This is Spc Colin Barnhart, a fire team leader in the 1-158th Infantry, Arizona Army National Guard.
In 2006 his unit deployed to Afghanistan. Colin was not yet deployable at the time. While Mom and Dad were grateful, it was hard on my son to see his buddies leave without him.
In March, 2008 the 1-158th returned home, All but two of them:
Today is a day of mixed emotions. While I am proudly wearing my "My son defends freedom in the Army Infantry" t-shirt, my thoughts and prayers are also with Browning, MIller, and their families.
Thank you for indulging me on this Memorial Day 2009.