Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Fallen Hero Returns Home

Friday was quite a day here in the Jacksonville area.

On August 2nd, thanks to our military search and one single nomad in the area who remembered burying a man as a young child with his family, the remains of Captain Michael "Scott" Speicher have returned home. He was the longest missing soldier from the first Gulf War - 18 years, 6 months, and 11 days. He moved here to Jax when he was 15, graduated from a local high school, attended Florida State University, and then eventually served in the Navy here. Today was his memorial.

While I feel so bittersweet about his homecoming (I kept hoping he'd return alive), I am very thankful for his (and his family's) sacrifice and that his former wife and two sweet children can put the unknowing to rest; that they can start to heal and know that their father is in Heaven watching over them.

May he now rest in peace . . .

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