Rosemary, Paul and Amanda,
Augie was like a part of our family for so many years. As his Cub Scout Den Mother I really enjoyed having him around -- and he was such a wonderful friend to my son, Jonathan.
As you probably know, Jonathan is also a Marine Reservist and was in Iraq in 2003. Jon had been asked last month at his Marine Reserve meeting to volunteer to joint Augie's unit in Iraq. He seriously considered it, but Jon had already started summer school classes at NJIT and decided against going. He wanted to be with Augie as a Marine (remembering all the great times they had at Glen Gray), and help share the burden. Again, Jonathan will be asked this weekend to volunteer for that unit, this time as Augie's replacement. I have begged him not to go back to Iraq. I don't know what his decision will be.
Augie will always be in our hearts,