Schofield Families Remember Fallen Loved Ones

Angelita Bright
Angelita Bright

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (KHNL) - Benjimen Dorado was a husband, a father of nine, and a U.S. Army soldier.

"He's a good man," said Natividad Dorado, his 87-year-old widow. "Very good father for my children, you know."

Dorado served in World War II and the Korean War.

"He liked being in the military," said his daughter Angelita Bright. "From the time he was a young boy, he worked in the base, and that's how he got in the military back in the Philippines."

The retired Army master sergeant died in 1971. He's buried at Schofield Barracks.

On this Memorial Day, the Dorado family and others gather here to honor fallen soldiers. A wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Memorial Day means remembering the fallen soldiers that have fought in the war and those that have sacrificed their lives for freedom," said Bright.

These families keep their loved ones close to their hearts, and wish they were with them today.

"But we're very, very proud of him and we love him very much," said Bright.

"I bet he's looking now, looking at me and laughing at me, and telling me, oh you're a good one," said Natividad Dorado.

They hope Americans take some time to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

"I would only ask that they respect the fallen heroes," said Bright. "And be thankful for the freedom that we all enjoy."

More than 25 Schofield soldiers have died in the war in Iraq.