This site is dedicated to the loving memory of Van.
You are listening to "Falling" by Mindy Smith. It was one of Van's favorite songs.
This is the memorial between Lordsburg and Deming, New Mexico on I-10 (East) at mile marker 54.6. Steve did a great job in making this. At the top, in stained glass, is a heart and a trident. Below that is Van's name, U.S. Navy SEAL, and dates, also in stained glass. Then through the center, the cross is hollowed out and strung through it are 23 "holy rocks" representing 23 years of Van's beautiful life on earth. Holy rocks are rocks with a hole in them from the Bogue Chitto River in Mississippi, Van's favorite place! Steve and Claire took Van, Blake and Grace there through their childhood and now to enjoy nature and collect special rocks and the prized petrified wood and Indian arrows. Claire, Blake, Grace and Michelle drove to mile marker 54.6 to see the site and place the beautiful cross which faces the sunset.
"His training was finished here, He achieved his goal, The greatest mission lies ahead."
This memorial bench was dedicated in Coronado, CA on Sunday March 11, 2007 at 11am. It is placed in a Lavender Garden at the Coronado City Hall connected by a park along the Glorietta Bay.
Simple parks and swings were meaningful places to Van. This bench marks the place (near Naval Base Coronado) where he trained and fulfilled his dream to become a Navy SEAL.
It was a beautiful ceremony with gorgeous weather. Friends and loved ones spoke; Steve's words were perfect and inspiring. It was a great way to remember and honor Van.
The 2010 Recreation & Park Commission for the parish of East Baton Rouge, opened the new Perkins Road park featuring a climbing boulder in memory of Van on 10/16/10:. Check out the website and see how cool the park is: http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/detail/139/n/143
Please go to the Guestbook tab located at the top of the page and write something memorable about Van, tell a story that honors him or just write something that leaves a lasting legacy of the love, laughter and relationships built by the Van Wilson, we all know, love, and miss.
To read inspiring comments about Van's life...a life worth living, go to the comments posted at the legacy.com guestbook:
Van was a USNA Rugby Team Captain. View his Semper Memor:
Van completed his dream and graduated from the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD/s) training as Honor Man on April 15, 2005. He completed SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) on December 9, 2005. He spent 3 weeks in January 2006 at Kodiak, AK for cold weather training and was assigned to SEAL Team 10, Little Creek, VA as an Assisting Officer in Charge.
7/29/06-Blake honored his brother by getting this tattoo on his leg...marking six months after our loss of Van on earth.
It is a picture of Van, in uniform, on the day of his SQT Graduation. It symbolizes Van working so hard and accomplishing his dream as he received the Trident on his chest that day. He also has angel wings symbolizing where he is and what he is doing now.
After the growing up in his beloved home town of Baton Rouge and then attending the Naval Academy, Van loved training and hanging out with friends and his family...leading up to his dream of becoming a SEAL. He went to Alaska in the summer of 2004 and for SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) in January 2006. He along with four close friends went through the Naval Academy together, finished BUD/s together, and they earned their Trident together...becoming U.S. Navy SEALs on December 9, 2005.
The website that held all the pictures went offline, I will re-add them to a new slide show manager and post soon. Thanks!