Years after veteran's death, mother to receive more of his belongings
May 28, 2018 05:45 PM
ROSWELL, N.M. – Families and friends of fallen heroes gathered at the General Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery for a Memorial Day ceremony. Among those paying their respects was a mother who lost her son 14 years ago.
On Aug. 5, 2004, Sgt. Moses Daniel Rocha was killed in action during his second tour in Iraq. The 33-year-old Marine left behind a teenage daughter who is now 29-years-old.
"I haven’t received flowers since he passed away. No matter if he was overseas, he would always send me flowers for Mother’s Day and my birthday," said Velina Sanchez, Rocha’s mother.
Sanchez said Rocha was the backbone of the family. He was her first born and her golden child, she said.
Her pain returns on Memorial Day, his birthday and on the anniversary of his death anniversary. She said she can’t enjoy Memorial Day like everyone else who haven’t lost someone to war.
"Every Memorial Day, (to me) it means the loss of those that we love," Sanchez said. "The loss of those that we no longer have, but they will always be printed in our hearts."
Sanchez said three days ago, her family received a call from the Marine Corps asking for her address to send some items that belonged to her son. The items were found at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California.
She will include those items to her memorial space in her living room. She has keepsakes from her son's civilian and military life.
Sanchez said Rocha loved soccer, and his gravestone was designed as a soccer ball. Pictures of him with his family, friends and at Iraq covered the walls. His uniforms, medals and other belongings are kept in two glass cabinets.
She doesn’t know what the items are or when the package will arrive, but she is anxious to receive it. Sanchez added that the items might bring her some closure, but she will never stop feeling the pain.
Created: May 28, 2018 05:45 PM
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