Before he left for the Middle East, Ben Hilliard called home to ask for prayers.
Hilliard and his family are members of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Glastonbury, Conn. He is a Marine with the Fox 2/5 company that shipped out Jan. 31. Reporter Mike Cerre is covering his unit for ABC-TV.
When Hilliard left for Kuwait, his mother, Jane Maulucci, said, “Among the essentials in his pack were his metal-covered Bible and an American flag. When he called home to say goodbye, he asked for prayers because they are light but carry a lot of weight.”
In The Luthern Link, a New England Synod publication, Maulucci wrote: “I pray for his safety and the safety of all the troops, and I pray for the wisdom of his superiors—from the field to the White House. I pray that we all remember that the ‘troops’ are actually our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, wives and husbands. I pray for peace."
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