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SSGT Nolan Parks Barham

Parks found his true calling in the Army. He loved his country and his “boys”. Parks would go the extra mile for anyone that needed help. He was a mentor to so many and made a huge impact on every person he came in contact with. Parks’ spirit was such a bright light that it still shines after he has gone. Everyone that knew Parks lost a part of themselves the day he died. Our lives are much richer for him having been in it.

Being a Gold Star Mother is both heartbreaking and full of pride. Having a child that took the oath the protect and defend our constitutional rights even at the cost of his own life is an overwhelming pride that fills my heart. I am a part of a club I never wanted to join and am on a journey I never wanted to walk. I am so thankful for the support the Gold Star Families have as we navigate this path. As a military family we are bound by the love of our country and the loss of our loved one called to protect it.

Darin Taylor Hoover