Family members of a fallen soldier prepare for what's going to be a difficult day Thursday.
Wednesday, Captain Shawn English's family spent the day making final arrangements for a memorial service that will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Woodlawn Methodist Church in Panama City Beach.
Newschannel 7 spoke to Shawn's family Wednesday, and they say they know once planning turns to grieving at the memorial service, and then the funeral in Ohio, reality will set in and they'll have to focus on being strong for English's children.
Todd Daily, English's brother-in-law, said, "When people go away or after that sort of thing diminishes, that's when the real challenge comes, and that's when it's going to be important for people to be near by, and you know, help at it."
One good memory to have is the memory of a video conference. Just hours before Shawn English got hit with an IED device he and his family used webcams to talk to each other.
His wife said Shawn was a resourceful man, especially with technology, and it's a memory that will serve as an unusual reminder of how close Shawn was to his family.
Family members have also set up an education fund for English's three children, Nathan, Noah and Austin. The fund is called the "Captain English's Children Education Fund."
You can stop by at either AmSouth or Regions Bank to make a donation.