Why Is This Veteran’s Last Facebook Post Going Viral?

Tragedy struck a military family this past New Year’s Eve. Marine Corps veteran, Matthew DeRemer, passed away in a motorcycle accident on December 31, 2015. DeRemer was out riding in Largo, Florida, when he was stuck by car.

The driver of said car has been charged with DUI manslaughter. What’s particularly tragic about this veteran’s passing is what he posted to Facebook on the morning of his death…

Susuki rider / Via DeusXFlorida
Susuki rider / Via DeusXFlorida

DeRemer had recently secured a job in the medical field. According to his Facebook profile, he worked as a Surgical Technologist at West Bay Surgical Center in Largo. Hours before his death, DeRemer reflected on the previous year, saying that he’d been through hardships, but had that he had support and overcame a lot. Deremer said, “I’ve lost, I’ve gained, family is closer and tougher than ever before, loved ones lost, and new friends found.”

He posted this reflection to his Facebook page and continued with his day, not knowing that it would be his last. His post has become a beacon of hope for many people as it has gained virality on the Internet.

Last day of 2015!!!! For me I’ll be meditating through all I do, on this entire year. I’ve lost, I’ve gained, family is…

Posted by Matthew DeRemer onThursday, December 31, 2015

What is particularly haunting is the last line of his post:

“And I really don’t know where I’ll end up tonight but I do know where I windup is where I’m meant to be.”

This haunting sentiment reminds us all that life can be over before we’re ready. But DeRemer also reminds us that life is a battle, one that can be won. His post currently has over 60k likes on Facebook. So many people have been touched by his words, and are haunted by his final sentiment. He says he doesn’t know where he’ll end up that night. DeRemer was a religious man who believed in heaven. Which makes us think…

No matter where he was meant to be, we know he’s in a better place.

Support Veterans

Provide food and supplies to veterans at The Veterans Site for free!