09 June 2009

Farewell PVT Long

RIP, Private Long

Pvt. William Long was to have been on his way to his first posting Monday when, instead, he was being eulogized in his hometown.

Long, from Conway, was killed June 1 outside the Army-Navy Career Center in west Little Rock where he had volunteered to tell others about his military experience. A Muslim convert once imprisoned in Yemen has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in Long's death. He allegedly told police he targeted Army personnel "because of what they had done to Muslims in the past."

About 200 people packed into the Harlan Park Baptist Church for the service.

My prayers for you and your family, a toast to fallen warrior, and the thanks of a grateful nation. You volunteered. That's all anyone can ever ask. Hooah.