迪斯尼乐园纪念在 2021 喀布尔袭击

海洋长矛 Cpl. 迪伦·梅罗拉, 20, 是加利福尼亚人,在八月被谋杀. 26 美国发生自杀式炸弹袭击. 从阿富汗撤军. 13 我们. 服务人员 were killed in the attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport – which also killed at least 170 Afghan civilians and injured more than 150 其他.

The Merola family was acknowledged during the Disneyland Resort Flag Retreat Ceremony in Anaheim, 加利福尼亚州. Merola’s family was in attendance, including his mother, his grandparents and his sister.

Merola's family was acknowledged during the ceremony.

Merola’s family was acknowledged during the ceremony. (Disneyland Resort)

It meant so much to me today to honor my son,” Cheryl Rex, Merola’s mother, 说过. “As he was growing up, we attended a lot of things at Disneyland. We had season passes since he was little.

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兰斯Cpl. Dylan Merola was killed in Kabul attack.

兰斯Cpl. Dylan Merola was killed in Kabul attack. (Deborah Gembara/Mana Rabiee)

It’s very meaningful. It’s a special place to us,” Rex added.

Family members say that Merola had only been in Afghanistan for less than two weeks when he was killed during the tragic attack.

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海洋长矛 Cpl. 迪伦·梅罗拉, who died during the U.S. 从阿富汗撤军, was honored at Disneyland.

海洋长矛 Cpl. 迪伦·梅罗拉, who died during the U.S. 从阿富汗撤军, was honored at Disneyland. (Disneyland Resort)

The ceremony – which has been a tradition at Disney resort parks for decades – is held daily both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Merola’s ceremony was not the only time the Walt Disney Company honored the service members who died during the Afghanistan withdrawal. They held a similar Disneyland ceremony for Hunter Lopez, a 22-year old Marine, 在九月 2021.

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海洋长矛 Cpl. Dylan Merola was one of 13 service members killed in the 2021 Kabal attack.

海洋长矛 Cpl. Dylan Merola was one of 13 service members killed in the 2021 Kabal attack. (Disneyland Resort)

According to his mother, Lopez was a big fan of Disney. He reportedly told his parents he wanted to be buried with a lightsaber he made at Disneyland in 2019.

Merola's mother Cheryl Rex was presented with the Navy Achievement Medal.

Merola’s mother Cheryl Rex was presented with the Navy Achievement Medal. (Disneyland Resort)

As we walked into Disneyland, the marching band was coming out onto Main Street [美国。] and started to play a 星球大战 歌曲,” Hunter’s mother Alicia told Disney Parks Blog. “We don’t know if it was Disney magic or whether it was Hunter, but either way it felt good knowing he was there with us.

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