Pennsylvania Family Gifts Mourning Liberty Hill Family Handmade Flags

Dylan Bowen, 27, loved to serve his country. He served six years in the US Navy.

“He was a very adventurous person. He loved to travel, discover the cultures of different countries,” said his mother Marcia Freeman.

When he returned home, the war still followed him. Bowen ended up taking his own life in 2021, leaving his family in indescribable pain.

“I don’t think they should have to fight their demons alone. I wish that was what my brother knew,” said Dakota Freeman, her brother.

A year later, the Liberty Hill family came to the Veterans Memorial in Cedar Park to reflect on their loved one and remember the life they lived. Little did they know Carrie Hendershot and her family would deliver handmade, satin-finished flags with the weight of plaques in Bowen’s honor.

“I am speechless, Marcia said.

The Hendershots traveled from Pennsylvania to hand deliver the two flags. They hope to release data from the Department of Veterans Affairs that 22 veterans kill themselves per day.

“We love being able to present something in honor of a loved one to a family, but it’s also very sad because our work kind of stems from a tragedy,” said Hendershot.

The Freemans will continue to visit the park each year to reflect on Bowen’s life, and they want to remind veterans that they are never alone.

“Talk to people. Talk to your loved ones. No matter how strong you think you have to be, you don’t have to be that strong. You have more people who love you than you think,” said Brad Freeman, his father. .

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The service is free.

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