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  • Katie Stack, (center) widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with friends Rachel Freeman, 16, of Arlington Heights and Katie Strack, 17, of Arlington Heights gather at his grave at Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens to write messages on balloons which they released in his memory.

      Katie Stack, (center) widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with friends Rachel Freeman, 16, of Arlington Heights and Katie Strack, 17, of Arlington Heights gather at his grave at Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens to write messages on balloons which they released in his memory.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Rachel Freeman, 16, of Arlington Heights shares her thoughts with Lance Corporal James Bray Stack as she wrote them on a balloon who along with friends and family gather at his grave in Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens.

      Rachel Freeman, 16, of Arlington Heights shares her thoughts with Lance Corporal James Bray Stack as she wrote them on a balloon who along with friends and family gather at his grave in Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Robert and Linda Stack speak in their Arlington Heights home about care packages they are preparing for troops in Afghanistan. The Stacks lost their son, Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010.

       Robert and Linda Stack speak in their Arlington Heights home about care packages they are preparing for troops in Afghanistan. The Stacks lost their son, Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Mikayla Stack sits next to a memorial box madeto honor her father, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

       Mikayla Stack sits next to a memorial box madeto honor her father, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Stack and her daughter, Mikayla, sit on a bench that Katie had made in honor of her late husband, Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Katie hurt her ankle stepping off a curb.

       Katie Stack and her daughter, Mikayla, sit on a bench that Katie had made in honor of her late husband, Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Katie hurt her ankle stepping off a curb.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A montage of images sets in the home of Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights. The Stacks lost their son, Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010.

       A montage of images sets in the home of Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights. The Stacks lost their son, Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights recently received a pencil portrait of their son from Mike Reagan, a Vietnam veteran who draws these pictures for families of lost servicemen. They show a picture display about James' life and the care packages they are assembling for Marines in Afghanistan.

       Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights recently received a pencil portrait of their son from Mike Reagan, a Vietnam veteran who draws these pictures for families of lost servicemen. They show a picture display about James' life and the care packages they are assembling for Marines in Afghanistan.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights lost their son, Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010. Linda listens to Robert speak about James.

       Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights lost their son, Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010. Linda listens to Robert speak about James.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights lost their son, Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010. Here they recall letters received from James before they learned he had been killed.

       Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights lost their son, Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010. Here they recall letters received from James before they learned he had been killed.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Plenty of beef jerky has been supplied in care packages that Linda Stack is preparing for troops in Afghanistan. Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights lost their son, Lance Cpl James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010. James was known to request "Send me some beef jerky, and I'm good," says dad Robert of care packages provided for their son.

       Plenty of beef jerky has been supplied in care packages that Linda Stack is preparing for troops in Afghanistan. Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights lost their son, Lance Cpl James Stack, in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010. James was known to request "Send me some beef jerky, and I'm good," says dad Robert of care packages provided for their son.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights share a fun story about the life of their son, Lance Cpl James Stack, killed in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010.

       Robert and Linda Stack of Arlington Heights share a fun story about the life of their son, Lance Cpl James Stack, killed in the war in Afghanistan on Nov. 10, 2010.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • The anniversary of the death of Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, is hard for his widow, Katie Stack.

       The anniversary of the death of Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, is hard for his widow, Katie Stack.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Stack sits on a bench at her home in Palatine that she had made in honor of her husband, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

       Katie Stack sits on a bench at her home in Palatine that she had made in honor of her husband, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Stack gets a kiss from her daughter, Mikayla, at their home in Palatine.

       Katie Stack gets a kiss from her daughter, Mikayla, at their home in Palatine.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Mikayla Stack sits next to a memorial box madeto honor her father, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

       Mikayla Stack sits next to a memorial box madeto honor her father, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Mikayla Stack sits next to a memorial box made to honor her father, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

       Mikayla Stack sits next to a memorial box made to honor her father, Marine Lance Cpl. James B. Stack, who died a year ago in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Stack, widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with friends and family gather at his grave in Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens to write messages on balloons which they released in his memory.

      Katie Stack, widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with friends and family gather at his grave in Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens to write messages on balloons which they released in his memory.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Stack, widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with friends and family gather at his grave in Arlington Heights's Memory Gardens to write messages on balloons which they released in his memory.

      Katie Stack, widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with friends and family gather at his grave in Arlington Heights's Memory Gardens to write messages on balloons which they released in his memory.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Stack, widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack holds balloons with a personal message she wrote for her late husband along with friends and family who gather at his grave in Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens.

      Katie Stack, widow of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack holds balloons with a personal message she wrote for her late husband along with friends and family who gather at his grave in Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Friends and family of fallen Marine Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with his widow, Katie Stack watch as balloons with messages are released in James Stack's memory at his grave at Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens.

      Friends and family of fallen Marine Lance Corporal James Bray Stack along with his widow, Katie Stack watch as balloons with messages are released in James Stack's memory at his grave at Arlington Heights' Memory Gardens.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sgt. Robert Glynn of Cary writes a message on a balloon along with his fellow Marines at the grave site of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack.

      Sgt. Robert Glynn of Cary writes a message on a balloon along with his fellow Marines at the grave site of Lance Corporal James Bray Stack.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 

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