CLAY Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Arronn Fields was killed in action on May 21, 2012 in Afghanistan.
Fields served in the United States Army as a specialist for 6 years before he died.
Memorial Day took on a new meaning for his parents, Jackie and Bill Pilkin, after he died.
“We used to be one of those families who loved a three day weekend and barbecue and fireworks or whatever. When Arronn died the real meaning of Memorial Day hit,” Bill Pilkin said.
Jackie Pilkin said her youngest son was the light of her life.
“He was the best part of me and I’m very proud of him. When he was younger, he was very shy and he didn’t speak much and it took him a long time to warm up to people,” she said.
She said Arronn’s attitude changed when he joined the military.
“When he went into the army it really built up his inner strength. It built up his ability to talk to people and just be an all around great guy,” she noted.
They said on May 21, 2012, their greatest fear became a reality.
“The only blessing that we had was that morning he had called and talked to his mom. So she got to talk to him and actually say goodbye. Not knowing that would be the last time that she would get to say goodbye. That was a blessing and then it was just a whirlwind after that,” he said.
Arronn’s parents want to make sure his name lives on forever, by helping others in his honor.
“Maybe it’ll be a breakfast or lunch basket or something special to others to do something really wonderful and i plan on putting in a card telling them about Arronn and one the really big posters we have on the door,” she said.
Arronn’s family and friends gather every year on May 21 to celebrate his life.