June 2009

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After Sgt. Daniel Shaw was killed in Iraq on November 5, 2007 his wake back in West Seneca Falls New York was held on Veterans Day. I happened to be town and could not think of a better way to spend Veterans day than by paying my final respects to a soldier and convey my gratitude to his family.

What most impressed me that day, besides the statue like soldiers that stood guard by the flag drapped coffin, was the conversation I had with Sgt. Raleigh Heekin. He was the officer assigned to escort the body of Sgt. Shaw back to Western NY. I was inspired by his stories of combat and his calm resolve to continue the fight.

Beside the coffin of Sgt. Shaw there was an easel, upon which was drapped his uniform. Sgt. Heekin explained the meaning of the crest on the shoulder of the uniform and the words “Keep up the fire” .

You can find out the meaning of that phrase and the rest of my impressions by clicking here: http://www.tfp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=518&Itemid=101

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