Janice Chance: Memorial Day reflection – My son died in Afghanistan, but his memory lives on in America

I come from a long line of service-oriented people. So, it came as no surprise to me when my son, Jesse, shared that he was joining the military

Our family has a rich history of distinguished military service and Jesse was so excited to continue our family’s story by adding his chapter. His decision to serve was influenced by his grandfather, a WWII veteran who served during Pearl Harbor, and his father, a Vietnam veteran. 

Jesse Melton III is commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

It was a different world when Jesse joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997. I remember there was an ease to that time of life. I could walk right up to the airplane departure gate and kiss my son goodbye. And it seemed like the biggest challenge that year was trying to buy early tickets for the movie, “Titanic.” But just a few short years later in 2001, everything changed.

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My son, now Capt. Jesse Melton III, was called to serve over in Iraq and then Afghanistan. The pit I previously had in my stomach

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