On Sunday in Charleston, it was a goodbye that families left behind are praying is just temporary. More than 100 members of the Putnam County based 111th Engineer Brigade left from Charleston. For one woman there, her mom and dad are going along.
A mom, a dad and a daughter, all from the same family, will spend more than a year serving together in Iraq. They’re a patriotic family, answering their call to duty. But their happiness to serve their country is mixed with sadness, knowing their family in Iraq won't be complete because one member is staying behind.
The one left behind is saying goodbye to his whole family for 15 months, not knowing if his goodbyes are forever. And he's just one of the many people watching their soldiers leave for war.
They’re left behind, already counting down the days until the flight comes back home.
Before they leave for Iraq, they will be stationed in Wisconsin for training. Their mission is to provide command and control for engineer units in Iraq.