Generally, Country’s Chatter is always posts about country music. The artists, the tours, the new CDs, television appearances, and even news about them and their families. This post is different. But it is one I wanted to write.
I live in a very small town, Erwin, Tenn. The town sits in the middle of Unicoi County, and is the county seat. There are only about 17,000 people in the whole county, and I think we all know each other.
Everyone was saddened when we learned last week that Senior Airman Benjamin D. White was killed in Afghanistan June 9, when his NATO helicopter was shot down by Taliban insurgents. Today, his body was returned to Erwin for burial.
The flight carrying the airman from Dover AFB., landed at Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, Tenn., at 9:10 a.m., and a procession began from the airport to Erwin. People watched and waited to pay their respects, as the procession headed down Interstate 26. They stood on overpasses with their American flags. The town of Erwin was crowded, as the procession made its way from the exit on the interstate to the funeral home on North Main Avenue.
Many government agencies, local fire, police and rescue departments, and hundreds of motorcycle-riding members of Rolling Thunder were among those who took part in giving Airman White the heroes welcome he so richly deserved. I wish I could personally thank everyone for giving their time to show they cared.
The war is bad, the lives it takes tragic, but to see this kind of support and respect can only warm the heats of people who knew and loved Benjamin White. I hope we all remember the sacrifice this young man, and others like him, have made that we might continue to live in a free America.
I’ll talk to you all soon. Thanks for reading – I really wanted to share this with all of you. Drop me a line when you can. I always look forward to your e-mail.
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