Family of fallen Marine explains sentimental value of coin stolen from grave
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:11:14 GMT —
Vicky Arnold's son Jeremy sacrificed everything for his country.
"I never imagined one of my boys would never come home," says Arnold.
Lance Cpl. Jeremy Lasher was killed by an IED while serving in Afghanistan five years ago.
"When you lose a child, I don't care how you lose them, the pain never goes away," says Arnold.
To deal with that pain, she visits his grave in oneida at least twice a week, but the day after Memorial Day, she noticed something missing. It was a medallion put on his headstone by his brother-in-law, Kyle Castle, a fellow marine who was with him when the explosion hit.
Jeremy Lasher left behind his loving wife, Andrea and his son, Caden, who was one-years-old at the time. Andrea Lasher says the medallion means a lot to both of them.
"It symbolizes what they went through together. It symbolizes what Jeremy stood for. It symbolizes what every fallen marine stands for," says Lasher.
Andrea and Caden now live in Arizona.
Every year since Jeremy was killed his family gets together with the community in Oneida in July to release balloons in his honor. Caden is flying in with his mother wanted to leave a gift he had made for Father's Day on his gravesite, but now he's afraid that will get stolen too.
"I now have my 6-year-old grandson who's afraid to leave a gift for his dad because somebody might take it," says Arnold.
does not blame the cemetery at all and
is hopeful the medallion will be returned.
"The coin is not worth any money. It can't even be melted down and be worth anything," says Arnold.
But when it comes to sentimental value, it's a coin worth everything to this family.
State Police are also investigating, and anyone with information (or the medal) can call 366-6000.