Remembering Those Left Behind This Veteran's Day

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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Abby Bennethum

This picture is sure to bring a tear to your eye. Abby Bennethum snapped this photo of her daughter Paige holding her dad's hand as he stood in formation at Fort Dix.

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While most Americans pause to honor the men and women who devote their lives to keeping our nation safe this Veteran's Day, some are focusing their thoughts on the families they leave behind.

We received the following email this afternoon:

Dear Sirs:

May be this is not the proper address to send my message, but it's the only one I could find. I would like to send a Christmas card to little Paige' s parents. All I know about them is from news on Internet…I remember little Paige every day, so I would really like to submit to them some warm words of love at this special time of the year. I look forwards to your message of help. Thanks a lot.

Isabel (from Argentina)

The little girl she is referring to is 4-year old Paige Bennethum -- the Lehigh Valley tyke who didn't want to let go of her daddy's hand as he went off to war.

The little soldier girl's story became an international sensation after her mom snapped a photo capturing the moment. That photo moved the nation and the world -- telling the true costs of war.

Ever since that photo was shared, we have been inundated with requests for ways to contact the Bennethum family.

Cards and well wishes can be sent to:

Sinking Spring VFW 6150
550  Columbia Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

You can also do your part this holiday season for the troops by supporting the USO. For more information visit

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