Holiday Military Heroes

December 25, 2005-- Posted at 10:15 p.m. CDT

HOXIE, AR--You have seen a number of military greetings over the last month on KAIT of service men and women who are overseas and missing Christmas. Back home here in Region 8 their relatives are going through Christmas without a loved one. Air Force Tech Sgt. Carisa Smith Kemper is originally from Hoxie and still has relatives from here in Region 8.

"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.

Although our military service men and women are missed they are always in the thoughts of their loved ones. Merry Christmas Chrissy we love you, from your relatives here in Arkansas.