In recent events involving the freeze in pay for our military, the anticipated repercussion from the capture & debated death of Osama Bin Laden, & knowing how our reservists are probably working with the disasters plaguing our nation, I want to take a moment to publicly acknowledge my sincere appreciation of all those dedicated to our freedom.
One of my Facebook acquaintances, Qais Khan, who is a Corporal/Specialist at United States Army posted this days ago:
“I’m a Soldier, I don’t make political decisions, I’m not invited to conferences to declare war, I’m not the one determining who is the enemy, neither do I choose where I should go to war next. I don’t get paid the big money to make those decisions, but I’m ready to destroy and fight until my last breath, hoping my superiors are making those decisions with keeping me in mind.”
This is the heartbeat of most of our military men & women. Recently I joined in to provide “A cup of Joe for a Joe” through http://www.greenbeanscoffee.com/ & it is beyond rewarding to receive their thanks of how something as simple as java brings connection to those who support them.
I heard this letter being read this morning & was moved to tears. I honor those who have served, are serving, have lost loved ones through service, or those who know someone dedicating their lives to the service of our nation.
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
From the future, thank you President Abraham Lincoln for taking the time to acknowledge this mother’s grief.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend,