Local Soldier Comes Home for Memorial Day

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

May 28, 2007

As millions across the country take time to reflect and remember this Memorial Day, one local soldier back from Iraq tells us what the day means to him.

Sgt. Bryan Jenkins was born and raised in Waynesboro.

He recently spent over six months serving his country in Iraq, but he was able to spend this Memorial Day at home with family and friends.

Although his three years in the army haven't always been easy, Sgt. Jenkins says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Everyday it’s something different whether its helping somebody else deal with problems or going out there and solving them on your own, its always a challenge,” said Jenkins

Jenkins said on Memorial Day he will pray for others to come back home as well.

He said, “It’s remembering those who have fallen and also those who did serve and protected this country once before.”

As many families will both miss and celebrate the thousands of service men and women who have lost their lives, Jenkins says he too remembers the life of someone special.

“To me it means remembering good friends like (Staff Sgt.) Dwayne P. R. Lewis who was killed in action in Iraq our last trip. The first time we met was at the gym in Camp Liberty. We just went out there for our daily routine. I ran into him and he was just one of the biggest men you'll ever meet, but one of the ones with the biggest heart as well. Couldn't have asked for a gentler soul,” said Sgt Jenkins.

Jenkins also added that he hopes Americans continue to support the troops, even if they don't support the war.

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