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Sermon for a fallen Marine

They met just once — Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank and Seth Moland-Kovash, pastor of youth and family at Our Saviour Lutheran — on the Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 21, 2003, at the Arlington Heights, Ill., church. Frank, 20, on leave from Camp Pendleton in California, was worshiping with his parents, Georgette and Roy Frank. He knew he was going to Iraq. "In his desert camouflage uniform, he stood out from the crowd," Moland-Kovash recalls. "I assured him of our prayers." On April 24, the pastor presided at Frank's funeral. Here is an excerpt of that sermon.


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