Rossford father who lost his son in Iraq talks about war

David Christoff, Sr. talks to News 11 on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
David Christoff, Sr. talks to News 11 on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
David Christoff, Jr. was a marine serving in Iraq. He signed up the day after 9-11.
David Christoff, Jr. was a marine serving in Iraq. He signed up the day after 9-11.
David Christoff, Jr.
David Christoff, Jr.
The Christoff family met with President Bush after their son was killed.
The Christoff family met with President Bush after their son was killed.

Many military families support the president when it comes to the war, and they'll tell you they believe freedom isn't free.

On this five-year anniversary, Shelley Brown talked with a local father who lost his son in Iraq.

25-year-old Marine Sergeant David Christoff, Jr. -- a native of Rossford -- was killed during a patrol in Iraq in May 2006. He signed up with the Marines the day after 9-11.

His father -- even though he's lost the one person that meant the most to him -- represents the conflict of war. He's hoping the U.S. can complete its mission in Iraq. David Christoff, Sr. tells News 11's Shelley Brown "personally, I've lost my way."

There isn't a day that goes by that David doesn't think about his son whose life was taken in a roadside bombing. Since then, his father has been to Arlington National Cemetery more than a dozen times, and he says it doesn't get easier. "I thought the worst was behind me burying him in Arlington and all of that. It was unbelievable. I guess I'm still kind of in shock a little bit."

Shelley Brown asked,"Does it seem like five years to you?

David Christoff answered, "It doesn't seem like five years."

Five years since the U.S. led its invasion into Iraq. Parents like Christoff -- even though he's lost his only child -- represent the conflict of war and believe America should still stay the course. David says, "They want to complete their mission. Let em. Let em finish for the children of Iraq and children of the United States."

And his thoughts on the anti-war demonstrations? "I am against those people. These young men are there making it safe for us. I mean how did you sleep last night?"

Last memorial day, Christoff had a chance to meet with President Bush. David says, "He cried with us and laughed a little with us." David also says he supports the president and the troops. If he could send out one message to others, it would be this: Hug your kids. That's what I want to tell America. Hug your kids because they could be taken like that."

Posted by LS