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Remembering those who serve: 'As Americans it is so easy get busy in our daily lives and forget that brave men like these brothers are out there fighting for our freedom. These men are in hostile lands courageously performing on a level of that most can't comprehend. Dakota Meyer is an Adair County native son who has shown the often extreme measures these men take in an effort to never leave a fellow soldier behind' - STEPHANIE CALDWELL
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By Stephanie Caldwell
At the tender age of seven Spc. David Collins knew his destiny. He and his older brother Daniel attended Shepherd Grade School as children. As David and a classmate played in their 1st grade class, a carefully crafted a star shaped badge was made that proudly declared AMY. Seeing the badge David and his childhood cohort had made, his kind teacher politely pointed out that there was indeed an R in ARMY. Thus his destiny was on path to defend this beautiful country of ours. I am sure Amy (who ever she is) was a bit upset. But Uncle Sam was calling, and Spc. Collins answered.
David not only joined the military, he spoke so highly of it that he made a very convincing argument to his older brother, Daniel Collins. Daniel was a student at WKU at the time. Yet seeing the importance of David's mission, and impressed by his passion, Daniel then joined his brother in service to our country. With this decision, these brave men carried on a military tradition that goes back several generations in their family.
There are three men in this large family of eleven siblings, and for the next 10 months two of them will be overseas defending our country. For the remaining nine siblings seeing firsthand what upcoming deployment does to soldiers, their spouses, and children is a sharp reminder that our freedom comes at a price. That price is paid not only by our soldiers, and their immediate family, but by their extended families as well. For the family these deployments bring forth a rush of emotions; pride, fear, love, and some emotions so strong that no words can identify them.
As Americans it is so easy get busy in our daily lives and forget that brave men like these brothers are out there fighting for our freedom. These men are in hostile lands courageously performing on a level of that most can't comprehend. Dakota Meyer is an Adair County native son who has shown the often extreme measures these men take in an effort to never leave a fellow soldier behind.
As Spc. Collins gears up for this mission I encourage his fellow Adair Countians to encourage him and his unit. Take a few moments this busy holiday season to remember our troops. Speak an encouraging word, perform a random act of kindness for military families, or simply lift our military men and women up in prayer. By Stephanie Caldwell
This story was posted on 2012-12-19 09:52:38
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