The death of an American soldier from East Texas leaves me feeling empty inside.
Those of us born after 1945 don't know what its like for a country to stand unified in welcoming soldiers home. But based on the stories I heard from my folks there was a sense that the country was one big family during World War II. Maybe that's why when the family of a local fallen soldier opens their heart and homes to the rest of us, like the family of Private First Class Alan Jaynes from Murchison did last week, it makes you want to do something. But what?
This family will be saying good-bye forever to a son and a brother. Gosh, the loss of a child has got to be the most devastating thing that can happen to a parent.
I don't care where you stand on the war, East Texas will be saying good bye to a hero this week. I wish there was a way we could honor this hero as a community like I imagine they did during World War II. But I can tell you this; Brownsboro high school will be holding a candlelight vigil for PFC Jaynes on Wednesday, January 31st at the high school auditorium. I hope you find it in your heart to support the family by going to the vigil or at least contributing to the scholarship the school has set up in the name of Private First Class Allen Jaynes, an East Texas hero.