2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez
Saddened when in the local paper of parents
Daniel & Vicki I read,
About the death of their 23-year old
daughter 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez,
Father and grandfather proudly served their
country I remember that,
She proved a very tough act to follow, this
spunky little Army brat.
At that time she was small in stature but
big in heart,
No matter what the role, Emily more than
played her part,
Armed with the nickname of Kobe for always
Or whatever the task was her shots were
straight and pure.
Active with Peace Baptist Church residing at
A family member afflicted with HIV and her
crusade had begun,
In Prince George County she helped others
start a HIV-AIDS Ministry,
Superwoman was determined to help combat
this deadly disease.
Assistant Principal N. Laney said, “this
wasn’t some average Joe”,
As her high school track coach, Nathaniel
certainly should know,
Alexandria’s Red Cross called her focused
while always ready to go,
The peer education program said she was
never late & very dependable.
An Oxon Hill High School wing commander in
the Junior ROTC,
Serving her country with the Army in any
capacity is what she longed to be,
At West Point, choir, track, first minority
command, cream of the crop,
Intelligent as Emily was she still couldn’t
spell the words quit or stop.
As the platoon leader Perez was patrolling
Iraq in a military Humvee,
A bomb exploded under her truck from
cowardly insurgents called an IED,
A sweetheart decked out in battle fatigues
that only aimed to please,
God called you home to Heaven in the name of
Jesus, our loving Emily.
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