Gold Star Parents Visit The Memorial

Donn and Jeanne Weaver, the parents of 1st LT Todd William Weaver, visited the Veterans Memorial at Lake Nona on June 28, 2016.

1st Lt. Todd William Weaver, 26, was killed in action in Kandahar,  Afghanistan on September 9, 2010.  He died while leading his platoon and protecting the freedoms of the family, friends, and country he loved.  Lt Weaver’s  short life was full, happy, and exceptionally accomplished. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was a decorated officer with an extremely bright future in the military.

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Donn and Jeanne Weaver

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    Donn Weaver                                                                  Chaplain James Smith
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Donn and Jeanne Weaver


During their visit to the Memorial, Donn and Jeanne presented a copy of the book, Losing Todd A Mother’s Journey, written by Jeanne Weaver to be placed in the Chapel which is adjacent to the Memorial.

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Jeanne Weaver’s presentation to Chaplain James Smith

Following their visit, Jeanne Weaver
wrote the following about their visit:

“Today, June 28, 2016, was a memorable day for me. The Memorial built at Lake Nona is monumental and beautiful. To see Todd’s name etched into its stone and to feel the relief of the letters is something I will never forget. Thank you. 

I believe that each of us is given a gift by God that will see us through those most difficult times in our lives. For me, it was the ability to express my emotions of love through my art. 

The book is the story of why and how I painted the paintings. Yes, the story is about my son, Todd; but more important than building a legacy of paintings in memory of my son, it is a story about healing. It means so much to me that you understood that. 

I am honored to know that Losing Todd A Mother’s Journey is placed in the Lake Nona Memorial Chapel. As you said, it is a Chapel, not only for remembrance; but for healing. Perhaps someone in need will look through the book and find their own inspiration; and through that their God-given gift in finding hope, peace, and love. “

Jeanne Harris Weaver and Donn Weaver

For additional information about 1LT Todd W. Weaver  go to the following website:

For additional information about Todd’s life and the book Losing Todd A Mother’s Journey, go to the following website:


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