Karen Clark, Watertown, New York
My two sons and one daughter-in-law are U.S. Army soldiers. Around the holidays I feel nostalgic. I like to remember Christmases past when the only desert discussed was the one in Jerusalem; not Afghanistan. This year, we will all be home for the holidays, but a deployment looms. My amazing children, like all soldiers, have volunteered to make sacrifices to make this world a better place. Pride, respect, anxiety and hope are the emotions I feel as my children protect our country during the holidays.
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