When a mom brought her two sons to visit their father’s grave for the first time, the two brothers didn’t cry. Instead, what they did was so touching that she couldn’t help but snap a few photos for keepsakes.
On Nov. 20, 2017, Kait Brazel, of Colorado Springs, took her two young sons, Mason and Mylan Brazel, to visit their military father’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. This was the first time they had seen their father’s headstone after he died at the age of 37 on July 31 from stage IV rectal cancer.
At the cemetery, her two boys, ages 8 and 5, lay down in front of the headstone and told their dad, Staff Sgt. Alfred Brazel, of their recent accomplishments.
“Mylan shared with him how he had earned his uniform and belt in his fight class, and how he went to a Halloween party and won a cake,” Brazel recalled to ABC News. “Mason told him how he got a trophy for his breaststroke in his swim competition. They updated him on their lives.”
Mylan, the youngest, even took a nap.
“We brought a blanket. Mylan said he felt like he could feel his daddy, and he wanted to take a nap with him,” Brazel said.
“He is laying there taking a nap with his dad and Mason is beside him praying. They took time together with each other and I just stood back,” she added.
Brazel took a photo of the touching moment. But an even more surprising moment was waiting for her when it was time to leave.
Mylan stopped and said to Brazel, “Wait, I have to go back and give Daddy a hug.”
As Mylan wrapped his arms around his dad’s gravestone, Brazel snapped a photo of it.
“I’m positive that they’re going to remember him forever,” Brazel said.
The young boys had “not once cried” since their dad passed away, as Brazel had told them to view the passing in a different way.
“I tell them, ‘We are here as tools for God. God knew that Daddy was a really strong person, and there were some people God couldn’t reach unless he used Daddy as a tool,’” Brazel explained. “That’s how we went with it and how we justified it. That’s what we believe.
“Fred’s mission in life was to reach people and bring them to God and just smile. There was nothing he didn’t fulfill in life because he lived his life to the fullest every single day. He fulfilled everything he needed to here on this earth. We’re just really proud of him in how he fought.”
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