To John, Josephine, Nicola and Emma,
Our Catholic Parish here in southern California honors America's fallen heroes each Memorial Day weekend by randomly selecting names. I've been honored to have selected Chief Warrant Officer John Pratt. John, we are approximately the same age and my daughter serves in the USMC. I pray for her safety each and every day as I know your mom, dad, wife and daughter did. I hope they realize you're in God's presence and safe from all the violence and threat here on Earth and it will only be a matter of time before they all join you. I hope they realize they are not alone in their grief as so many of our nation's grateful God loving people pray for you and them regularly, but especially this weekend when we are all reminded of the courage, honor and strength you and your colleagues exhibit of your own free will. May God forever hold you and your entire family close. I look forward to meeting all of you someday!