This is Kay Slocum’s favorite picture of her son Ricky, taken the last time they saw each other before he deployed to Iraq with the 1/3 Marines out of Hawaii.
Always a "tough guy," Ricky viewed the military as a way to serve his country while gaining new skills and discipline, his father, Robert, said after his death.
"Ricky felt the Marines would make a man of him," he said. "It definitely did."
Ricky was just 19 when he was killed eleven years ago today.
2/2/85 - 10/24/04
My thoughts and prayers are with Kay, Bob, and all of Ricky’s family and friends as they celebrate his life today during the annual candlelight vigil at their home. I promise to remember him always.
Ricky will be forever in my heart.