Published: May 27, 2013 4:46 PM EDT
Updated: May 27, 2013 4:54 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, FL - "We've always celebrated Memorial Day, we always knew what it was, we always honored the military in someway, but it's certainly taken on a different meaning now," said Claudine Ehlers.

This Memorial Day, the family of Staff Sergeant Marc Scialdo felt a strong personal connection to the holiday.

"We have a hole now," said Ehlers.

Staff Sergeant Marc Scialdo was killed this past March after the Black Hawk helicopter he was riding in, crashined in southern Afghanistan. His oldest sister, Claudine Ehlers, said his family has been supportive of his service ever since day one, after he signed up following the attacks of 9/11.

"Me and my family couldn't have been prouder. He had an exemplary career and wanted to be a pilot eventually," said Ehlers.

And thanks to modern-day technology, Ehlers said they are grateful they were able to share in his experiences with him.

"At least we had Skype and Facebook and you could keep in touch and you'd kind of let your guard down, and then you know the worst happens."