Sunday, December 25, 2005
And now some news and notes from Central Pennsylvania
DECORATIONS HONOR FALLEN SOLDIER
December 24, 2005
By David Hurst, Staff Writter
The message to fallen soldier Staff Sgt. Dan Lightner: I'm proud of you.
The message to George W. Bush: It's time to start bringing troops home.
"This banner and these lights are staying up until the soldiers come home from Iraq," she said. I hope the president sees it. I just think we've done what we can over there, and it's time to start bringing them back home."
A banner is draped across the porch on her grayish Bakerton home, a salute to current and fallen soldiers. Fagan said she went all over the area looking for patriotic decor, buying out strings of red, white and blue lights that local drug and dollar stores usually sell for the Fourth of July.
Lightner, 28, volunteered for a second stint in the Middle East this year and was stationed in Ramadi province this fall. He was part of a 14-unit convoy conducting combat operations October 27 when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.
It was his sister's birthday.
His siter and aunt described Dan as a caring, deeply religious man who strived to help people. He had been a state trooper since 2003 and was the first from Pennsylvania to die in Iraq. Fagan said.
Much like poll numbers show nationwide, Dan Lightner's family is split on the war.
She thought her aunt's decision to support the troops was a good idea but does not think the U.S. should pull out of Iraq.
Fagan believes the military has done all they can. Saddam Hussein's regime has been overthrown, Hussein has been caught and no weapons of mass destruction have were found.
Dan's mother, Judy, doesn't pay attention to war news on television anymore adding only "that I have to go along with Danny," because he believed the work in Iraq wasn't finished. "He beleived he could get over there and save the world," she said.
As opinionated as I am... I'm just going to let this story stand for it's self.
Being Christmas I'll just add... God Bless the Lightner family... all of them!
Patrick ~ ThePATriotBlog
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