Army Sgt. Emerson N. Brand
29, of Rigby, Idaho; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died March 15 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat operations. Also killed were Army Staff Sgt. Blake M. Harris, Army Staff Sgt. Terry W. Prater and Army Pfc. James L. Arnold.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE READERS WRITE BACK
To the editor:
So many gathered on Saturday to try to bring comfort to a grieving family and to show appreciation to a fallen hero. Those of us in attendance saw many everyday heroes also honoring Sgt. Brand
I’ll never forget the sight or the mission of the Patriot Guard. These riders are so dedicated to honoring, respecting and giving dignity to our fallen heroes it inspires awe in all of us.
I couldn’t help but notice the Boy Scouts’ dedication either. They worked hard and respectfully under the very able guidance of their scoutmaster, Steve Morgan. They were also just amazing.
On our way to the funeral, even Royse City had their American Flags lining the streets in a show of solidarity to their neighbor, Caddo Mills.
I doubt any big funeral home could have handled Sgt. Brands Funeral with more dignity, respect, or professionalism than Rentfrow’s.
All the area residents that lined the streets with their flags was a sight to warm anyone’s heart.
This is the way Texas honors their heroes.
Ann Jusko Rockwall
Sunday March 25th 2007