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Published September 10, 2011, 07:04 PM

A Mother Remembers her Son who was Killed in Action

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A day before the 10th anniversary of 9-11, the nation is reliving the iconic, tragic images of that day. But for families directly impacted, tomorrow isn't about tragedy, but about remembering the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A day before the 10th anniversary of 9-11, the nation is reliving the iconic, tragic images of that day. But for families directly impacted, tomorrow isn't about tragedy, but about remembering the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice.It was the news that no parent wants to hear. A soldier, a brother, a son killed in action.

Donna Ray: The last thing he said was he wanted his mom. He wanted to call me. That's probably the hardest thing because they wouldn't let him because they said you're going to make it, everything is going to be just fine. They didn't let him call and I never spoke to him again.

Adam Ray grew up in Kentucky, the son of two military veterans, there was never a doubt of what and who he wanted to be.

Jim Ray: Adam, Adam did what he wanted to do, he always wanted to be a soldier from the time he was a little kid.

Donna Ray: Adam wanted to go to West Point, but he changed his mind after 9-1-1. He wanted to be an enlisted because he didn't want to wait for that.

Now, ten years after the day that changed America, Donna Ray remembers. Remembers her son, and remembers the thousands of other lives lost.

Donna Ray: I like to just say Adam out loud because it's different hearing it. So I'll look on the website and I'll read someone's name that died on 9-1-1 and I'll read it aloud because it's more personal.

Immediately when you step into the Rays' house, you're greeted by their ever smiling son Adam. A room honors his memory. Flags, pictures, and medals...all memories of a life lived...and lost too soon.

Jim Ray: Well, we just think the world of him and we do, we still do.

Donna Ray: He was just a good kid

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