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A little girl’s lesson to us all

An Ennis girl has won the hearts of U.S. troops, not just because she sent them boxes of goodies, but because her gift showed she understood the sacrifices of war.
When Cheyenne Smith turned 7 years old recently she asked guests at her birthday party not bring gifts for her but treats for American soldiers serving in Iraq. She didn’t need a new toy or doll, she told her mom Carla Smith, but the soldiers were missing loved ones and needed reminders of home. Cheyenne’s guests came through for her, and she came through for the troops –– mailing two big boxes full of snacks to a combat brigade in Iraq with which Ennis soldier, Col. Larry Fleishman, is affiliated. He shared the treats with his fellow soldiers and they were so thrilled they are now mailing a special thank you present to little Cheyenne.
One of the servicemen who enjoyed Cheyenne’s snacks was Command Sgt. Major J. Dean Bridges.
Here’s what he had to say about Cheyenne:
“Here is a young girl of seven years who understands more about freedom than some adults. She understands that freedom is a sacrifice and was willing to give up her birthday presents to support soldiers away from home. For me that makes Cheyenne the real hero, I wish I could give her an award for her support. Thanks Cheyenne. You are a true American. I salute you.”
The Ennis Daily News also salutes Cheyenne Smith for showing us all what patriotism really means.

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