Thursday, November 17, 2011

By: Wahokia

Nov 19 2011

Category: Long Beach, Miss.

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Morning ... on an empty stretch of Highway 90 … along the coast … Long Beach, Miss. … three citizens await a funeral procession ... for Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border … a Seabee who died last month ... in Afghanistan … behind them is a parking lot ... people pull in … on warmer days ... walk across the highway … enjoy the Gulf's white sands … I flew in here yesterday ... with one of Border’s friends … another Seabee … also a Chief … Jerry … home on 15 days leave … toward the end of a 13-month deployment … also in Afghanistan … his fourth … looking forward to Thanksgiving … holding his wife ... fishing with his son ... glad that it worked out ... for him to be here ... for his friend ... things like funerals are important … I didn’t know we had Seabees in Afghanistan … but it makes sense … Seabees are builders … noisy ... often out front … exposed ... paving the way … so to speak … I learned we have many in Afghanistan … and their loses have been extreme … the three citizens stand in silence ... holding their flag … hoping more people were here … maybe there are others … elsewhere … they offer ... further down the road … but even if there aren’t … we are here ... they say … “it’s the least we can do."

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