Thursday, October 21, 2010

In honor of PFC Jordan Byrd

I don't know the Byrd family, but last week their son became the first soldier from Tooele county to die in Afghanistan. The county has really done a great job honoring him and his sacrifice. When his body was returned, 1000+ flags lined SR36 from Lakepoint to Tooele - all 19 miles. All of the businesses in town had thier flags at half mast, and many of them mentioned him in their marquees.

He had only been in Afghanistan for three weeks. He received special permission to deploy later than the rest of his platoon so that he could be present for the birth of his first/only child who is now just three weeks old. It's horribly sad. He will be laid to rest tomorrow.

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