As the mother, of a soldier serving in Iraq, I attended the service for your son, David, as an act of support to your family and a way to honor his sacrifice. The memorial service was beautiful, and it gave me insight into the brave hero who gave his all for the country he loved. I guess I expected all of those things. What I didn't expect was the patriotism and outpouring of love that was displayed along the route to the cemetery. I cried the whole way. I have never seen anything like that. Mile after mile the road was covered on both sides by thousands of people waving flags, displaying signs and holding their hand over their heart. It was a real confirmation to me that what our sons are doing, for their country, is appreciated. I thought of your family, ahead of me, and what pride you must have been feeling. I hope that helped a little to ease the pain in your heart.
When I spoke to my son, on the phone, I relayed to him what I had seen. He was also surprised and very touched.
Your family remains in my prayers and I would like to thank you for raising such a wonderful young man who loved his God and his country so much. May God bless you.