Monday, May 04, 2009

Boy, 6, Accepts Dad's Silver Star

Boy, 6, Accepts Dad's Silver Star | May 01, 2009 | Salt Lake Tribune - WEST HAVEN, Utah -- "Often, when the skies above Kanesville Elementary School are clear, children on recess can look up and see a fighter jet from nearby Hill Air Force Base slicing a sharp white contrail into the blue.

Some of those jets have cut similar trails across Afghan skies. And that's as close as most of this suburban school's students will ever come to the ongoing battle in south Asia.

But, the war flew much closer to home on Wednesday. In a morning assembly before hundreds of teary-eyed students, a stoic 6-year-old named Jase Spargur accepted the Silver Star -- the U.S. military's third-highest medal for valor -- on behalf of his fallen father.

I have known boys like Jase and men like Lt. Brostrom. This story, and the thousands like, should be told and retold to everyone. Seeing it on the six o'clock news is one thing. Seeing the people involved and honoring them for their sacrifice is the only thing that can help people understand how much is given to keep the tides of war and destruction from inundating not only the US but the world.
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