In honoring fallen veterans, the men and women who gave their lives in military service, families often commemorate their loved ones with folded flags, ornate gravesites or a 21-gun salute. These traditions weigh heavy on the hearts of grieving grown-ups and provide fond tokens of remembrance. But what about the kids?
What if there were a way to memorialize soldiers in a way that young children could understand and appreciate?
Well, a military mom from Georgia just may have found the answer.
Lisa Freeman’s son Matthew, a U.S. Marine, was killed in Afghanistan in August 2009, NY Daily News reports. After his passing, Freeman sought to comfort the youngest members of her family, along with the adults. With this in mind, she took Matthew’s military uniform and transformed it into something a kid would cherish — a teddy bear.
Because those closest to her loved the “Matthew Bears” so much, Freeman decided to expand her bear-making “business” into a non-profit organization that creates personalized teddy bears out of military materials for anyone who asks.
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