The war took more than four-thousand American lives.
One of them was Army Sgt. Gregory Belanger from Deerfield.
His mother Kathleen remembers,”You have a choice, you can let the death of someone you love destroy you or you rise above it and celebrate their honor,” says Belanger.
Kathy Belanger chose to celebrate the life of her son , who was killed when the Humvee he was in hit a roadside bomb in Iraq.
It was August 27, 2003, just 5 days after Greg celebrated his 24th birthday.
On Wapping Road in Deerfield, there is a sign with Greg Belanger’s name on it, in honor of the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. His mother says this community has not forgotten her son,”People have not forgotten the war, they haven’t forgotten how it can change a family’s life so dramatically, so for being in Deerfield and the people in my town I am so grateful for them,” says Kathy Belanger.
As the U.S. marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war this week, a military mom still wonders about involvement there,”There are still many unanswered questions , I don’t know if we will ever get the answers , or even the truth but I do support the men and women who put their lives on the line,” says Kathy Belanger.
And as she supports America’s fighting men and women, Kathy Belanger remembers a son who did not return from war,”As a mother his legacy is his big, blue eyes, and his impishness, he was a leader , his legacy will be he was a t0wn boy that gave his life for his country,” says Belanger.