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(Chicago Tribune) — Memorial Day is a tough one for parents who have lost a child in Iraq and Afghanistan. But then, they’re all tough. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Family gatherings.

“You never know when it’s going to catch you by surprise,” said Jim Frazier, whose 24-year-old son, Jacob, was killed in Afghanistan in 2003. “I can be driving down the Kennedy and something will hit me … and I’ll find myself choking up. You never really get over it.”

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