December 9, 2004

Community To Offer Heroís Welcome For Local Marine

Fallujah is becoming a household name for most Americans. The battleground in Iraq has gained notoriety as one of the deadliest cities in the war-torn country. The name Fallujah will be etched in the memories of the Scotland County community as it brought the war home for most locals when they heard the news of a local boy being seriously injured in the fighting there.

United States Marine Robbie Miller, son of Glen and Suzy Miller of Memphis, was injured November 10 in fighting near Fallujah. He suffered serious injuries from a grenade or other explosive device that struck him as his unit was attempting to rescue fellow soldiers that were under attack by Iraqi insurgents.

After spending five days at the armed forcesí largest hospital in Europe, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Miller returned to the United States, first to a Marine facility in Maryland before finally returning to his home base at Camp Pendleton. His parents were able to meet him on the East Coast and then traveled across the country to be with Robbie as he recovered in California. Robbie has been recovering from his injuries in California for the past three weeks, and will be returning home to Memphis this week.

The community is planning to greet Miller with a heroís welcome. A parade will be held in Robbieís honor on Friday, December 10th at 2 p.m. on the Memphis square.

The Scotland County community is invited to attend by gathering on the outer part of the square, with the north side of the square being reserved for SCR-I elementary students.

Everyone is invited to show their support by wearing red, white and blue shirts and displaying yellow ribbons.

Patriotic and yellow ribbons will be available free of charge at the following businesses on the square; City Hall, Community Bank of Memphis, Cookís Mens Store, Gerth and Baskett Furniture, Primrose Realty and Scottís Home Center.

Immediately following the parade, there will be a short presentation on the square.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at SCR-I high school gym.

After learning that Miller was injured, seventh and eighth grade students at Gorin R-III School started a fundraiser for the family to help offset travel costs and medical expenses. As of December 13 nearly $1,300 had been donated to the cause.



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