A TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN
Each time a Southern Colorado military man or woman is killed at war, we try to get in touch with friends or relatives. Our aim is, through them, to pay tribute to the fallen soldier. Some families want to talk, to let everyone know more about the loved one they lost. Other don't want to talk, their grief is private. On Wednesday night we had some information from several of the families of the nine soldiers who died over the weekend. I wanted to put together a short piece to wrap up our extended coverage of the war in Afghanistan and its tremendous impact here at home. Below is a script I wrote and read on the 10 pm newscast, as the final element in our coverage.
EVERY SOLDIER HAS A STORY..AND EVERY TIME WE HEAR ONE OF THOSE STORIES WE LEARN MORE ABOUT A MAN OR WOMAN WHO PUT ON THAT UNIFORM AND WENT TO WAR, FOR US.
SGT JOSH KIRK IS ONE OF THEM..HERE'S WHAT HIS SISTER JESSICA TOLD US ABOUT HIS STORY...
"JOSH WAS REALLY SPECIAL." SHE SAYS, "WE SAW IT EARLY ON. HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SUPER HERO. I REMEMBER HIM AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, MAYBE FIVE OR SIX, RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE IN A SHIRT AND UNDERWEAR WITH A RED TOWEL TIED AROUND HIS NECK, PRETENDING HE WAS SUPERMAN. HE TOOK HONOR AND RESPECT VERY SERIOUSLY."
HE EARNED THAT RESPECT WHEN HE TRADED IN THE COSTUME OF A YOUNG CHILD, FOR THE UNIFORM OF A YOUNG MAN.
THEY ALL DID.
SO TONIGHT, A WAR THAT HAS WORSENED, HAS TAKEN MORE OF OUR NEIGHBORS. THEY ALL HAD FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS, AND HOPES AND DREAMS.
SO SGT KIRK, A SUPER-HERO? PERHAPS NOT.
BUT A HERO?...A HERO. ABSOLUTELY.. ALL OF THEM.
EVERY SOLDIER HAS A STORY, AND EVERY STORY HAS A HERO.
We'll talk again soon.
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