Remembering the Living and the Dead

By GLOBE COLUMNIST 

The Army band was warming up, the sound checks were still taking place, and Beth and Steve Sammis were standing in the sunshine in the Seaport, talking about their son, Ben.

Marine Captain Ben Sammis, from Rehoboth, was killed in Iraq in 2003 when the helicopter he was piloting went down in combat. His parents stood there, talking about Ben’s virtues, about what they miss most, when his dad said this:

“It’s the way Ben took care of his friends.”

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