I would like to extend my prayers to you and your families. Our son is currently serving with the 48th Brigade in Iraq. He wrote this poem right before he left. I think it expresses my thoughts so I'll print it for you.
Anticipations of War
The time for battle draws close at hand
We train to fight in a foreign land
Some of us look to heaven above
As we leave our homes and the ones we love
They wait patiently by the phone
In the hope that we will soon be home
We cannot help but to shed tears
for we all know what it is they fear
The story’s been told many times before
Of soldiers on some far away shore
Some of us, heroes, war will make
Not counting the lives that we have to take
We remember our comrades in arms.
We pray to keep them safe from harm.
For those before us who fought with might
And the face of God was their final sight
I pray that you will find your way home
I’m glad that you are no longer alone
Some of us young and some of us old
Unsure of what the future will hold
Will we bring freedom to this far away land?
What will we find in the hot desert sand?
Specialist Jonathan Steele
48th Infantry Brigade