"We want Michael to be proud of us, and we know he'd want us just to keep pushing through no matter what," says Gold Star Mother Tammy Stansbery.

Tammy's son Michael L. Stansbery Jr. U.S. Army is buried in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, and they reconnected on National Wreaths Across America Day 2016. Tammy and her husband, former Marine and professional driver Mike Stansbery of Tennessee had the honor of participating in a portion of the WAA Escort to Arlington as well as the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Uknown back in December.

Wreaths Across America met Mike back in 2015 when he picked up remembrance wreaths in Maine he was trucking to Fayetteville, Arkansas for J.B. Hunt.

As a Gold Star dad, Mike was given an opportunity to select a Family Tree among the balsam firs growing on the tip land in Washington County as part of the WAA Stem to Stone program.  At that time, Mike said he was honored to be transporting his truckload of respect to another part of the country, but would one day like to be involved with the Arlington events considering his son is buried there. When Mike tagged the tree in honor of Michael Jr., he described his son's devotion to the country.

The Stanbery's exemplify the strength of character and courage that has built this country. Despite their personal sacrifice of their son in service to the nation and Tammy's battle with cancer, they continue to push through their grief and physical challenges to serve as volunteers honoring the lives and sacrifices of others.

Wreaths Across America is grateful and gives thanks for the service and commitment of proud Americans like the Stansbery's.



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