Our hats off to Lewisburg, Tennessee who opted for a different kind of marshall for thier 4th of July parade this year. While most parades are marshalled by a celebrity or local government politician, this year parade chairman, Jamie Bone wanted his grand marshal to be “someone who has truly made a difference in the world.”
[pullquote quote=”I don’t think you can give enough thanks to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.” credit=”Jamie Bone, Lewisburg Parade Chairman”]Chrissie Carpenter, the 22 year old widow of a US Marine shot in Afghanistan in February, is this year’s Grand Marshall.
During the procession, Chrissie will ride with her son in a horse-drawn wagon, followed by another wagon with the families of three Lewisburg veterans who died in recent years. Her son will be wearing a onesie that reads “My Daddy Died for Our Freedom.”
On Valentine’s Day, Chrissie received a call that her husband, Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter had been shot in the neck. He was put on a ventilator and transferred to Germany, but doctors stated that he had no brain activity. Chrissie was unable to travel with his family to Germany as she was 8 months pregnant with their first child. Instead, she communicated with doctors and family over the phone and five days later was forced to make the most difficult decision of her life – to turn off the ventilator.
Andrew died on February 19th and three weeks later, Chrissie gave birth to their son, Landon, a name they had picked out together. Photo here.
Sources: abcnews.com, klpw.com