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Local Connection: Military Appreciation

Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the 12 men who disappeared last week in the crash of two Marine helicopters off of the North Shore.

It is not only a human tragedy…but also a stunning reminder of how the members of our armed services place themselves in harm's way…even when they are seemingly safe at home.

One picture in particular struck me - of one of the missing men surrounded by his wife and children on a windward Oahu beach.  It made me think about how our military families become entwined in our local community.  We need to embrace these folks… because they bring so much more than just the economic boost of military spending.

They are our friends, our neighbors, as well as our protectors.

So while we follow this tragedy through the search and investigation, lets also remember the human sacrifice that their service is all about.

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