U.S. Army Pfc. Mike Metcalf: Florida mother remembers son, fallen U.S. Army soldier, on Memorial Day

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- - More than two years have passed since she lost her son, but it still does not feel real for Kim Metcalf of Boynton Beach.

“I think today is the hardest day of all,” said Metcalf.

It is Memorial Day and memories are all Kim Metcalf now has of her only child Mike Metcalf.

While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Pfc. Mike Metcalf was killed when an IED hit the truck he was driving. He was only 22-years-old.

“It never gets easier. They say it’s easier with time. I think it’s getting worse,” said Metcalf.

On Monday, Metcalf visited a bench in Boynton Beach that was built to honor her son. She placed a flag that fellow soldiers who served with her son sent from Afghanistan signed and mailed to her.
“It was his destiny for this to happen. I don’t know why at this time, but life does go on and there’s a purpose for us here,” said Metcalf.

The purpose and legacy of Pfc. Mike Metcalf is now cemented in history.

The pain of a mother’s loss never goes away. It is only helped along by the generosity of others.

“I come home and there’s flowers on the door step. People come and hand me things. And that’s why I cry because I’m proud and they really care,” said Metcalf.

On the hardest day of the year, Metcalf has only one simple request this Memorial Day.

“I hope everybody thinks of that. Just stops and takes a minute to think, other than themselves and having fun, what these men and women are doing,” said Metcalf. “They’re fighting for us.”