‘Snapshot of their memories:’ Gold Star widow reflects on Memorial Day

Posted on AllSides May 29th, 2023
From The Center
Courtesy of the Hufstedler family

Memorial Day — the beginning of summer, campouts, barbeques and lazy days at the lake. That is what Memorial Day used to mean to me. On March 31, 2004, the day took on a completely different meaning, and now it and the days surrounding it are spent reflecting on the lives of those who died in the service of their country. My husband, 1st Lt. Doyle M. Hufstedler, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. He was 25. Four others died with him.

Nearly every Memorial Day, our daughter,...

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