When Tommy asked me to send a few pictures to be used in this ceremony, I immediately pulled out pictures of Tommy as a little boy—preschool, kindergarten—when he came home every day and put on his latest crimefighter outfit. He took on many personas. He was the red power ranger, he was buzz lightyear, he was a ninja, he was a knight, and of course superman and batman.
But the one that will always stand out in my mind is when he would come home, put on his batman costume, strap his knight sword onto his utility belt, tape down the ears on batman’s cowl, Velcro on his cape, put on his cowboy hat, and became Zorro.
Every day for months and months and months, Tommy stood in front of the television and watched Antonio Banderas fight for the people. He studied every sword move and eventually matched the whole choreography.
Little did I know this was all a foreshadowing of what was to come. Of course he would choose Military Police for his Army career! (He was a chemical entering student). Those seeds were planted a long time ago.
Even though he did not use the pictures I sent, I think they would have fit nicely with this moment.
Address given by Jill Viggiano