Gold star mothers, POWs among those recognized at ceremony

“The last thing we said to each other was I love you and talk to you later and I didn’t know that was the last time that we would have said I love you,” remembered Eula Morris.

Eula and Carson Morris’ son, Staff Sgt. Carson Morris, was killed in 2011.

“He served this country all over the world and nothing happened to him, and then four days after coming back from the U.S. he was killed,” Eula said.

The Freehold resident was killed instantly by a hit and run driver near Fort Bragg, where he was stationed. In an instant Eula became a Gold Star Mother.

“I won’t wish this on anyone,” she said.

The family came from Barbados in search of a better life. Staff Sgt. Morris spent more than 17 years in the Army.

“Well, when you get up and brush your teeth and eat breakfast every day you have to remember freedom isn’t free and people have sacrificed for your freedom and the best way that you can honor them is to remember them.”

“We have to support the decisions our children make. They’re doing something they love, because my son loved being in the military,” Eula said.

Eula has found comfort in the Department of New Jersey American Gold Star Mothers. The organization’s mission is to find strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of their sons and daughters alive. They do this by giving back to veterans, wounded warriors and their families by educating school children about the sacrifices our service members make and more.

The Morris family hopes to one day establish a fund to honor Carson, who they affectionately called Junior. Friday morning at the New Jersey Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center the family paid tribute to their boy. Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action and other Gold Star Mothers were also recognized at Friday’s ceremony.

“Well, when you get up and brush your teeth and eat breakfast every day you have to remember freedom isn’t free and people have sacrificed for your freedom and the best way that you can honor them is to remember them,” said Carson’s father.

“It isn’t a day that we don’t remember him, at every meal he’s at the dining room table, his picture’s at the dining room table at every meal,” said Eula.

His dad says he misses everything about his son. Carson left behind a wife, five children, both parents, siblings and other family members.

“It really saddens me because he didn’t get to see his daughters, his children graduate from high school into college,” Eula lamented. “He won’t be able to walk his daughter down the aisle.”

Though he’ll continue to live on in their hearts and minds, forever.