Honoring heroes on Armed Forces Day

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Updated: 5/18/2013 9:29 pm Published: 5/18/2013 9:28 pm

Darrel Carver returned home from Vietnam in 1970. He drove military trucks, and unless you know him, his injures are not visible.

"I came home with PTSD,” said Darrel Carver.

He suffered his deepest wound six years ago, stateside.

"It’s tough knowing your 19-year-old son gave his life and you're still living," said Darrel Carver.

Cody Carver had only been in the army eight months when his mother, Pam got a knock at the door that changed her life forever.

"Those words, I regret to inform you,” said Pam Carver.

That moment follows her every day. It sent her into a depression deeper than she could've ever imagined.

"We take it one day at a time, one day at a time," said Darrel Carver.

Pam and Darrell never saw the body, just a coffin covered with an American flag. Since they never saw Cody’s face, in a way denial lives on.

"You hope it, but you know it’s not true,” said Darrel Carver.

On this day, they came to honor him, along with everyone who sacrificed. Dozens of American flags were retired at the event. Most of the flags were faded, tattered but still important.

"My son fought and died for that flag,” said Pam Carver.

All of it was a salute to our country, a salute to our heroes.

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