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Heart-breaking Story….

Found in the Courier Post:

DEPTFORD — The dusty bottle has sat in the Corma home for 27 years.

The gift of Dom Perignon champagne was given to Sal and Trudy Corma for their honeymoon.

They chose to save it, planning to pop the cork at their son’s wedding.

Instead, they will open it today on what would have been his 25th birthday. Salvatore S. Corma II was killed in Afghanistan on April 29.

“We’ll make a cake,” Trudy Corma says. “We’ll make a cake and drink champagne — just the two of us.”

“I hope no one comes by; we want to spend the day alone,” admits the soldier’s father, Salvatore S. Corma Sr.

“It’ll probably be a house full of people instead.”

“Yeah,” Trudy Corma absently agrees.

Then, as if suddenly conscious of how her words might sound, she says, “No, actually, people have been very good. They have been so kind.”

This is what life is like now for the Cormas: teetering between overwhelming grief and gratitude.

“I cry every day,” says Sal, 78. “Every day when I go for my dialysis, I shut my eyes and cry.”

“He cries, I can’t cry,” acknowledges 68-year-old Trudy. “I go in circles every day. It just doesn’t seem real.”

Then she takes a breath and reminds herself, out loud, that God is good and he doesn’t make mistakes.

Trudy Corma knew her son was in harm’s way. She just told him to do his best and stay close to God.

“We’re all going to go where he went,” she muses. “He just got there ahead of us,” she said.

“A miracle child’

Ask them about their son and the stories pour out, as if the Cormas are just waiting for someone to ask.

Stories about how 4-year-old Salvatore refused to fly anything but first-class; how he called spaghetti “pasketti”; how he always stuck up for the underdog; how he never forgot to thank his coaches, teachers and even his parents every day.

They remember how Salvatore always knew he wanted to go into military service, and how, on the day he toured West Point, he turned to his parents and said, “This is where I’m going to school.”

He was the Cormas’ “miracle child.”

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