Hello friends, just re-sharing a great news story from home. Very proud of this community!
By Hilary LeHew
By Nicholas Gresham
Story Created: Apr 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM CDT
Story Updated: Apr 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM CDT
“To recognize the fact that they came down to protect the city, the businesses, and the homes, all the citizens of this community,” expressed event organizer Phillip Matthews.
Specialist Buddy Siebert was one of dozens of soldiers who helped with sandbagging, evacuations, and clean-up. He said he’s glad to be back in a community that’s come a long way in the last year.
“It’s good to see how far this community’s come on the rebuild process for the devastation that they had so, it’s good to be back,” said Siebert.
22-year-old Megan Born was also honored at Saturday’s events. Her husband Josh paid the ultimate sacrifice just two months ago while serving in Afghanistan.
Born was one of at least 20 people killed during the angry protests over the accidental burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan in February.
“It means a lot that even 6 weeks after my husband was killed the community still remembers his sacrifice,” insisted Born.
Born said she appreciates all the recognition Josh has received, but hopes people remember the war isn’t over yet.
“I hope that people realize that people are still fighting for our country,” she said. “People are still making sacrifices and I hope that they’re proud of that.”