This is worth the time it takes to watch
I did not know Staff Sergeant 1st Class John C. Beale. I do know that he was 39 years old and had a wife and two children. He was from Georgia and was sent to Afganistan with is National Guard unit 3 weeks before he was killed in action as his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb. Two other Georgia Guardsmen were killed in the same attack, Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette, a 37 year old husband and father of three and Spc. Jeffrey W. Jordan, a 21 husband and father of a one year old son.
I also know that Mr. Beale’s body was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia on June 11th, 2009. The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to McDough, Georgia. A notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time. Hundreds of people lined the route for miles to pay tribute him, a fallen soldier.
Again, I do not know anything more about this man or the others, but I was so moved by THIS VIDEO of small town America paying tribute to a soldier who payed the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom, I had to post it. It’s not the best quality film and it is longer than I can usually handle in my fast paced, too busy to slow down life. However, I simply could not look away from it once it began and the reflection in my black screen when it concluded was of a grateful woman with tears of respect and sorrow.
Thank you, God, for allowing those in my life to return safely from unsafe places, and give peace to those riding in this and similar processions across our land today.
Click the photo to link to the video.