GREENSBORO, N.C.– Monday is the first Memorial Day without the bravest member of the Brazas family.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean E. Brazas was killed in combat last May in Afghanistan.
The 26-year-old, Navy K-9 handler graduated from Western Guilford High School left behind a wife and a young daughter.
“I’ll never get over it, nor do I want to. I’ll learn to live with it but I’ll never get over it,” said Ed Brazas, Sean’s father.
A sniper shot Sean while he was helping his unit into a helicopter. Sean’s K-9, Sicario, was with him during the attack and survived. Sicario suffers from PTSD, but is training to go back into combat to help save lives.
Sean’s father says Memorial Day isn’t the only day we should remember those who sacrificed for our country.
“It shouldn’t just be two days a year, because they don’t work two days a year. They work every day of the year,” Ed said.
Even though Ed’s time with Sean was cut short, somehow they still managed to make great memories.
“He still talks to me. He was a big Zac Brown Band fan, and one of his favorite songs was ‘Knee Deep in the Water’ so anytime I hear that I feel like Sean’s saying ‘Hey how you doing. It’s all good, It’s all good,’ as he would say,” Ed said.
Sean was buried at Arlington National Cemetery two plots away from his grandfather, who was a WWII veteran.
In Sean’s honor, his family is starting a scholarship for a deserving student at Western Guilford High School.