War in Iraq: Generals' Last Helicopter Ride

ABC News' Martha Raddatz rides with the U.S. generals who once sent troops in.
2:26 | 12/15/11

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All this week we at ABC news have been marking a milestone the official end of the US mission in Iraq after nearly nine years and so many brave troops. Summoning their strength to do their jobs. Early this morning the command flag was placed in a camouflage case the symbol of end of mission. And that ABC's Martha Raddatz has been in Iraq 21 times covering this war took a final helicopter ride with the generals who sent the troops sent. While on the ground -- general's wife wept for all the courage leading to this day tonight Martha takes all of us along on her ride. This morning under gray skies we joined general Lloyd -- On his last helicopter ride as commander of US forces in Iraq. It was Boston in 2003. Who gave the order for the first US troops to cross into Iraq. And Austin who formally ended the mission today. I was here when we originally secured -- -- field. Just the opportunity to be -- and as we return to its rightful. -- people. The challenges for the Iraqis are enormous attacks are still frequent charges of Iraqi corruption and incompetence a constant. But today the focus was on sacrifice. Service and -- -- what the US military conflict. Even during its darkest -- Require -- to balance conflict. And compassion. -- -- that was -- active more. -- and physical courage. General Dempsey was here in the beginning as well he would be followed by a son and a daughter who also served in the toughest of times. -- wife today speaking for so many family. When you kiss your husband -- -- that's relative calm but you kiss your son and then your daughter combined. In my trips the heart anything. General David C Lewis within 130. Soldiers while he was here. Now keeps the names of the sugar crops on his gun -- it says. -- -- -- Do you -- did try to make it better for the Iraqi People. But it will be a long long time before we truly know whether it was worth the sacrifice.

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