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Soldier welcomed home

As the war in Iraq continues, sons and daughters serving in the military leave hometowns like Corydon, saying goodbye to their families and friends to serve far away from anything or anyone they know and love. They feel the call of duty to protect and to serve people as they guard the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’ often far longer than planned and sometimes for more than one tour of duty.
Memorial Day, which will be observed Monday, is traditionally a time Americans remember those who have served and the sacrifices they have made in their own lives. Corydon residents have stood at doorways, waving goodbye to some and welcoming others home as the war lingers. Such is the case this weekend, as friends and family of Scott Miller Jr. of Corydon, a graduate of Corydon Central High School, headed for distant shores. Among those he leaves behind are his young bride, Jessica, his parents, Scott and Helena Miller of Corydon, an older sister, Nicole and her young family, his younger brothers, Sam, 16, and Tyler, 11, as well as his 7-year-old sister, Gabrielle. Despite being needed at home by his own family, the soldier is sacrificing time in his young life to honorably serve his country.
Nearly at the same time as Miller is departing, the Fisher family of Corydon welcomes their son home after almost two years of duty in Iraq. Also a former Corydon Central High School student, Spc. Charles Cody Fisher, son of Lisa Fisher of Corydon and Gene Fisher of Louisville, took leave to spend time with family and friends before returning to his next station of duty in Fort Bragg, N.C. Fisher served in the HHC 1-28 Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in West Rashid, Baghdad, under Lt. Cmdr. Patrick D. Frank, battalion commander’s personal security detachment.
When Fisher left town almost two years ago, he also bade farewell to a young bride, Melissa, and a brand-new baby boy, Mason Patrick, who is now 16 months old. Fisher also was needed at home but made the sacrifice to protect this country. The Fisher family is happy to watch as their soldier now gets to spend some time with his own son and watch his toddler grow.
As many other Corydon families yearn for their young soldiers to return home, the families of Miller and Fisher ask everyone to continue to pray for their safe return and to never forget the incredible sacrifices they make in their own lives so that Americans can continue to live in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave.’

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