I came back from lunch and saw this hat on the desk. Thinking that someone had left it behind, I turned it over to see if his or her name was inside.
Instead I saw this 2014 funeral bulletin for a fallen trooper secured in the hat's dome. I teared up.
First Sgt. came back for his hat and saw me looking at the inside. "First Sgt.," I said. "That is so beautiful."
He is tall and lanky with a Virginia twang to his voice.
First Sgt. carefully secured his hat on his head, giving it a slight tilt with a thumb and index finger to the brim. He said in a matter-of- fact tone, "Yep, I carry Tommy wherever I go."
Valor Service Pride