ARLINGTON, Va. - A Ronkonkoma woman, who lost her only son two years ago while he was serving in Afghanistan, was able to visit his gravesite in Virginia thanks to a group of veterans in a Gold Star Ride.
“He was just a beautiful person. Always had a smile on his face,” says Susan Adamski, about her son Army Staff Sgt. Frank Adamski. He was slain in action one day shy of his 27th birthday. Since then, Adamski has learned the painful journey of living alone.
Adamski says the heartache of losing her son was deepened by an unfulfilled wish to visit her son’s grave. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. However, Adamski, who lives on disability due to a heart condition, didn’t have the money or means to make the six-hour drive to Virginia.
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An army of volunteers with the group Boots of Ground New York heard about Adamski’s wish and reached out to help.
“I know her son gave the ultimate sacrifice, so to me that’s enough to dedicate my time to this,” says Donato Sangemino.
In a journey of remembrance called Gold Star Ride, a motorcade of bikers escorted Adamski along I-95 through New York to Arlington. Upon arrival, with the group surrounding her, Adamski embraced her first gravesite visit with her soldier son during Mother’s Day weekend.