This week's your turn comes from Zencie Rulo from Poplar Bluff. She writes:
"It was Saturday, December 14, 2013. Another brave soldier was laid to rest. Another young wife is left to raise a little one alone, no father, no husband to turn to. Will a two-year-old remember her daddy? Will she remember this day? How many other children remember a mom or dad who have given their life to keep America free, to keep old glory flying high? Freedom definitely is not free.
Yes, we come together to honor a hero, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a friend, but how many of us will remember what took place in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on this date one year from now? How many times will the story be repeated in the years to come?
This Christmas a young mother will help her little one open gifts and hide her tears. The little one will laugh and enjoy the gifts and soon forget, while this day is chiseled in stone on the hearts of those he leaves behind - a wife, a mother, a father, a brother, and many friends. A young widow will shed bitter tears in secret as she remembers the young hero and happier times. And time goes on."
There are many families across the Heartland facing their first Christmas without their soldier. Let's all try harder to honor their memory. Thanks Zencie.
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