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Sunday, July 23, 2006


by Sara McWhorter

In a couple hours I will shave and shower and grab my jacket and flag
and head downtown to be a face in the crowd, a hand waving, a hand
waving a flag for Bravo Company riding down downtown on a fire truck.
Finally home! And the hands waving and the signs not like the signs before. So
Welcome Home Troops! Bravo, Bravo Company! And the flags
waving and the yellow ribbons waving and the hands
waving the flags and the ribbons being taken down and the cheers,
Hurrah! and the hats coming off and the mothers crying a little and my hat off
and some dads saluting and my hand waving and the trucks wailing --
all this as sure as there is a war.

Sara McWhorter has appeared in 360 Degrees and in TheScreamOnline.