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My daughter and I would like to thank some of the people who embraced us, gave us words of courage, hope, sympathy and love for our family in regards to the death of Staff Sgt. John DeLong:
Sgt. Toshiro Snyder; Fort McPherson Honor Guard; Sgt. Scott Denlinger; Sgt. Eric Zinn; Doug Glidden and the Patriot Riders; Georgia State Patrol; Gainesville City Police; Andy Thompson of the Red Cross; Ben Mason and Staff; First Baptist Church; Gainesville High school Class of 1963; Tadmore Elementary colleagues; the U.S. Army; the Gainesville and Colorado Springs communities; and The Times.
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel and we will always remember the graciousness of Gainesville residents. We are most humbled by your actions.
Judith A. DeLong