Yesterday I received a phone call that completely changed my day and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I was told that one of my classmates at De La Salle had passed away. Michael Parros had just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in May and was commissioned as an infantry officer. He planned to attend the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course after completing Ranger School. I know that Michael would have had no trouble completing his goal because just like when we were at De La Salle together, nothing was going to stand in his way of accomplishing a task when he set his mind to it. His hard work and determination was the key behind many of Michael’s successes. However, the thing that I will always remember about Michael, or as he was known to all his friends and teammates, Parros, was the upbeat, fun-loving attitude that he walked around with every day. We will never truly understand the reason that Michael had to leave us so early in his life but it is not for us to question. Maybe God needed somebody in heaven to make him laugh and smile and we all know how good Michael was at putting a smile on our faces. You will be missed and thought of every day by all of your brothers at De La Salle Michael! RIP
In our latest video, Freddie helped me to find understanding in the passing of my friend. It is still a tough thing to understand but I hope this video and Freddie’s insight will help you too.