Family praises son's work overseas

March 19, 2008 6:55:20 PM PDT
A local military family stands behind their soldier son. Lt. William Murray has been serving in Iraq for more than a year.

Their son has been serving in the Jordanian-Syrian border and their views are much different than the opinions being expressed at demonstrations across the Bay Area.

There was a demonstration in San Jose in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Library.

One glance at the Murray home in Santa Clara, and you can guess there is a solider serving in Iraq.

First, Lt. William Murray was deployed in January of 2007. Then, his initial one year tour was extended.

There's a yellow ribbon on the garage door for every month bill's been gone -- there's now 15. He's scheduled to come home next week.

"They've accomplished a lot and we're just very blessed and fortunate they're coming home, laugh," said Liz Murray, whose son is serving in Iraq.

The emotions hide a lot of the anxiety the Murray's have felt over the months and the danger their son has faced.

Regardless of the challenges, Bill Murray firmly believes U.S. action in Iraq was the right course to take.

"I think something had to be done. I think once we get done and everything ends, 20 to 30 years from now people will say that's a good thing to happen," said Bill Murray, whose son is serving in Iraq.

Demonstrators on this fifth anniversary of the war couldn't disagree more. Some protesters gathered for a noon time event in Palo Alto.

"Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, innocent Iraqi civilians have lost their lives we haven't done one step in rebuilding their country and it's just a disaster. It has to end," said Paul George from the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

The Murray family says their son has been involved in rebuilding efforts, and they say Iraqi families consistently thank the troops for their presence.

Liz and Bill have seen some of the demonstrations on TV. To them, the protests just add to their feelings of pride, both for their son and their country.

"Men and women in uniform are fighting to keep that right going so people can badmouth the government and do what they want and block people from going to work and protest but that's what's great about this nation," said Murray.

First Lt. William Murray will be home for about a year, but his parents expect him to be deployed again to Iraq because they believe that the need for troops there will be important for years to come.

That is something the protestors hope will not happen.