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Prince Harry Salutes Fallen Mt. Juliet Soldier

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Michael Stansbery Michael Stansbery

by Mark Bellinger

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Not in a million years did a Mt. Juliet woman ever think Prince Harry would pay attention to her fallen son.

Michael Stansbery was killed in Afghanistan and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Prince Harry was there over the weekend.

Tammy Stansbery said the pain of losing her only son nearly three years ago was unbelievable.

"Everything you've ever heard about losing a child, it's that in tenfold. The grief experience has been horrible," said Stansbery.

Michael Stansbery Jr. was killed in 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

An impression of her son's tombstone made by friends at Arlington National Cemetery keeps Michael's memory alive for the family.

"As a mom, all I worry about is him being forgotten. We will never forget, my family and stuff."

Anyone who paid attention to Prince Harry's visit to Arlington National Cemetery will never forget.

Friday, the British Army Captain laid a wreath right next to Michael's marker. For Tammy, she said that gesture alone was an early Mother's Day present.

"It honestly helped so much. I think it's God, and I think it's Michael you know saying, Mom don't worry. I'm not forgotten. Keep going. Keep going," explained Stansbery.

Prince Harry recently finished his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. He walked among the grave markers in Section 60. It's where U.S. troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest.

A card in the wreath next to Michael's grave reads, "To my comrades in arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom. Signed Captain Harry Wales."

"That was a God moment for me. It was like Tammy, look other people are visiting him. It was such a blessing to know they picked Michael."

There are more than 400,000 gravesites at Arlington.

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