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Strangers say thank you to Capt. Speicher

"People risk their lives going into war to save us."
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Updated: 11/11/2009 6:38 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- It's hard not to think about the family of one local hero, Captain Scott Speicher on this Veterans Day.

He was the first American to go missing in the Gulf War in 1991. It would be 18 long years before his family and our community would have closure.

We spoke with several proud families who made the trip to his grave on Veterans Day. We heard an emotional testimony to Scott Speicher's sacrifice from an 11-year-old boy.

There are fresh flowers and American flags at Capt. Speicher's grave site. One of the flags is from 11-year-old Logan Saienni.

"I figured since it was Veterans Day, it was a perfect time to show respect," said Logan.

The 11-year-old was years from being born when Capt. Speicher was shot down on the first night of the Gulf War. His mom made sure he knew all about the sacrifice Speicher made for this country.

"Speicher is a true hero to me and I've taught that to my son from the get go," said Shelly Saienni.

Logan wanted his flag to stand out to the Speicher family. He wrote thank you on the side of the poll.

"People risk their lives going into war to save us," said Logan.

Action News spoke with Speicher's family. They said this is obviously a very emotional day, but they're happy his remains are back home. Speicher is buried at the Jacksonville Memory Gardens in Orange Park.
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