck while headed back to active duty in New York after a visit with family in the Tri-state.

Young, an E4 in the U.S. Army, had completed one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

American Gold Star Mothers Inc. is a veterans service organization of American mothers who have lost sons or daughters in service of the United State Armed Forces. It was chartered in 1928

The ceremonies for Yvette Mendez were held at Mohave Valley’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404. Said Senior Vice Commander Deuce Brandt, who conducted the ceremonies, “I never had the privilege of meeting Lyric myself, but from all I have heard he was an amazing brother, son, soldier, friend, man, community member and battle buddy. It is my extreme honor to represent the VFW 404 Post and Auxiliary in saying we are thankful for how Lyric lived and he will not be forgotten.”

This ceremony was unique in that a star has been registered, “In loving memory of Lyric Lorenzo Young. May you live on forever in the stars that shine as bright as your smile.”

Memorialized as No. 18317-5334-1162627 in the Star Naming Registry, the star in the constellation Ursa Major is found at coordinates RA: 11h02m46.92s DEC: +56º 17’43.8”

VFW Post 404 provides many services for area veterans. Visit the post at 10287 Barrackman Rd. in Mohave Valley. Call 928-788-3202.

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