Yesterday the Cincinnati tri-state area got the word that Matt Maupin, a young solider missing in Iraq since April 9, 2004 was found in Iraq over the weekend. The army has informed his parents that his remains were found in Northern Baghdad and DNA conclusively confirmed that they were the remains of Matt. Matt was a 2001 graduate from Glen Este High School in the Cincinnati area and joined the army. His convey was attacked in 2004 and he was considered missing/captured ever since. There was a video released a week after his capture and another a few months later claiming to be of his execution but that was never confirmed. He was the only solider still listed as missing in the Iraq war.
I was so sad yesterday when the news was released. I think most of us knew that this would probably be the outcome but we wanted so much to think there might have been hope for Matt. I'm just glad that his parents will now have closure and remains to bury giving them somewhere to visist to honor his life and his sacrifice!
My heart and prayers go out the Maupin family, his mom Carolyn and dad Keith, his wife and son. I thank you for such a wonderful son/husband/father who was willing to put his life on the line for his country! The whole country grieves with you now as this journey closes and we wish you peace as the new journey of moving on begins!
My heart and prayers go out to all of our other soliders and their families. I hope that we will be able to bring you home soon! Until then thank you for all that you do to keep America the country we love today!