Thoughts on two young men


 

I want to share with you my thoughts on two young men that I’ve known and loved their entire lives.
 
The first, my godson & first cousin, Philip lost both parents at an early age.  He struggled with that, but chose  to get a degree and enlist in the United States Marine Corps.  His career was extremely successful, frequent deployments allowed him to visit many countries.  As a commanding officer with the rank of Captain, Philip was stationed in a small community in Iraq where he was much respected.  In June a suicide bomber ended his life and that of two other marines and several locals.  Phil left behind his lovely wife, Ginger, Austin (9) and adorable twins, Ashlee and Emilee (6).
 
The second is my youngest brother, Andrew.  He and Phil, always close, were both alter boys at my wedding.  The loss of his good friend has inspired him to action.  He has been training for months to run a 26k marathon this weekend. (I don’t remember him running for anything except dessert!)  He and another brother, Peter have developed a web site:
 
www.teamdykeman.com
 
I would appreciate you visiting the web site.  Andrew and TeamDykeman plan to raise $15,000 to establish a scholarship in Phil’s name.  If everyone sent just a few dollars the goal would be met.  Phil’s children,  Austin and the twins are now in the same school district their father was and will graduate from the high school he did in Central Square.  The family was deeply moved by the people of Oneida County on the day of Phil’s funeral.  The 23 mile trip from funeral home to church and then cemetery was lined with wonderful people of all ages, some in uniform, waving or holding flags in honor of a young man many didn’t know anything about except that he had been raised in the area.  There were literally hundreds of people, many had waited hours for the procession to pass them.
 
With pride, love and respect for these two young men….
 
Have a safe Halloween weekend,

Mary Bateman-Ferry
 
p.s. for those of you not living in NYS, YES, there is some snow on the ground this a.m.!

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