We didn't get a 4th of July post up this year, but we'd like to do a belated one. (Thanks, Mary, for the link.)
Staff Sgt. John Beale was one of 3 Georgia National Guardsmen killed in action in Afghanistan when their convoy hit a bomb. SSgt. Beale's body was returned home, arriving at Falcon Field in Peachtree City, south of Atlanta, on June 11. From there, the Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough. Thousands lined the streest along the route to honor this fallen American hero. Every soldier who gives his or her life in service to country deserves the same honor from the community.
The link below is for a short video of the final leg of SSgt. Beale's journey home. It was taken by someone riding in the procession, so it might waver and wander, but all the flags made us think again about the 4th of July and how dearly many pay for freedom.
A Hero's Salute to Staff Sgt. John Beale.