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LifeInReturn
10-23-2006, 12:38 PM
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1540856,00.html (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1540856,00.html)



U.S. Army 2nd Lieut. Emily Perez, 23, was buried Tuesday at West Point, on a high bluff overlooking the Hudson River, alongside two centuries of fallen graduates from the United States Military Academy. She was the first combat death from the 2005 graduating class — called "the class of 9/11" because they arrived at the prestigious school just two weeks before the terror attacks. She was also the first female West Point graduate to be killed in Iraq.



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Emily Perez, the highest-ranking black and Hispanic woman cadet ever to graduate from West Point, was killed by a roadside bomb near Baghdad on Sept. 12

Even at a school of overachievers, Perez's friends and teachers say that she stood out. She held the second-highest rank in her senior class, and, as Brigade Command Sergeant Major, was the highest-ranking minority woman in the history of West Point. She set school records as a sprinter on the track team, led the school's gospel choir, tutored a number of other students and even helped start a dance squad to cheer on the football and basketball teams. Professors wanted her to be in their classes, soldiers wanted her to lead their cadets, underclassmen wanted to catch a little bit of the unstoppable drive that pushed her to meet and exceed the many challenges the academy throws at its students.


Perez wasn't bashful about her faith either. Every Sunday morning, she'd wake up by playing gospel CDs as she read the Bible. Her roommate Ramirez-Raphael, always trying to catch up on sleep, says Sunday mornings weren't safe until Perez — and the tambourine she always took to play in the Gospel Choir — were at church.

That faith drove Perez to envision a life of service beyond war. As a teenager in Fort Washington, Md., she set up an AIDS ministry in her church. And although her faculty advisor Ender says she could have been literally anything she wanted to, she was most passionate about global-health issues. "She could have been the next Paul Farmer," says Ender. "That's the commitment, and the talent, that she had."


The article is 4 pages long; please read it. It's very evoking in many ways...

LifeInReturn
10-23-2006, 11:04 PM
*bump*

JusThoughtZ
10-23-2006, 11:11 PM
:( yo she and probably many others are worth being Noted as Fallen Soldiers in the Body from what i read she was the Definition of a believer forreal :(

*goes to blog her on myspace*

Shock~Therapy
10-23-2006, 11:28 PM
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1540856,00.html (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1540856,00.html)

That faith drove Perez to envision a life of service beyond war. As a teenager in Fort Washington, Md., she set up an AIDS ministry in her church. And although her faculty advisor Ender says she could have been literally anything she wanted to, she was most passionate about global-health issues. "She could have been the next Paul Farmer," says Ender. "That's the commitment, and the talent, that she had."
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Whoa she's from my local too. Definite respect to this fallen soldier of Christ.

LifeInReturn
10-25-2006, 01:40 PM
from what i read she was the Definition of a believer forreal :(



Yea she sounds pretty awesome, man.

Big Ty
10-25-2006, 03:40 PM
Wow. Ft. Washington is not to far from me.