But thanks to the efforts of Dream Come True of Louisiana and the Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Brennan is getting his wish.
His mother had already started a Facebook page called Brennan’s Brigade that kept everyone informed about his cancer. People from all over the world had left encouraging remarks and support. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan too, have left wonderful and uplifting remarks, and one group posted a picture of themselves holding an American flag and telling Brennan that the flag was flying for him.
Once Dreams Come True got wind of his condition, they contacted the Fort Polk Community Relations Office which made some arrangements for some of the soldiers there to attend Brennan’s 10th birthday party. Brennan thought he was going fishing, but instead he was greeted by a formation of the 1st MEB soldiers, who were standing at attention and shouting “Happy Birthday” and clapping for Brennan.
Brennan then got to go for a ride in a Humvee and then shake hands with each of the soliders. But his day wasn’t over yet; he was also inducted into the Army as an honorary member and given a coin that stood for merit and excellence, a military jacket and other gifts.
Finally, the mayor of Sulphur, La., where Brennan lives, gave him the key to the city and made him the honorary Mayor for the day.
His mother was very impressed and thankful for the soldiers who took time out of their busy schedules for one little boy and said it said quite a lot about our men and women serving in the military.
The soldiers too were touched by the experience. They said it was good to give back and that it put things in perspective for them and taught them that we shouldn’t take our children for granted.
Ten-year-old Brennan had just one word for his experience with the soliders….Awesome.