Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2008]
This one is for Private Matt Maupin, a local soldier captured
The insurgents put him on video after they captured him and televised it. Shortly thereafter another video was seen of a soldier as he was beheaded. But his family firmly believed it wasn't him. All we know is that his remains have been found, whether or not he was actually beheaded, we don't know (and they complain about how we treat
His family and many of their friends even marched in our local annual Baseball Opening Day Parade on Monday, proudly carrying Flags in honor of their son.
I think President John F. Kennedy expressed it rather well when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." God Bless Matt Maupin, and all of our soldiers, Veterans, past, present, future, living and deceased. Long Live Freedom.
Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for Matt, his family, and our troops around the world. There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.
GOD BLESS YOU FOR PASSING IT ON!
Origins: Matt Maupin, then a 20-year-old Army reservist from Batavia, Ohio, went missing after an attack on a fuel convoy near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on
According to friends of the Maupin family, Matt's remains are expected to arrive at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport on
The family said they would like the public to line the route with candles to "light his way home."
The funeral procession will go from:
Beechmont to 32
Right on Glen Este-Withamsville
Past Glen Este High School, past the park
Right on Clough Pike
Right on Ferguson Drive
Right on Aicoltz Road to the Union Township Civic Center where the funeral service will be held on Sunday
Last updated: 21 April 2008
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