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A REAL hero by peripatetically on 1 July 2009 1:51pm
With all the hype about a certain "singer, musician" passing away, this is a couple of
small Georgia towns and counties
showing how they feel about a REAL
This is truly awesome & a must see!

Killed in action the week before, the body
of Staff Sergeant First Class John C. Beale
was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree
City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta, on
June 11, 2009. The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to
the funeral home in McDonough, Georgia.

A simple notice in local papers indicated
the road route to be taken and the
approximate time.
Nowadays one can be led to believe that
America no longer respects honor and
no longer honors sacrifice outside the
military. Be it known that there are many
places in this land where people still
recognize the courage and impact of
total self-sacrifice. Georgia remains one
of those graceful, grateful places.
The link below is a short travelogue of that
day's remarkable and painful journey.
But only watch this if you wish to have some
of your faith in people restored. Please share widely.
(You will probably have to copy and paste
the link.)


Re: A REAL hero by artofcp on 1 July 2009 1:58pm
Thank you for posting this, Patty. My nephew just returned from Iraq alive. It is impossible to describe how that felt.

For all the hoopla and jabs at Americans, this is real America, as I know it.
Re: A REAL hero by bIG bLOGGER on 1 July 2009 2:06pm
Thank you,Patty. Surely,each of the 4321 deaths of servicemen and women in Iraq is a personal and local tragedy and should be honored as such.
July 1st 2009 marks the official exit date of US troops from Iraq,but it will be another 2 years before they all leave,so given the turmoil which is still prevalent there,more US casualties are probably inevitable.

BTW: Elvis Presley served a year in the US military in a base in Germany. I doubt whether Michael Jackson would have been considered Army material.
Re: A REAL hero by peripatetically on 1 July 2009 2:20pm
You are very welcome. It was a real pleasure posting this. I'm glad you appreciate it as much as I do.
yes, Big, I remember when the King went into the service and also when he came out. he was a changed man after he served. Much more wholesome,
Re: A REAL hero by tucsonmike on 2 July 2009 2:04pm
Thank you Patty, I looked @ this. We need to be reminded of this constantly and who and what really matter.
Re: A REAL hero by mrsteabag on 2 July 2009 5:37pm
That was beautiful, Pats!
There's a group of motorcycle-riding veterans around here that put the word out when someone gets back from Iraq or Afghanistan. They also provide an honor guard and an escort from the airport.
Re: A REAL hero by peripatetically on 2 July 2009 7:04pm
I thought so too, Fran. I felt it worth posting.

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