JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The last Sunday of September every year is Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day, where the families of service members who died while in the line of duty are honored.

On this day, these families are remembered for the losses they suffered. While many choose to honor their losses in different ways, Tech. Sgt. Joseph Perez, 26th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services supervisor, said he chose to honor his father by serving in the same unit as him.

Perez said that the main reason he joined the Air Force Reserve in 2006 was in memory of his father. Furthermore, he said he specifically joined the 433rd Airlift Wing as a way to remember and honor him.

“Being a part of the Reserve and the 433rd AW has brought into perspective a lot of things about my father’s job that I didn’t know before,” Perez said. “It gives me a sense of pride that goes deeper than just being a part of the wing; there’s more to it for me and it’s because of my dad.”