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Mesa neighborhood honors fallen soldier

by By Tyler Baldwin / 3TV

azfamily.com

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 4 at 4:14 PM

MESA - An Arizona soldier has died in the war in Afghanistan.

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The people in the Mesa neighborhood where he grew up are honoring him. Thirty-year-old Cory Jenkins and three other soldiers were killed Tuesday when their vehicle was attacked by an IED or improvised explosive device.

Cpt. Jenkins leaves behind a wife and a two-month-old child. While in Afghanistan, he trained medics as a physician's assistant. He was deployed overseas only a few weeks ago and although he was assigned to the Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis, Washington he is from Mesa.

In the neighborhood where he grew up and where his parents still live dozens of flags now line the street in his honor. It was 11-year-old Liam Mcghan's idea to put the flags up. He hammered flag foundations into almost every front yard on the block.

His Boy Scout troop had put a few flags up in the past for special holidays, like 4th of July but when he heard about what happened to his neighbor, he decided to go door to door and see if everyone would put up a flag to pay tribute to the fallen hero.

Liam says, "My mom said the Jenkins' had put their flag up and I thought it would be cool to...for us to put them up on the whole street."

Liam says everyone he asked was happy to put a flag up. Cory Jenkins had a lot of friends in this neighborhood. Every night Liam's Boy Scout troop takes the flags down and they put them back up at 6 a.m. The troop will continue to do it until the funeral.

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