A hero’s sendoff

Anytime I hear of a soldier heading off overseas I always feel like I’ve accomplished nothing with my life in comparison.

I try to imagine what’s going through their parents’ minds, their minds, and what the feeling is like of knowing you are someone’s hero.

Me, I am the former college student, part-time journalist and now graduate student. For some reason my inability to find a full-time job after graduating in 2009 paled in comparison to this past weekend.

I attended a sendoff for a local soldier, Michael Costello, who was leaving for Iraq from the United States Air Force. It wasn’t anything very powerful but the thoughts I’ve had before—what’s going through the mind of the people involved—and it became a lot more significant in some ways.

It really made my problems seem small and insignificant. Very humbling experience.

Hopefully at some point I’ll be reading about (or photographing) a welcome home party for Mr. Costello.

© 2010 Jerry Burnes/Free Press Newspapers


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