This page is a tribute to my youngest brother, Eric. He was a good and genuine individual, a consummate team player. His passion - lacrosse; his dream - to start his own business after finishing college. His friends describe him as a true friend who shared in the laughs and stood by them even through the most difficult times. We all miss him and seek to remember him with the honor and respect he deserves.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rabbit, Rabbit, and the Beginning of Something New

Today I embark on a new adventure. I have made the decision to train for the Marine Corps Marathon 2011. I am no runner and my knees aren't what they used to be. I am happy to do this to honor Eric's 5th anniversary ...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Marine Corps Marathon/10K 2007


I wanted to thank you for all your support this year in general and as I've trained and participated in the second 10K in particular. Being in Washington, DC at the Marine Corps Marathon and running in the 10k was a significant experience for me. Not only was this an event, but it was a place and a time to be with other families and friends who have lost loved ones in Iraq and with those who still have loved ones over there.

From here on out, all athletic events I do will be to honor my brother, Eric. Thank you for helping me with your donations as well as your support and encouragement.


Here are some photos of the day (courtesy Maia!):

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Donating ONLINE


If you would like to donate online to the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS-Amherst, please go to

Thank you for your care and support,
Edna Valdepenas

Monday, October 1, 2007

Boston Marine Corps Honor Run

A great thank you to all who supported my brother-in-law, Maui, my sister, Teresa, and me in our participation in yesterday's Marine Corps Honor Run in Milton, MA. This was our first run and we were proud to do it - and finish! - in honor of our younger brother, Eric.

If you are interested in purchasing a pin (scroll down), please contact me at or my sister Nora at


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The First Year of Mourning

One of the Few, the Proud, the Strong -- A U.S. Marine.

Young, handsome, intelligent, you gave your all so we can stay free.

We love you and miss you every day,
Mom and Dad
siblings: Edna, Marie, Sean, Neil, Nora, Karen, Teresa
nieces and nephews: Maia, Zoe, Jordan, Eric Xavier, Brianne, Jarod, Camille, Vincenza, Eric James
friends and fellow Marines.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

In honor of my brother, Eric, my sister has crafted this custom made American flag pin. This pin is now for sale for $12.50 (includes shipping and handling). All proceeds will go to Eric’s Memorial Fund. If you would like to purchase a pin, please contact Nora at

Monday, May 28, 2007

Poems for Memorial Day

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
- Mary Frye (1932)
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow;
I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain;
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush;
I am in the graceful rush.

Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.

I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.