Photo of the Day: Dec. 20, 2012

Khalil Quarles, 10, raises his right hand during his honorary enlistment into the Army Reserve as his father, Damon, watches the ceremony held in Baltimore, Md. Maj. Gen Sanford Holman, 200th Military Police Command’s commanding general read the special Oath of Enlistment for Quarles who suffers from a rare form of cancer that affects less than one percent of all people who have been diagnosed cancer. ( Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/U.S. Army)

Sometimes we forget how kids view soldiers in this country.  Details after the break…

From WALB in Albany:

A terminally ill boy who lives in Baltimore, Maryland is now an honorary member of the U.S. Army, thanks to a soldier from Albany.

10 year-old Khalil Quarles has terminal cancer. His dream is to be a soldier. Albany native and Albany State graduate Major Norland James struck up an internet friendship with Khalil. Wednesday afternoon during a Skype conversation, he surprised his young friend.

Soldiers with the 200th Military Police Command showed up at Khalil’s house and held a U.S. Army Reserve Enlistment Ceremony for him. Maj. James said, “It felt really good to me just to see the look on his face and just to see how surprised he was, so it felt good just to give back and for us to say thank you.

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