December 25, 2005-- Posted at 10:15 p.m. CDT
"It hurts that she isn't here but I think it probably hurts her worse because she has two young twin boys and a husband," said Imogene Clay mother of Tech Sgt. Smith Kemper.
Christmas day Imogene opened her Christmas gift from her daughter and she still cherishes a poem her daughter sent her a couple years ago when she was away for Christmas.
"No matter how far away and how long we are apart, I want you to know you are always in my heart, I love you and miss you, so I just want to say hope you will have a wonderful Christmas Day," said Tech Sgt. Smith Kemper.
On a day when most people here in Region 8 are spending time with loved ones those with relatives in the armed forces miss them but are very proud of the sacrifice.
"Trust the lord and be proud of their children that are serving our country and we have a free country and it is a great place to live," said Clay.