Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Welcome Home

Some communities are doing it right:

“Army Sgt. Manuel Mendoza Valencia, 24, a combat engineer who lost both legs in an explosion in Iraq, rolled up to the door of his new home Saturday afternoon.” Read the rest at The Contra Costa Times. And don’t miss this bit: “Besides his medical progress, Mendoza already has logged other accomplishments. On Dec. 13, he was sworn in as an American citizen at Walter Reed.” So Sgt. Valencia volunteered for the Army during war time in a country where he doesn’t have the right to vote.

(No, I don’t know—the story doesn’t say—if he immigrated here with his family legally. I don’t know what the Army’s procedures are to determine that. )

Gateway Pundit has this story: “Hundreds of residents lined the streets to honor Lance Corporal Timothy Maguire on Tuesday night in Festus, MO a small rural town south of St. Louis.”

Kind of warms the cockles of your heart, doesn’t it?

(H/T: Michelle Malkin)