A Sad Farewell

November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 10:38 PM EDT

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November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 10:38 PM EDT

I just happened to see it drive by on Sheridan Drive. The motorcade for the Amherst soldier who died on the battlefields of Afghanistan, as he was brought to his final resting place.

It seemed to go on forever. It was led by the Patriot Guard Riders, volunteers who've made it their duty to honor fallen soldiers.

The motorcycles were followed by car after car after car. It was amazing how many people 21-year old Army Specialist Blake Whipple touched in his short life. The hero was killed by an improvised explosive device earlier this month.

It's heartbreaking every single time we hear it. So young. So brave. And yet all I can think about, as a mother myself, is a family who sadly won't see their loved one grow up.

I recently have gotten to know a young soldier who served several years in the service, including tours in Afghanistan. He's out now, and attending Medaille College under the GI Bill.

I asked him why he decided to come back. He said that it was getting very volatile in Afghanistan, and he figured his luck was bound to run out soon.

I am so glad he's back here, continuing on with his life, and I am grateful for his service.