April 4, 2014

Citizen of the Week: Young soldier

During times of grief, trials can seem more difficult and problems harder to overcome. So too can acts of kindness mean even more and leave an even deeper impression.

When Dalton resident Catherine Harwood’s family had to lay her sister-in-law to rest recently, a young soldier who stood by and saluted the procession caught her attention as she neared the Wells Fargo building at Cleveland Highway and Dawnville Road.

“Beautiful sight!” Harwood said. “Our prayer is that this young man will see this and know that he touched our hearts and made us so proud that he is one of our boys!”

Harwood said she hopes God keeps the man safe and blesses him as he blessed the family.

“We may never know your name, sir, but we will never forget you,” Harwood said. “The family of Agnes Sue Long salutes you!”

Harwood said the family has since lost two more loved ones, and still the memory of the soldier’s salute is impressed into her mind.

She never was able to find out who he is or even in what branch of military he served.

“We would love to know his name and for him to know he is a shining example of an American soldier,” she said.

For his respect and attention given to a grieving American family, The Daily Citizen names the saluting service member Citizen of the Week.

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