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6th Annual Butterfly Circle of Friends 5K, Remembering Michael

Today was the 6th Annual 5K/1 Mile walk in Thompson Park, Monroe Twp, NJ. Despite the weather being cold and rainy for our 5K the overall day was filled with warm hearts and plenty of tears (happy tears). 70 participants did not let the weather stop them from coming to run or walk in remembrance…
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Another New Year Upon Us – 2018

Time to Reflect As the New Year is upon us makes me reflect on the things I dreamed of for Michael.  I never imagined when Michael was born that one day he would join the military or even fathomed he would die in a war.  As the new year rolls in Michael's 30th birthday is…
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Characters of his life……

The Boy before the Soldier [caption id="attachment_1020" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Photograph by Rob Wilson Photography[/caption] Teddy the blanket, Winnie the Pooh, “Go Go” Power Rangers, all things Disney, Ninja Turtles and Doug just to name a few. His favorite character of all was Teddy the blanket. Michael’s maternal grandmother who died when Michael was 3 years…
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Do They Know……

A Washington Post photographer captured this private moment of Sgt Brian Scott paying respects to Spc Michael Gonzalez on Memorial Day of 2010. When this picture was placed in a Memorial Day article on the Washington Post website it became very public.  The picture has circulated on Facebook post and placed in Meme’s, liked, loved,…
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Memorial Day Reflections…

Michael is laid to rest in Arlington Section 60 8735. Pedro and I do not go to Arlington on Memorial Day to many people for us. So we look for local services. This year we went to Sarasota National Cemetery since I thought their was a service today. But we were two days late and…
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“2016” We Did It!!!

As 2016 comes to an end, Butterfly Circle of Friends is grateful for all of our sponsors, donors, those who attend our fundraisers and our volunteers. This was one of the best giving years yet for BCOF. Besides helping individual veterans and their families thru out the year. We were able to reach our goal…
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