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  1. Mary Bush

    Awwww, A, this made me cry. In a good way. So very glad that the SGT Dawson’s family found your site.

  2. pictimilitude

    This was a beautiful read! I shared this with my husband over breakfast just now. How touching and you just never know where blogging is going to take you. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Dana

    Amazing! I hope that you and your Ezra can meet his namesake’s family one day soon. Thank you for sharing your story; it will make me smile for the rest of the day.

  4. Oh, what a beautiful story. How wonderful that the internet brought you together. Funny, my great niece just named her twin boy Ezra this week. This is not to toot my horn but my husband created a moving video in honor of our service men and women. You and your husband might enjoy shedding a tear or two. I always do. BTW, my husband was in the Marines and the Air Force. http://www.apartfrommyart.com/when-i-come-home/

  5. Oh.wow. So glad I read this and was introduce to both Ezra’s.

    My husband was military and ten years ago next week, lost a member of their battalion in Iraq. It was just a few days after my husband made it home, ahead of the rest because he was discharging. I never met the young man, and he and my husband weren’t friends or knew each other well, but it still impacted me deeply to sit at his memorial, with my husband who had just returned. I was 9 months pregnant, and promised his mom that my son would grow up knowing of hers. Every year we talk about Wayne, and the past two years I’ve written about him on my blog. Some of his family found it through tags also- and for that I’m so thankful.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

  6. justyn

    I knew Ezra Dawson before he re-enlisted. We worked together, hung out together, he pushed me to do stand up comedy. We drifted apart and then reconnected. Its been years but I still think about the best friend I once had. Your story brings a smile to know that you honored him in such an amazing way.

  7. Anita Hunter

    I had to comment, cause I know Ezra every since he was 4, he grow up with us, he was are preachers son he was a good kid, Ezra even learned to preach at an early age like 7, he was funny , he loved to make people laugh. I never saw him upset are down are even sad he was always happy and trying to make others happy. I never though he would be taken I mean he was a preachers child. anyway, I had to share about him so he would not be forgotten ever.
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  8. kawana dawson

    Hello I’m Ezra Dawson niece…..I didn’t know till now about what you have done for my uncle. I’m glad that someone did something so special like this for him in his name. Glad to know my uncle made alot of people happy. Hope one day we could meet your son Ezra. Again thanks aprille!!!

  9. Ashley Alicea

    This is such a beautiful story, and so similar to my own. I am so glad I came across your blog. My husband was also in the military and Ezra Dawson was a good friend of his. I had the pleasure of meeting him, and spending some time : with him before that deployment. My husband and I also named our second son after him, his middle name is Dawson. This truly made my day to read this story and I can’t wait to share it with my husband!

    Ashley Alicea

  10. The title of this post had me curious but I wasn’t expecting it to be so sweet and touching. What a beautiful reason for choosing your son’s name <3

  11. Abigail Jewell

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story… Though our bloodline made us cousins, Ezra was more like a brother to us – my siblings & I. As I write this & the tears begin to flow, I am truly blessed to know that a piece of our hero lives on thru your son. May God ever bless your family & may there always be a special grace that rests upon your sweet baby boy Ezra…

    • Abigail, thank you for sharing your story and feeling with me. We honored your Ezra by visiting his resting place at Arlington this morning. Our Ezra will be 6 in two weeks and any time he meets someone new and they ask him his name, he tells them about Ezra Dawson! It is so precious.

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