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The emotion of the memorial ceremony

Post by Scott Fontaine on March 31, 2010 at 10:30 am |
March 29, 2010 11:47 am

The mother-in-law of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan wrote an eloquent, emotional post about what it was like to attend the memorial service on base.

Sgt. Joel D. Clarkson of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment died from wounds sustained during a firefight on March 13. The 23-year-old Alaska native died three days later at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

His mother-in-law, Doni Turner, wrote beautifully about the service. “Orion and I sat down in the quiet church, only soft piano music playing, and he took down a bottle and nestled into me,” she wrote. “His little head pressed firmly against my heart, a tiny arm thrown up over my shoulder. He snored…quiet and steady. I felt a sense of peace for those 30 minutes that I hadn’t felt in more than two weeks.”

The full post is here.More here.

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