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(FOUNTAIN, Colo., September 2, 2004) Melissa Givens listens to President George W. Bush speak as her son, Dakota, 7, finishes writing to his dad on a balloon Thursday night, September 2, 2004. Last night within the Givens home, the family gathered after dinner to inflate balloons, insert Carson's most recent "cute in the kitchen" photo, write messages on the balloons their father, and then release the balloons off to Heaven. Melissa Givens, and her sons, Dakota, 7, and Carson,1, live alone after the death of her husband and the boys' father, US Army Pfc. Jesse A.Givens, killed in Iraq as a member of the US military. He was part of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He drowned when his tank fell into a river as his unit fought fires set by insurgents, May 1, 2003. He was 34 years old. (Photo by: STEVEN R. NICKERSON / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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