February 13, 2008
My Dearest Bro,
Two years. Two years without you, your pleasant voice, your great smile, your magnificent humor, your great advice, your delightful personality, your charm … yet I can not say without your love.
Monique said at your memorial last year, “Edwin was love; he LOVED. He loved family, he loved friends, he loved music, he loved great food, he loved children, he loved animals, he loved the Army... he loved love.” I realized that it is the perfect description of who you were and the perfect insight as to the reason why your spirit is so alive: because one can not kill love. The Taliban robbed us of your physical presence, but neither of your love nor spirit.
Your love and spirit are palpable when I speak of you, when others remember you and through the support that Mom, Monique, Nelly, Olivier and I have received from our family and from your friends.
It moves me to experience how much people love you, adore you, respect you, miss you and continue to honor you! .
Today, we received emails, cards, letters, poems, calls, there was a special “event” for you from SF 7th Group, and we were, once again, not alone at the mass dedicated to you this morning. This downpour of love is a testament to Monique’s words.
When I think of you or I talk about you, I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the remarkable man that you were, the amazing life that you had, the extraordinary relationship that we had, the profound love that we have for each other and the pride I feel of your accomplishments. Once present to that, there is not room for sadness. Your spirit triumphs over the emptiness, and all there is left to do is to celebrate your life!
I am so proud to be your sister and am consoled to know that I am so blessed to have had you at all, even if for too short of a time.
I miss you deeply and until we meet again, I will keep my promise to honor your sacrifice by living my life fully and making the best use of the freedom you gave your life for. Having said that, I welcome the day that we reunite!
Thank you for everything!
I Love You and Miss You So Much!
Jessica A. DazaChacón-Houdement