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Remembering Ennis’ war dead

This week marks the 5th anniversary of America’s invasion of Iraq. Yesterday anti-war activists hit the streets across the country protesting the War on Terror while the President defended it in Washington, but here in Ennis people quietly remembered the men our community has lost, and thanked God for the safe return of others.
The war has hit this town hard, with four men lost in the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist factions since 2000, when Rice’s Tim Guana died in the bombing of the USS Cole. That was before the atrocities of 9/11, the strike on Afghanistan to take revenge on Bin-Ladin and the nation’s entrance into full-fledged war with Iraq.
Tim’s death was a local wake-up call to the reality of our world’s precarious state. But like most Americans, the danger we faced wasn’t brought home until the disasters in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania stunned and grieved us as a nation as nothing had since the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Ennis-area’s next Iraq War loss was Aaron Latimer, who died in 2006. In the span of a year, we lost two more local men –– Kyle Nolen and Chad Domino. Of course we have also witnessed the triumph of returned Ennis warriors like Ben Kyser, Jonathan Goza and others.
We have watched the departure of new soldiers, like Jessica McBride, for the frontlines. We especially keep these men and women on our minds and in our hearts, and pray they will come home again to embrace loved ones and build happy lives for themselves. But as Jonathan Goza said when greeted by well-wishers on his return to Ennis, those who’ll never have a homecoming are the real heroes. So, let’s remember Aaron, Kyle, Tim and Chad today, and their families. Let us also pray for the troops now in harm’s way, and for God’s guidance of our nation in resolving this conflict.

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