A Memorial For a Hero


Across the country, people are remembering our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, but for a Montgomery County family, they remember one particular hero with a special tribute.

Keeping the flowers watered for his grandson Dustin Gross is the job of Satch Brown as described by him. For Brown, who visits the cemetery seven days a week, every day is Memorial Day.

“Even when it snows I’m out here,” Brown said.


It’s been just over a year since Dustin died in Afghanistan when his unit was struck with an IED, and each day his grandfather visits his grave is really no different than the day before, except that now, a life-size statue of U.S. Army Private Dustin Gross stands tall atop his grave.

“We’ve been waiting so long. It’s like getting back a piece of him,” Brown said.

The timing couldn’t have been better. The family could spend this Memorial Day with the special tribute with Dustin’s picture.

“I cried like a baby when I seen his picture there,” Brown said.

The statue is a reminder Brown certainly didn’t need, but is a memorial worthy of a hero, and perfect for visiting his grandson.

“Just come out and be around him, just makes me feel better,” Brown said. “I can’t explain it. I know one thing… I feel like he’s back again.”

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