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Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino 2nd Anniversary

Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino 4 Dec 1985 - 5 Nov 2010

There are some who bring a light so great to the world
that even after they have gone, the light continues.
Two years later......

It was two years ago today that we received the heartbreaking news that no one ever wants to hear about our son SGT. Michael F. Paranzino. Where has all that time gone? There were minutes and days that in of themselves seemed like eternities yet as we look back, so much is a blur. But a few important things stand out. First and foremost is that Michael died serving his country and his sacrifice means a great deal to a great many. He is loved and will be remembered as our hero forever. This world is a better place because of Michael. He touched the lives of many people who he cared about and who have benefited because of him. He leaves behind parents, his wife Lindsey, his sons Logan and Max, his brother Daniel, and so many friends and fellow soldiers that it is impossible to name them all here.

His family appreciates the outpouring of support and caring that has come our way from our community, the military, and so many of his friends and our friends and associates. He has been the focus of special honors including the dedication and naming after him of the SGT Michael F. Paranzino Army Reserve Center that is on the Newport Navy Base. Also, this past summer the Quonset Air Show that featured the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds was dedicated in Michael’s honor. During that experience Max and Logan met with the Thunderbird pilots, received gifts and autographs from them and enjoyed the opportunity to touch the jet that had their father’s name painted onto it for that day. Afterward, 4 ½ y o Max ran back to us and exclaimed “this is the best day of my life”.

We have been on special journey since this all started. Some days have been a struggle for sure. Our grief continues and shows up from day to day in so many little ways as well as in some overshadowing and very big ways. Most recently we attended a grief workshop that was sponsored by TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Needless to say it was a very emotional day but it was well worth it. It reinforced for us the value that is associated with having known and loved our son and in always remembering and honoring him. We hold onto the idea that he set an example and that he inspires us. Going forward we hope live up to that example.

His parents,

Francis Paranzino

Melane Paranzino

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Leave RI November 05, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Very solemn moment at the dedication last year. Met his nice family and friends. The plaque on the wall of the entrance is very well done and professional.
Ted Geisel November 07, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Mr. and Mrs. Paranzino, Thank you for your son and for all he did for us.
John Garagliano November 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Mr. & Mrs Paranzino, Thank you from my heart for your son's sacrifice and your eloquent words. Our country is a better place because of people like Michael and you.
CJ November 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
that even after they have gone, the light continues. Beautiful words and so true because today as I read you words and see the pictures of your son his light is continues into the hearts of us who didnt know his story before today......My prayers for you both and all those who love him. Thank you for your son and the sacrifice you have all mad..some gave all.......Not enough words to thank Michael for that..God bless you all......
John Tattrie November 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Mr & Mrs Paranzino, My deepest simpathy to both of you, and my heartfelt gratitude for his contribution for our country & Freedom that we all take for granted. Having lost a child, I know first hand the feelings that you both battle with, My Hope for you both is that with time a healing begins, stay strong. Your family is in our prayers. .

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