Wednesday, May 30, 2007
A family's sacrifice
This Memorial Day, the "News to Me" team wanted to do our part to honor the sacrifice of all the men and women who’ve given their lives in defense of this country. We looked through the many touching and heartfelt I-Reports sent in to CNN.com. There were so many stories. The feeling you got looking at these photos and reading the descriptions, made you wish you could feature all of them. One in particular left us truly touched.

Nicholle McLochlin sent in a photo of her with her three children, Connor, Kennedy, and Darby. The photo description simply read, "three days after my husband’s death." Nicholle went on to tell us that her husband, SGT. Major Jeffery A. McLochlin, a prior Army Ranger serving in the Indiana National Guard, had been killed in an ambush July 5th, 2006 in Afghanistan. In his civilian life, Jeffery was a police officer, but as Nicholle put it, "his true love was being a father of three."

This one submission summed up everything Memorial Day stood for, honor, family, sacrifice, and hope. The story of SGT. Major Jeffery McLochlin was the story for every man and woman who had given their life in all the years and in all the wars.

We asked Nicholle to tell her share her story on tape. We never knew what we were going to get would be so powerful. Watch Nicholle’s video diary. For more information about Jeffery McLochlin, go here.

Every now and then you get to tell a story that reminds you of why you work in the news business. The funny thing is we didn’t tell this story as much as let the story speak for itself. Our mission and goal at "News to Me" is to let the citizens of this country report and speak freely, much like the mission of one SGT. Major Jeffery McLochlin.

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