Friday, November 13, 2009

A Fallen Hero, Aaron Aamot

Our county had its first casualty in Afghanistan last week. The body of 22 year old Aaron Aamot was brought home today (November 12, 2009).

Hundreds (some news reports said thousands) of people lined Main Street, most of them holding flags or signs. There was a fire truck on either side of Main street. Their extended ladders met over the street and a huge American flag was suspended from them.

When word was received that the motorcade was on its way, traffic was blocked off of Main Street. First there were 5 or 6 motorcycle cops with all their lights on. They were followed by the hearse carrying the flag draped casket, then cars driven by the military escorts carrying the family members. There were many police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and state troopers cars all with lights blazing. Following all that there were about 60 motorcycles.

As the motorcade passed, everyone became very quiet. Some removed their hats, some saluted. I stood there with tears streaming down my face. I did not expect to get so emotional about it. I did not know the young man and I do not know the family. Maybe it is because I have a 22 year old son currently serving on a ship that is providing air support for the ground troops in Afghanistan. Maybe it was because I was thinking of this grieving family. I read that the family is Christian and they said this is only a temporary separation. I'm glad that they have that. I don't know how you get through something like this otherwise.

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