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Dylan Correia, pictured here in his Army fatigues, spent part of his childhood in Craig before his family moved to Grand Junction. He spent summers in the area with his grandparents, “Howdy” and Fran Davis, who live on a ranch northwest of Craig. “That was my sidekick,” “Howdy” Davis said of his grandson, who is serving a deployment in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.

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If Fran Davis’ memory of Christmas Eve could take form, it would be a photograph, its edges worn soft by use from a loving hand. Some of the details in the picture are blurry, like a background out of focus. She can’t remember the songs she was supposed to sing that night for mass at St. Michael Catholic Church or what she said when she greeted other members of the congregation. But the focal point is crisp, the subject clear and distinct. “Do you know how many times a day I relive that moment?” she said, tears spilling down her cheeks.


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