An image of two boys laying by their father’s gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery in capturing hearts around the country.
Young brothers Mason and Mylan Brazel traveled from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Washington D.C. to visit their father’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery in November. Their mother, Kait Brazel, told ABC News that the boys wanted to spend some quality time with their dad during the visit.
“We brought a blanket. Mylan said he felt like he could feel his daddy, and he wanted to take a nap with him,” said Kait.
Her husband, Staff Sgt. Alfred “Fred” Brazel died in July from rectal cancer. He was only 37 years old.
Kait said her sons were excited to share some big life updates with their dad when they visited his new gravestone.
“Mylan shared with him how he had earned his uniform and belt in his fight class, and how he went to a Halloween party and won a cake. Mason told him how he got a trophy for his breaststroke in his swim competition. They updated him on their lives,” said Kait.
As the family prepared to leave the cemetary, Mylan ran back to the gravestone one last time to give the headstone a hug.
“He said, ‘Wait, I have to go back and give Daddy a hug,’” recalled Kait.
Kait said though it was a heartbreaking visit for her, she said she’s happy because she knows her sons will never forget their father.