Took my two young boys to Kings Mountain this morning to send off the 505th Engineer Combat Batallion of the National Guard. Folks lined Kings Street to wave goodbye and wave American flags and give support.
It was brutal, emotionally.
We read the statistics all the time, but until you see fathers says goodbye to their children, wives say goodbye to their husbands ..
As the buses passed by, you could see the range of emotions. Some wore huge grins at the site of children and adults offering support.
For others on that bus, whom I could briefly see as it moved past, the emotions were too much and the tears flowed.
My 7-year-old looked up at me and said. "They could die, couldn't they Dad?"
Yes, son, they could.
God Bless them one and all.