How nice that the Hensley's daughter will get an education! And it's nice to see that humanity and compassion still exist.
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"It was a day of outrage and sorrow, a day for Marietta ? and the world ? to mourn.
On the day Jack Hensley, the latest American beheaded by terrorists in Iraq, would have turned 49, strangers offered a gift ? a college education for his teenage daughter.
Throughout the day, shocked Cobb County clergy ? along with political and community leaders ? pulled together, hurriedly arranging a memorial service for 7 tonight on the Marietta Square.
"Basically we want to let our friends and neighbors around us know that these acts have no place in Islam," said Amjad Taufique, a member of the board of Masjid Al-Hedaya Mosque in Marietta, which organized the service.
"And we want to extend our condolences to the family, to show our support for them at a time like this."
And so it went, in schools, where students observed moments of silence; in churches, where members bowed their heads in prayer and touched the shoulders of those sitting beside them; and at the White House, which offered the nation's condolences.
"The terrorists want to shake our will," said Scott McClellan, President Bush's spokesman, "but they will not."
Another memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at North Metro Church of God at 2305 Barrett Parkway in Marietta.
The Hensley family will attend the service, which is open to the public.
The service is being organized by the Rev. Jerry Gladston, senior minister at First Christian Church of Marietta."
"Hensley left Marietta for Iraq in February, where he worked as a project coordinator for Gulf Supplies and Commercial Services, based in the United Arab Emirates.
His wife told CNN his job was to assess ways to help rebuild water systems, schools, electrical grids and other facilities."
This one is close to home.