22, of Sinton, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died June 28 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
To honor Cpl Mark Raymond Goyet, his mother, Martha Curran Goyet retrieved this stone from her parent’s homestead in Westbrook, Maine.
Martha Goyet describes that stone and tells us about her son –
“The stone came from my parents’ property in Westbrook, Maine. They still live on the family land that dates back to 1775. We thought it was important that the rock came from somewhere that he would have played from the time he was a child. The night before the Run for the Fallen Maine, it was starting to get dark, and we still hadn’t been out to look for the stone. I asked if we could please all go out in the woods before it got dark. I had planned on taking one from the stone wall that Mark used to run along. Well, my Mom, Ray, daughter Jenna and granddaughter Mia hiked out into the woods, and right before the stone wall, was this tall pile of rocks. I asked my mother about the pile and she said that was from years of my Dad stacking them, as he found rocks in the field when he mowed, he would throw them on this pile. I looked down and saw the PERFECT rock for Mark. It was smooth and heavy, and called out to us!”