Sunday, April 11, 2010 --
I visited the memorial for the National Guard today with my husband and friends. As we were getting ready to leave, I went to look at the boots by the flag and saw the picture of your son, Robert Bittiker. I read the inscription on the back and took it home with me. I have placed it in my garden under a big Magnolia tree on a bench with a statue that I have had for many years.
Every day when I sit on my back porch and look at that garden I will think of your son and his great sacrifice to our country. May he rest in peace and the Good Lord give your family the strength to accept this. I will keep him in my prayers always. If we ever move, I will take it with us and let you know where it is.
We live in Magnolia Greens near the Cape Fear Bridge south of Wilmington.