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Section A: General News


Marine receives warm welcome


Marine receives warm welcome
Cpl. Trey Malone of Falls City is greeted Nov. 21 by his nephew, Mason Moy, at the San Antonio airport. Malone was returning from deployment to spend his first Thanksgiving with his family since 2008.


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Wilson County News
November 28, 2012
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FALLS CITY -- The photo on the Wilson County News Facebook page speaks volumes.

A soldier returning from military service is greeted by his nephew in the San Antonio International Airport. U.S. Marine Cpl. Fred James “Trey” Malone III arrived home Nov. 21 to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family for the first time since 2008. And the outpouring of love and support from Facebook fans and friends mushroomed, with more than 3,000 viewing the page.

Trey, 24, is the son of Vi Swierc Malone.

The corporal is training for deployment to Afghanistan next spring. His first cousin, U.S. Army Ranger Cody Swierc, also of Falls City, was unable to spend Thanksgiving with his family, as he was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. The son of Gene and Blanche Swierc will not be home for Christmas, either.

The family ties that bind these young men keep their loved ones praying both will be together, safe at home, very soon. Service and dedication, both military and civic, run deep in these families. The Swierc family includes current and former service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.

The patriotic fabric of America waves proudly in most small towns. Flags can be seen flying from most porches and standing tall in yards, waving valiantly in the breeze while reminding passersby of the deep-rooted respect for our country’s values.

We are blessed to live in areas where these sights are seen on nearly every block we pass. Falls City has a unique passion for patriotism. Many of the citizens are veterans, and many have sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews carrying on the tradition of serving in the military. Several homes along the main street in Falls City display gold and blue stars, honoring men and women who have served or are serving their country.

Whether at the weekly Friday morning football Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in the moment of silence during the morning announcements at school, in the locker rooms, during the student-led pre-game prayer with the fans, or during the national anthem at Beaver Stadium, tears can be seen dripping down cheeks as we remember the fallen and currently deployed friends and family.

There is a burning desire to support those who fight for our rights to be where we are at that very moment. A veterans memorial was recently erected at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with much support.

When a former Falls City student, U.S. Army Sgt. Mitchel Mutz, perished in Iraq while deployed, the town literally shut down so residents could line the streets to honor him and his family. When another former student, U.S. Marine Sgt. Travis Pollok, returned home severely wounded, again, the town shut down to line the streets for a parade for him. He is now retired and living in his hometown.

Last week, as rumors circulated that Trey was home for the holidays, homecoming pictures populated Facebook and email. Messages of thanks for his service and good wishes for his family’s Thanksgiving flowed through cyberspace.

Such gestures not only show the service men and women and their families that we support their bravery and sacrifice, but they also cultivate in our growing and impressionable children a deep-seated passion to continue these visible signs of support.

The deep desire to defend our nation is bred into these families, not only to go serve in the military, but also to go into law and government, even teaching school, to carry on this legacy of patriotism. Siblings, cousins, and best friends enlist and serve together, covering the world, while families pray they’ll be reunited sooner rather than later.

We, as a community and family, pray for our loved ones and friends serving stateside, as well as overseas, praying for peace at the same time. There is a great distinction between supporting war and supporting our troops. At times, we may disagree about when wars need to begin, end, or even happen; however, to support a young person who is fighting for our right to disagree is inherent.

Take time this Christmas season to pray for these heroes and their families, as well as those who have served in the past, for their sacrifices.

Cpl. Trey Malone of Falls City is greeted Nov. 21 by his nephew, Mason Moy, at the San Antonio airport. Malone was returning from deployment to spend his first Thanksgiving with his family since 2008.

Many fans of the Wilson County News on Facebook have honored Trey Malone for his service in their comments. Here are but a few:

•“Thank you so much for your service,” wrote Adian Ocanas. “Hoping you enjoy your time home. Happy Thanksgiving.”

•“Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving,” said Martha Martinez. “Thanks for all you do for our country.”

•“Thank you and your family for sacrificing so much for the rest of us. Hope this Thanksgiving is all good,” wrote Dana Sommers. “God bless you.”

•Pam Manka wrote, “Awww.... How special! Have a fabulous time and thank you, Trey!”

•”Welcome home and God bless you for your service!” said Missy Riojas.
 

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BSP  
Floresville  
December 4, 2012 12:15pm
 
Welcome Home!

 
WCN News  
Floresville  
November 30, 2012 1:10pm
 
Thank you for your service, Trey, Cody and Travis. And a special thanks to the family of Mitchel for his ultimate sacrifice. Merry Christmas to you all!

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