Navy Veteran Who Interviewed Gold Star Families in 50 States Ends Journey, Stories Live on in Library of Congress

Newsweek 1 month ago

A retired Navy veteran who traveled all over the country to interview Gold Star families about the loved ones they had lost in active duty finished his 428-day trek on Friday.

Beginning in World War I, the families of U.S. soldiers and sailors often flew flags that had a blue star for each member of the family serving in the military. If one of them died in battle, the blue star was changed to a gold star.

Keith Sherman began his project, Gold Star Dirt, in August 2018 to tell the stories of fallen service members and bring awareness to the unprecedented sacrifices Gold Star families have made for this nation. Sherman's project has also been working in tandem with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

After completing his 50-state journey, Sherman told Newsweek that it felt "surreal."

"It's a metamorphosis. It's been really emotional," he said.

On his first trip to the Library of Congress, the totality of the project and the lives it would shape led to an emotional resolve.

"When I walked in, I broke down," said Sherman. "I had a moment with myself: this is where the stories are going."

"It renewed me to continue, to deliver stories of love, honor and sacrifice to the Library of Congress. To keep going."

He dropped off 20 stories that day—raw footage of families honoring their loved ones who died for this country.

When asked what message civilians should take from this project, Sherman wanted everyone to know that the fallen are real people who aren't just on a monument, and that every day is like Memorial Day for the families who lost them.

Sherman suggested that people ask Gold Star family members about the loved ones they lost because most of them are happy to talk about them and hope for the opportunity.

One of the last states Sherman visited was Hawaii to interview McKenna Scobie, who lost her husband, Drew Scobie, in 2014. Sherman said all the stories he'd heard were so special, it was too hard to choose just one, but relayed a recent story about the Scobies.

Gold Star family and Keith Sherman

The couple was young when they got pregnant with their first child, Duke. When Scobie found out, he looked at his wife and started singing Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," which was a special moment she would never forget.

They eventually got married and Scobie found out she was expecting again. Her husband died in Afghanistan six months later. At the memorial, Scobie took her husband's ashes and put them in a traditional Hawaiian pu'olu.

She and her sister-in-law swam out into the ocean and Scobie, six months pregnant, dove down to the bottom of the ocean. She opened the pu'olu and swam through his ashes to the surface.

"He thought they were having a boy, but Scobie gave birth to a baby girl named Drew, after her father," said Sherman.

"Now Drew takes a picture of her father to what she now calls Daddy's Beach."

Drew Scobie

After 428 days of journeying to these families, taking on their tragedies and sitting with their stories, Sherman plans on taking time to reflect and spend time decompressing with his girlfriend, a helicopter pilot in the Navy.

With so much footage, there could be a book in the works to tell the stories of these fallen heroes. One Gold Star father said this should be made into a movie.

The Library of Congress donation ceremony date is November 1, and every Gold Star family that has participated in the project will be invited to see their loved one's story be donated into the National Archives.

Source link
Read also:
Fox News › 2 weeks ago
Navy veteran Keith Sherman made a special delivery on Friday to the Library of Congress, where he donated more than 50 stories of Gold Star families that he spent the past year and a half documenting across the country.
Breitbart › Lifestyle › 4 days ago
A Navy veteran who served for 29 years has been gifted a new smile thanks to the help of Dr. Jamiah Dawson, a Navy veteran and Navy dentist.
Concord Monitor › 2 weeks ago
The director of the Hopkinton Town Library, Donna Dunlop, was recently named the New Hampshire Library Director of the Year by the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association.The town will celebrate her on Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the library...
Breitbart › 5 days ago
A Navy veteran struggling to make ends meet after Hurricane Florence damaged his North Carolina home has received a new roof free of charge.
Los Angeles Times › Opinions › 1 month ago
In a recent letter, Balboa Island resident Bob McCaffrey opposed the proposed Library Lecture Hall at the Newport Beach Central Library ("Newport library doesn’t need to build a lecture hall," Oct. 9.)
UPI › 2 weeks ago
The mystery of a library book returned to a Pennsylvania library 71 years past its due date was solved with help from the person whose library card was found inside the book.
The Sun › 1 week ago
A MUM of five faces JAIL for returning a pair of library books two years late. Melinda Saunders-Jones could be caged for 93 days after borrowing ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ and ‘Night’ from a library in Michigan, US. She was alerted to the charge...
Business Insider › Technology › 2 months ago
A group of videos, including one published by The New York Times in 2017, shows US Navy pilots baffled by mysterious objects in the sky. The Navy has confirmed that the footage is of real "unidentified" objects. A Navy spokesman told The Black Vault...
Business Insider › 1 month ago
The US Navy's shipbuilding plans may require $200 billion more than the Navy estimates it needs to field a 355-ship force by 2049. The Navy says it needs $660 billion over the next 30 years, but the Congressional Budget Office says the figure could...
Business Insider › 1 month ago
On October 13, the US Navy turns 244 years old. The US Navy dates back to the founding of the Continental Navy, and has been a vital part of US security ever since, from the Civil War and World War II, to Operation Desert Storm, to countering Chinese...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google