WAR COMES HOME - DAY 1 - Intro - War Comes Home

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

INTRO TO WAR COMES HOME PACKAGE

Main Day Intro:

     We in Illinois sometimes think of the War on Terror as far away, across the sea, "over there."

But it's closer to home than we may realize.

The evidence is scattered across the state: here, nourishing a local economy through a defense contract; there, in the tears of those who mourn 177 dead.

It's etched on grave markers of soldiers from places as small as Bardolph and as large as Chicago.

It's on the faces of friends and family of thousands of troops who spend restless desert nights dreaming of soybean fields and skyscrapers and suburban streets back in Illinois.

We see snapshots where we live and work:

The helicopter pilot near Minonk who flew missions in Southeast Asia as a young man and in the Middle East as he neared retirement.

The state official in Hoffman Estates who stands proud on prosthetic legs but worries that her husband could be wounded, as well.

The factories in Belleville and Chicago that supply shoes and cereal for the fighting forces.

The Princeton police chief who is called away for multiple tours of duty.

The veterans returning home, only to face another barrage – this time of paperwork.

In this series, we have assembled these snapshots into an album that accompanies a larger picture. That the War on Terror isn't just "over there," it's also over here.

In Illinois.