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Fourth of July bittersweet for veteran who lost son in Iraq

Local soldier who lost his life in Iraq, Timothy Seamans
Local soldier who lost his life in Iraq, Timothy Seamans
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Updated: 7/04/2013 11:49 pm
While many people are celebrating this Independence Day, one local veteran is pausing to remember.

In 2005, at only 20 years old, Dave Seamans' son, Private First Class Timothy Seamans, was killed in action in Iraq.

Freedom isn't free. No one knows that better than Dave.

"August 18th," he said.

It's a day Seamans doesn't need circled on his calendar to remember. He'll never forget what he was doing when he got the life-changing knock on his door.

"Reality set in and I did fall to the ground on my knees and they tried to pick me up and I told them leave me alone," he said.

It took harsh words for reality to set in. But even nearly eight years later, tears formed in Dave's eyes. The memory doesn't get any easier to recall.

"They said, 'Are you David and Monica, the parents of Private First Class Timothy Seamans?' 'Yes I am.'  'We wish to inform you on behalf of the President of the United States, the secretary of the army, and the general of the army, we wish to inform you Private First Class Timothy Seamans was killed at 11:15 this morning.'"

The Fourth of July is bittersweet for Dave and his wife. They're proud of Tim and the sacrifice he made for freedom. But they miss him.

"I feel him but I don't hear him anymore, and that's OK," Dave said.

For now, Dave just looks forward to the day he'll get to see his son again.

"That will be the best homecoming yet. Hopefully I don't only see Tim I see many that I long to see that have gone before me," he said.

Tim was buried at Arlington Memorial Park. Dave and his wife plan to lay flowers at his plot sometime Thursday.
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