American Fallen Soldiers Project present portrait to Mock Family at Hibbs-Hooten Field

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We knew and loved Will, and know and love his family. Thank you for honoring him and all fallen soldiers, and those that still serve to keep America and the world free. God Bless America. Report Reply 0 replies · active 110 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The sights of the Military Night at Wellington Heat game.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  It was Military Night at the Wellington Heat baseball game Wednesday evening, but the night belonged to the WillSun Mock Family.WillSun MockSgt. WillSun Mock was killed by a bomb in the Iraqi War on Oct. 22, 2006 outside of Baghdad, Iraq.Twelve years later, his family congregated on Hibbs-Hooten Field as artist Phil Taylor presented a portrait of the fallen hero as part of the American Fallen Soldiers Project.The pre-game memorial event also included the American Legion Riders, the Kansas Color Guards, and Wellington City Councilman Jim Valentine throwing out the first pitch for the game.“After 911, Will had a desire to fight for his country, for his God and for his family,” said his mother, Ann Mock at the presentation. “He said the Iraq people were worth it and he was where he wanted to be. His motto was strength and honor.”Ann Mock, mom of fallen soldier WillSun Mock. Her words came after artist Taylor spoke a few words about the hand painted original portrait. It is a tradition upon completion of the portrait to personally present it to the family by the artist during a special event – which on Tuesday was for the Mock Family at home plate at Hibbs-Hooten Field.Phil Taylor at Hibbs Hooten Field.According to the American Fallen Soldier website (click here):In the years following 9-11 and like so many Americans, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the thoughts of defending America’s freedom were a distant concern for Phil Taylor.  It wasn’t that he didn’t care, he just had no immediate connection to the military and was busy with everyday concerns.  However, his life changed when he learned that a childhood friend, Capt. Blake H. Russell, was killed in Iraq in July 2006.While attending the funeral and hearing the descriptions of Blake’s service and selfless commitment to his men and country, Phil had an overwhelming desire to find his true life’s purpose.  Even though he had been a professional artist for over 25 years, he had always lacked a sense of fulfillment. Inspired by Blake’s example, Phil decided to give his all through his art and asked to  produce a portrait of Blake as a gift for the Russell family.WillSun’s funeral was held here in Wellington on Nov. 2, 2006 (see full obituary here), and the 24-year-old was laid to rest at Harper Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors. He was living in Harper when 9-11 occurred and he made it a mission to serve his country. It took time though to convince the Army that they needed him. He took basic training in Georgia after which he volunteered to serve in Iraq.He was stationed in Germany and spent six months training for combat. From there, he was sent to Kosovo, where he helped patrol for nine months. Upon his return to Germany, he began training for desert warfare.Will spent 15 months in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 and when his company returned to the states, Will asked for and eventually obtained a transfer to another company that was staying in Germany.By this time, Will had made Sergeant and was helping with the training of troops heading to the Iraq conflict. His company received orders to deploy to Iraq, and although they were originally headed to Musul, were diverted to Baghdad at the last minute. It was there that he was killed.The Tuesday night presentation was sponsored by Cowley College. For all the pictures click here.The Mock family on Tuesday night at Hibbs-Hooten.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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