TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Memorial Day is a tribute to those who died paying the ultimate sacrifice.
A north Florida family like so many others are remembering their loved ones.
The family of Brandon King says they'll spend this Memorial Day at the veterans cemetery in Jacksonville, remembering Brandon at his grave.
Carolyn King has a huge hole is in her heart and soul nearly three years after her son's death.
"He was shot in the head by a sniper while he was on duty in Afghanistan so it was a total shock," said Carolyn King, Brandon's mother.
Twenty three year old Brandon King was in the army and was killed July 14, 2010.
Memorial Day is a painful reminder for the King family but an important time to honor him and others who paid with their lives to serve our country.
"We're not alone we've no the only missing a loved one that fought and died for our country," said King.
She says King was hoping to finish school at Tallahassee Community College and had goals of becoming a video game designer. His name is etched on a memorial at the college campus.
"He was just full of life," said King. "He was fun. He enjoyed life. He was always waiting. He was looking forward to joining the army and come back and begin his educational journey."
The family says they're learning to live without Brandon King but at the same time, keeping his memory alive.
The family says they work to turn this tragedy into something positive.
A scholarship fund set up in his honor at Tallahassee Community College.