CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – On Memorial Day, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but it’s also a time to honor the families of those fallen military men and women for their sacrifice.
Chicopee leaders, servicemen and women, families and friends were at the city’s Veterans’s Memorial Monday morning to remember America’s warriors who gave their lives to protect our freedom.
“When you sign up and take the oath, you write a check for up to and including your life, and you know it. You step forward to do that. Some of them get cashed, and that’s why we are here today,” Army First Sergeant Kevin Mulcahey said.
For Ron and Gwen DuPont of Chicopee, it’s a sacrifice they feel every day. Their son, Army Master Sergeant Kevin DuPont, died in 2009. He suffered critical burns to more than 60% of his body, after his humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Gwen DuPont told 22News that her son died doing what he loved, and that he was born to be a soldier.
“We know he’s there. We have a big picture of him in the kitchen. We talk to him,” she said. “We are thankful we had time with him before he went to heaven.”
“We’re very proud of him. He’s our hero.”
Each year since Kevin’s death, a scholarship in his name is awarded to seniors at Chicopee High School and Chicopee Comprehensive High School. Gwen said it gives her pride and peace to know her son’s legacy will be remembered by their community.
“No matter where we go everybody knows Kevin. Kevin the hero.”