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This is beautiful. My eyes popped out near the end and I choked back tears. You did an outstanding job!
Attention! This is one heart gripping article. Read it. Well written and especially timely for today's military forces. Blessings. :)
What a wonderfully moving story! You conveyed the "voice" of both the colonel and then the father as he switched roles.

This story made me think of how hard it must have been for Jesus to step forward and say, "I'll go."

And of the pain and pride that the Father must have felt at that moment.
I very seldom cry over emotional movies and books but this brought tears to my eyes. You did a great job of capturing the bravery of this young man and the pride of his father. Wow, simply wow.
Congratulations for placing 7th in level 3 and 17th overall!