Seven-year-old Kolbi Blevins couldn’t have been more proud on the morning of Oct. 23, 2009. That was the day that the American Flag was to be raised at Eagle Rock Elementary. But what made Kolbi especially proud was that it wasn’t just any American Flag, it was the American Flag that flew on Aug. 16, 2009 at Headquarters Task Force Guardian 1st Battalion 186th Infantry in Tallil, Iraq. And it was presented to Kolbi’s father, SFC Clinton L. Blevins for Eagle Rock Elementary.
The National Guard Color Guard presented the colors and raised the flag as Kolbi stood by watching their every move.
At an assembly wherein Principal Joni Parsons talked about the flag and its importance and its history, she also offered a statement from SFC Blevins: “I would like for you to express to the kids how lucky they are living in our great nation and not to take things for granted. I always tell my son, Kolbi, that I’m doing this for him., I’m sacrificing our time together in order for him to have a better life. He may be only 7, but I think he understands,” said Blevins in his message to the students.
He was headed back to Bagdad minutes after writing the note. According to Kolbi, his dad is expected home on leave in the next couple of weeks. Kolbi’s mother is Cheyenne Blevins.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent