June 1, 2011

In Memory of Pvt. William Andrew "Andy" Long -- Murdered by a Terrorist on US soil June 1, 2009

This Memorial Day weekend I had the joy of visiting my family to celebrate Mom's birthday. We had a reunion of family including all six children, many grandchildren and numerous other relatives totally over 50 people. There was however, one important person missing. Unable to attend the gathering was Private William Andrew " Andy" Long, US Army deceased. Why was Andy not there? Because two years ago today he was murdered by a TERRORIST in a drive by shooting outside the Army recruiting center in Little Rock Arkanssas where he was volunteering while waiting for orders to ship out to Iraq. We honored him and miss him and pray daily for justice to be served.

It has taken more than two years for our justice system to be ready to try this case!! It finally looks like the trial will begin in mid July. Of course that is just a guess, since the defense and the murderer have been able to stall and ask for all sorts of stays etc. during the entire time since the murder.

Here is Andy's obit from the Arkansas papers:

Pvt. William Andrew “Andy” Long, 23 of Conway, died Monday, June 1, 2009. Andy was born June 26, 1985 in Long Beach, CA to Daris and Janet (Roberson) Long.

Andy recently finished Army training at Ft. Benning, GA, and was on his way to Korea. He attended Sunny Gap Baptist Church in Conway. His family says he had an infectious smile, a great sense of humor, and a brilliant mind. He is a hero.

Andy is survived by his parents, Daris and Janet Long of Conway; sister Vanessa Rice and husband Robert of Conway and brother Triston Long of Ft. Bliss, TX; grandparents James and Virginia Roberson of Conway and Betty Long of Salt Lake City, UT; and numerous other family members.

This brings the sacrifices of our many service men and women right into my living room and I honor and applaud them for their willingness to fight to keep us a free nation.

Gone but not forgotten:

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