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TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE SUPREME SACRIFICE MADE BY SPECIALIST CHRYSTAL G. STOUT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA AIR NATIONAL GUARD, WHILE SHE WAS SERVING A TOUR OF MILITARY DUTY IN AFGHANISTAN AND TO EXPRESS TO HER FATHER AND TO HER SISTER THE DEEPEST APPRECIATION OF A GRATEFUL STATE AND NATION FOR HER LIFE, SACRIFICE, AND SERVICE.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly on behalf of all South Carolinians acknowledge with deep appreciation the great sacrifice that the men and women of the United States Armed Forces make for the ideals of freedom and justice which are so richly enjoyed in this nation; and
Whereas, answering the call of her country to serve with the 228th Signal Brigade of the South Carolina Air National Guard in Afghanistan, Specialist Chrystal G. Stout left her family and her home in Travelers Rest, South Carolina; and
Whereas, on April 6, 2005, at the age of twenty-three, Specialist Stout lost her life in Afghanistan for the cause of freedom; and
Whereas, she was an accomplished soldier as a member of the 151st Signal Battalion and did outstanding work as a network specialist; and
Whereas, there is no greater or braver sacrifice than to lay down your life for your country; and
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly takes great honor in remembering the life and sacrifice of one of South Carolina's brave daughters and heroes, Specialist Chrystal G. Stout; and
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly would like to express to the father and sister of Specialist Stout their grateful appreciation for her life, her sacrifice, and her service. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, honor and remember the supreme sacrifice made by Specialist Chrystal G. Stout of the South Carolina Air National Guard while she was serving a tour of military duty in Afghanistan and express to her father and her sister the deepest appreciation of a grateful state and nation for her life, sacrifice, and service.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to her father, Tony Lee Stout, and to her sister, Sonya Powell.
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