Steve and Sandy Swanson were in a festive mood. It was an early December day and their house was ready for Christmas.
“We already had our Christmas tree up,” Swanson remembers. “The house looked beautiful.”
But, then, a representative of the Navy knocked on the door of their home on top of a ridge on Whidbey Island,
“She walked in, and she seemed genuinely moved by the bad news she was going to have to tell us,” Swanson says.