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Pray troops come home safe, sound

An American soldier died today.

During 2003, more than 500 American boys and girls were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Age-wise, they were from the six 18-year-olds to a professional soldier of 55.

There was no ethnic majority – they were immigrant extracts of Irish, British, German, Italian, Hispanic, African, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Native American. No single religion dominated – they were Protestant, Catholic, Confucius, Shinto, Hindu, even Muslim.

They left behind a grieving mother, a proud father who gave his only son, a little boy whose father is only a picture, two little girls who can’t understand why their mother was called to service and never returned, and a young bride who had a husband for two days before he left for war.

We knew one and we knew them all, for they were our sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, the little boy or girl that grew up next door, the boy that delivered the papers, or the girl that baby-sat our daughter.

Can we do more than 130,000 American boys and girls in harm’s way now? Let us hope and pray they all come home safe and sound.

Bill Ward

Cedar Ridge

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