RAYMORE, Sask. - In just over a week, Patty Braun will place a wreath at the National War Memorial on behalf of all mothers who have lost sons or daughters in the service of Canada.
The Royal Canadian Legion has named Braun as this year's Silver Cross Mother.
"I think it's a great responsibility and honour to do this," Braun said in a phone interview from Raymore, Sask.
"It's not just representing our mothers from the Afghan conflict. It's also representing mothers from Korea and World War Two and World War One, so I just hope I do a good job and don't fall on my face."
Braun is a widow whose son, Cpl. David Braun, was killed by a suicide bomber in Kandahar in 2006. He joined the Canadian Forces in February 2002 and was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
He left behind a sister, two brothers and a daughter.
His mother is coping with the loss.
"It was shortly after David was killed and I was watching a TV show and somebody had died and another person told their loved one, 'You won't get over it, but you will get used to it,'" recalled Braun.
"And that's pretty much how it is because your whole normal changes. Everything shifts so you don't ever get over it, but you do sort of get used to it."
Braun said her son didn't like the limelight, but she thinks he would be proud of her as Silver Cross Mother.
She has a good idea about what her thoughts will be when she lays the wreath on Nov. 11.
"I'm sure I will be of course be thinking of my own son on that day," she said.
"And I will also be thinking of all the other families who've lost their children and also of the families from ... the previous wars and conflicts ... who lost children and who weren't like us, who were able to have our sons and daughters come home."
"At least now our children's bodies come home."