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Macon Soldier Gives Thanks with Family Before Deployment

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Updated: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:55:15 EST

Before Middle Georgia’s 48th Brigade deploys Sunday for Afghanistan, one soldier is enjoying a sentimental Thanksgiving with his family.

The Evans family gathered together to give thanks Thursday to not only for each other but for their precious time with Kenneth Blackstone or as family members calls him, Gene. He’s a Lt. First Sgt. in the Georgia Army National Guard.

"I'm just glad to have him here and this time of the year it's always good to have family," an emotional Connie Evans who is Blackstone’s mother said. 

Sunday will be Blackstone’s fifth deployment and third mission to the Middle East. Two previous ones were peace keeping missions. Blackstone knows he's fortunate to be home to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family before he leaves, but wants people to remember those who aren't as lucky.

"There's thousands of soldiers still overseas, doing the kings work, you know they're putting themselves in harm’s way every day,” he said. “Remember to pray for them and pray for their families."

A departure ceremony is scheduled for 48th Brigade Sunday morning at the Macon Marriott City Center. The brigade is expected to be in Afghanistan up to a year.

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