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"I think it's great," Tom Juneau said over dinner at his parents' home. "The amount of support we receive now makes our job over there so much easier. I never could imagine how it was in Vietnam where they didn't quite have the patriotism that we have now."
Thick-skinned and a little bit on the cocky side, Tom Juneau said he won't be shedding any tears during the ceremony.
Then a soft voice chimes in from across the dinner table.
"I'll be the emotional one," says Bridget Sura, the twin sister of Bill Juneau.
Wearing a T-shirt with Bill's picture on it and his dog tags around her neck, Sura cried as she thought about what it will mean to watch such a display put on for her brother, who was a football fanatic before he died while helping train Iraqi police.
"I think it's going to be overwhelming," she said. "But I hope that the message comes across as clear as its meant to come across, so that they know, whether they're there or back home or not here anymore, that what they've done or what they're still doing is more than we could ever thank them for."
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