People will say that grief diminishes with time. That is not necessarily accurate. Grief is still in our hearts but after thirteen years, that sorrow is wrapped in the love of all the remarkable people that Andy has introduced us to. Because of that love, the pain emerges a bit less frequently but we still have times when that heartache is exposed.  It is much like a punch to the gut; surfacing with a song, a word or a picture. As we get ready to meet with “our Marines” and Ace’s friends to celebrate Ace’s life, we may be crying but we are still counting our blessings with the friendship and support we have. Ace is with us with every tear and memory. Semper Fi, Ace!