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(NEWSER)– In honor of Veterans Day, Steve Inskeep at NPR shares what he calls "a private story we never meant to share."

He explains that in connection with a school benefit he sometimes records family interviews, and was so moved by the "important" story that Sylvia and Ron McHone of Crystal Lake, Ill., told him that he asked if he could air parts of it, and they agreed. In it, they recount their "adventurous" son, Capt. Nathan McHone, a Marine who was killed in a helicopter crash Afghanistan in 2012 at age 29. Sylvia describes the moment they, like at least 2,200 other American families, got the news their child had died in Afghanistan. "It was a Thursday. We had company at our house. They left about 10 o'clock and we had just climbed into bed and the doorbell rang and we looked at each other and we thought, 'did somebody forget something?'"

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