There I stood, yet again, in an all too familiar place. I stood in the haunting echoes of Taps. I watched the flawless motions of the well-rehearsed tan berets. I watched those who could speak search for the impossible words to describe a life so full. I watched those who could not speak reflect upon the life lost. I watched yet another flag get folded. I watched yet another heart wrenching solute to a wife without a husband. I needed not hear the words shared, they were already all too familiar. To thank a family for their dedication and sacrifice to our country.
There I stood. Yet again. The all too familiar.
Jake Smith is a law enforcement officer and former Army Ranger with four deployments to Afghanistan.
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