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MIA: Hope For Missing Soldier's Family 45 Years Later

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KENNEWICK, Wash- Memorial Day is a day when Americans take time to remember their fallen heroes. For Terri Francisco-Farrell and her sister, every day for the past 45 years has been Memorial Day.

It's hard to imagine dealing with the death of a beloved soldier, but for the Francisco family that's all they had, imagination, because the truth about the death of their brother remained a mystery for years until now.

San D. Francisco was a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. His plane was shot down in Vietnam. He was killed by gunfire during the mission that was meant to save him. These details were completely unknown to his family for almost half a century.

"It's very comforting with the news that we've had," said Terri Francisco "It just brings it all more closer to home."

Last month the sisters received an unclassified report detailing the death of their brother. They've celebrated Memorial Day every year with him in mind, but this year their thoughts are somewhat lighter.

"Memorial day 2013 will always be the biggest step of hope I've had in 45 years…I felt proud that my brother had given his life for his country. I felt happy because there's a community here that supports him and I feel sad to think that he'll never come back."