December 10, 2009
I am sending this email because I saw your son, Robert’s picture at Mount Vernon, Virginia, over Thanksgiving weekend. It was a good picture, with a description on the back, describing the ultimate sacrifice that he & fellow NC Guardsmen made on June 29, 2009. I was incredibly touched by his personal conviction; his sacrifice; and your pride in his Service.
While the note on the back of the card instructed the reader to take Robert’s picture to a favorite place, I could think of no place more fitting, or worthy, than where I found it. It was overlooking George Washington’s home, at the very birthplace of our Freedom.
Before I placed it carefully back in its resting place, in the large courtyard in front of Washington’s home, I showed it to our six-year-old Daughter. I explained that these are the men & women who protect us, and who watch over us at night, so that we can enjoy both quality-of-life and Freedom.
Thank you again for raising a wonderful son – Robert. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice. And thank you for still believing in the mission. I remain,
Humbled and respectful,