Friday, November 11, 2011

Goodbye, Friend

I was out at the new Veterans Cemetery in South Knoxville on John Sevier Highway yesterday for the internment of my friend, Barry Long, a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq. Barry was a year younger than me, and we met each other in elementary school. He fell ill last week and died early Sunday morning. The ceremony with full military honors and a bagpipe was very moving, and my heart breaks for his family. He was a great guy.