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July 28, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
I knew the greater Wheeling community had a big heart, but I didn't know how big until last Sunday. The number of people -- especially families with young children -- who turned out to pay their respects to Capt. David VanCamp was amazing and beautiful. VanCamp died while serving his country in Iraq. His parents and wife and other family members had to know how much other Americans shared in their loss and how proud they are to call him an American hero. I hope the turnout gave the family some peace in this terrible time of loss. When I saw the number of motorcycle riders who escorted the hearse, I cried. What a moving moment it was to experience that. It was very humbling to know that many people -- strangers in fact -- took the time to bring a hero home. A big thanks goes out to all who took the time to care. I understand there wasn't a flag left on the shelves of stores in Wheeling Sunday. Let's not put them away. Keep them flying at your homes and businesses. Patriotism isn't just for special occasions. It should be everyday.
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