Little Jaden saw her father. "Dada," the infant said as she reached out and touched his picture. She remembered his face. But she was too young to remember much else.
She was too young to remember that Daddy died in Iraq two months ago. But her mom remembered everything.
"It's been unbelievable," Amanda Barron said.
Jaden's mom is just now coming to grips with Spc. Barron's tragedy at war.
"All I can say is that I put all my faith in God," she said. "And I just trust that he's going to take me through it."
Members of Biloxi's Military Order of Purple Heart chapter can empathize with Mrs. Barron. They've suffered war wounds. They know what the battlefield can do to soldiers, and to families. So whenever they can, they honor the memory of fallen war heroes.
John Morash invited Mrs. Barron to Friday's ceremony.
"The main reason behind it, and what she should see is that a grateful nation recognizes the sacrifice that her husband made," he said.
Since the May 23 tragedy, Mrs. Barron has received an outpouring of support from all walks of life. The Purple Heart tribute was another meaningful moment in her long road to recovery.
"It means so much. I don't even have words to express my gratitude for things they do for the men and women that are killed over there. It's unbelievable," she said.
Jaden won't remember Friday's short ceremony. But when she gets older, she'll be able to look at the Purple Heart plaque, and see just how many lives her daddy touched.
Spc. Barron had two daughters -- Jaden and eight year old Hayley. The soldier was 26 years old.
by Brad Kessie
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